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Offline TahoeBlue

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17 years in Afghanistan
« on: August 23, 2018, 09:52:18 am »
for what ever reason ... there are now several articles on the USA/UK/NATO/DEA  stay in Afghanistan

I guess because it is now the longer conflict USA's been in like Vietnam and Korea ...  hmmm

https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/07/09/afghanistan-17-years-of-incompetence-corruption-and-waste/
Afghanistan: 17 Years of Incompetence, Corruption, and Waste

After 17 years, the goal of ?stabilization? in Afghanistan seems unrealistic. Photo credit: Cpl. Matthew DeVirgilio / Army.mil (CC0)

The US has spent billions and billions of dollars in Afghanistan, and has little to show for it.

Between 2001 and 2017, the US government largely failed in its massive, ambitious, and expensive effort to stabilize dangerous areas in Afghanistan. Under immense pressure to succeed in that mission, US government agencies spent far too much money, far too quickly, in a country woefully unprepared to absorb it.

Opportunities for corruption and resource misallocation flourished, making many of those projects far more harmful than helpful.

That bleak assessment is the conclusion of a recent report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which showed just how complex the situation in Afghanistan has been, and how the US-led coalition failed to achieve its objectives.

One objective was ?stabilization.? Stabilization means keeping insurgents out of an area after they have been expelled by security forces.

Experts believe that this is a key area in which the US has failed.
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The US effort to reduce the amount of opium grown in Afghanistan is one example.

In a previous interview with WhoWhatWhy, Special Inspector John F. Sopko said the biggest waste was the $8 billion spent on counternarcotics, which ?hasn?t really accomplished much of anything.? Another recent SIGAR report on US counternarcotics efforts confirms that, in spite of these massive US expenditures, Afghanistan remains the world?s largest opium producer.
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The Trump administration has yet to announce any strategy of its own, but has issued a presidential memorandum (?Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria?). However, the US strategy called for in the text of the memorandum seems to be one of ?we?ll fight ISIS until we leave, and please don?t bother asking us for details.?

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: 17 years in Afghanistan
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2018, 10:51:36 am »
So lets step back and look at the REAL DAMAGE

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccaruiz/2013/11/04/report-a-million-veterans-injured-in-iraq-afghanistan-wars/#6e9a0c4e6810
Report: A Million Veterans Injured In Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

The International Business Times reported Friday that the Department of Veterans Affairs had stopped releasing the number of non-fatal casualties of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, thus concealing what the paper called a "grim milestone" of 1 million injuries.

    All that can be said with any certainty is that as of last December more than 900,000 service men and women had been treated at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics since returning from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the monthly rate of new patients to these facilities as of the end of 2012 was around 10,000. Beyond that, the picture gets murky. In March, VA abruptly stopped releasing statistics on non-fatal war casualties to the public. However, experts say that there is no reason to suspect the monthly rate of new patients has changed...

    VA stopped preparing and releasing these reports on health care use and disability claims involving the 2.6 million U.S. service members who have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan without warning, claiming unspecified ?security? reasons.

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Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5