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The Afghanistan debacle

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    I hope he will be the X-Mas turkey; His trip to Afghanistan has cost the tax payers again dearly. The has spent already over an billion on himself, but no one blinks. I think he was becoming "impossible" at the W.H. so they sent him away to have some rest of this lunatic.
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    I saw a clip of Trump addressing the troops in Afghanistan. He was bragging about the stock market hitting new highs again and again under his guidance, and what that was doing to all their 401ks. Really? The troops make so much money that they invest their savings in 401ks? Sheesh.

    It was just another Trump rally kind of speech with a little "Thanksgiving" thrown in to justify the trip.

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    He has already another trip planned; he will be going to the NATO conference in London this week. Very convenient so he can escape the "impeachment" hearings. The only thing I hope is that the NATO members treat him as the asshole of the world. Also NATO is not too happy with, that he wants to "bill"(over and above what they already pay) NATO for US support to keep them "safe". I hope they kick his ass and become independent of the US, and built their own weapon systems, instead of buying the overpriced US junk.
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    The Washington Post had a LENGTHY article about Afghanistan today.

    The short version is that we were lied to, over and over again. On top of that, there were too many entities with too many missions, so that are overall strategy was confused. As usual, "throwing money at the problem did not solve anything.

    We started out for the right reasons, but things went downhill from there.

    Since 2001, more than 775,000 U.S. troops have deployed to Afghanistan, many repeatedly. Of those, 2,300 died there and 20,589 were wounded in action, according to Defense Department figures.

    Since 2001, the Defense Department, State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development have spent or appropriated between $934 billion and $978 billion, according to an inflation-adjusted estimate calculated by Neta Crawford, a political science professor and co-director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University.

    Those figures do not include money spent by other agencies such as the CIA and the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is responsible for medical care for wounded veterans.

    Even with the Freedom of Information Act, it still took the Washington Post three years to get the information that was described in the article below:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/