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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: