Yglesias

NATO Creating Unsustainable War Economy In Afghanistan

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This doesn’t sound promising to me:

Misspent foreign aid can result in corruption, alter markets and undercut the ability of the Kabul government to control its resources, said the report, which was posted Tuesday night on the Senate committee’s website. The World Bank found that a whopping 97 percent of the gross domestic product in Afghanistan is linked to spending by the international military and donor community.

What we need to be doing in Afghanistan is taking steps to make it viable for us to leave without anything terrible to happen. But operationally, our efforts seem to be focused on entrenching the foreign presence in the country.