America already did Big Time, Twice, will we do the same again?! Walked away from the many promises to help rebuild, after supplying arms to the Afghans, with bin Laden one of the middlemen used in those arms shipments, in their long war with the Soviets! And extremely quickly abandoned the Missions and those sent to Accomplish after 9/11! Our record on, free wars as neither of these recent ones have yet to be paid for, which create growing hostilities from the policies put in place, is the historical record, including the long aftermaths, no matter how anyone tries to whitewash or revision the propaganda on for future generations!!
London conference shines spotlight on troubled nation after 13-year foreign military mission that cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars
3 December 2014 - The Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, will meet foreign leaders in London on Thursday with little to show for two months in power but with a pressing need to persuade international donors to stay involved as concerns intensify that fragile gains won over 13 years may be lost as most foreign troops withdraw.
Ghani, who formed a power-sharing government in September after a disputed election, has not yet named his cabinet. Meanwhile, Taliban insurgents have increased attacks as if to underline just how pivotal these next months are.
The withdrawal of most Nato troops has triggered soul-searching about the achievements of a 13-year military mission that cost billions of dollars and thousands of lives, including those of 2,210 American and 453 British soldiers.
Ahead of the conference, the Taliban has struck again and again, killing Afghans and foreigners. Last Thursday, a suicide bomber attacked a British diplomatic convoy near Kabul, killing six people including a British embassy security guard. The week before, about 50 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked spectators at a volleyball match near the border with Pakistan.
“We are hitting the kinds of peak levels of violence that we haven’t seen since the troop surge of 2011 … What is terrifying is that it means the war will very much continue in our absence,” said Graeme Smith, senior analyst at International Crisis Group. read more>>>
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014
Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds