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ASIA & OCEANIA / Fear and loathing on the Afghan Silk Road
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 25/06/2017
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Fear and loathing on the Afghan Silk Road

Pepe Escobar Пепе Эскобар

 

The state of play in Afghanistan in 2017 is even more depressing. Dysfunctional does not even begin to describe the administration that emerged out of the fractious 2014 presidential election and which passes for a government.

Since 2002 Washington has spent a mind-boggling US$780 billion on its (unfinished) Operation Enduring Freedom. It has absolutely nothing to show for it – apart from over 100,000 dead Afghans.

President Obama’s much-touted 2009 nation-building-cum-counterinsurgency surge was, predictably, a disaster. Aside from reframing the global war on terror (GWOT) as Overseas Contingent Operations (OCO) it achieved nothing. There was no “clear, hold, and build”; the Taliban are back virtually everywhere.  

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Washington has spent around US$110 billion in Afghan “reconstruction.” Adjusted for inflation that’s roughly equivalent to the full cost of the Marshall Plan. Yet no gleaming Afghan Frankfurt sprang up around the Ghazni minaret; over US$70 billion went to the Afghan military and police; and waste and corruption were always pervasive. Afghanistan’s GDP last year was still a paltry US$17 billion, or US$525 per capita.

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Courtesy of Asia Times
Source: http://www.atimes.com/article/fear-loathing-afghan-silk-road/
Publication date of original article: 21/06/2017
URL of this page : http://www.tlaxcala-int.org/article.asp?reference=20826

 

Tags: Afghanistan New Silk RoadsBelt & Road InitiativeCentral AsiaChina TalibanISIS/DaeshOBORUSA
 

 
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