Kolhatkar: In the 14 years it has occupied Afghanistan, America’s longest war has achieved mostly bloodshed. Despite spending billions of dollars—the U.S. offered its largest share of foreign aid to Afghans last year—there is little to show for it. Nearly $10 billion was spent on arming and training Afghan forces. But as the dismal state of the Afghan National Army shows, that money may as well have been poured down the drain.
Nick Turse> 450 Bases and It’s Not Over Yet> The Pentagon’s Afghan Basing Plans for Prisons, Drones, and Black Ops
450 Bases and It’s Not Over Yet> The Pentagon’s Afghan Basing Plans for Prisons, Drones, and Black Ops By Nick Turse February 12, 2012 Tom Dispatch In late December, the lot was just a big blank: a few burgundy metal shipping containers sitting in an expanse of crushed eggshell-colored gravel inside a razor-wire-topped fence. The American More