There is no shortage of benchmarks to count the cost of the United States’ longest war. Blood is by far the most precious metric. Treasure feels insignificant by comparison.
But as images of Afghans swarming Kabul airport, desperately trying to flee Taliban rule, flood screens around the world, the vast sums the US spent trying to build Afghanistan into a liberal democracy deserve a thorough audit. Otherwise, lessons may be forgotten and tragic mistakes repeated.
The bedrock of any nation-building effort is security. If people don’t feel safe, instability, graft, and corruption flourish while the formal economy withers.
Read more: Aljazeera
Edited by Jesus Chan
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