America’s Money Lost the Afghan War

Source: Foreign Policy
by Casey Michel & Paul Massaro

“Last month, while the United States’ pullout from Afghanistan unfurled, the office of the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a thorough 140-page report on lessons from Washington’s two-decade presence in the country. Amid details of political decisions and missed opportunities, the report offered a run-through of the one element the United States consistently overlooked during its occupation: corruption. Specifically, the SIGAR report details the American choices that, time and again, ‘increased corruption’ — corruption that rotted the U.S.-backed regime and that allowed the Taliban to topple the government far more quickly than many assumed.” (09/13/21)