Moral Outrage
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So what happened to winning Afghan hearts and minds?

The U.S. has made little effort to win the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan.

Why? Compare the expenditures  for military and security in Afghanistan with civilian aid expenditures such as reconstruction:

Money spent on Military/Security: $365.0 billion

Money spent on Afghan civilians:       8.5 billion

Much of this $8.5 billion has, relative to the goal of winning the hearts of Afghanistan’s citizens at large,  been wasted on dilapidated schools and minor “trophy” projects in the capitol Kabul.

In any case, such a relatively small investment of $8.5 billion spells “failure.”

U.S. diplomats and USAID officials have failed to touch or improve the lives of ordinary Afghans and as a result it has resulted in an increasing number of disillusioned Afghans who view Taliban rule as a potential improvement.

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