'After fighting the longest war in its history, the #USA stands at the brink of defeat in #Afghanistan. How could this be possible? How could the world’s sole superpower have battled continuously for more than 16 years – deploying more than 100,000 troops at the conflict’s peak, sacrificing the lives of nearly 2,300 soldiers, spending more than $1tn (Β£740bn) on its military operations, lavishing a record $100bn more on β€œnation-building”, helping fund and train an army of 350,000 Afghan allies – and still not be able to pacify one of the world’s most impoverished nations? So dismal is the prospect of stability in Afghanistan that, in 2016, the Obama White House cancelled a planned withdrawal of its forces, ordering more than 8,000 troops to remain in the country indefinitely...'

theguardian.com/news/2018/jan/

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@jd US (weapon industry) needs war.... US has become smarter though. Vietnam comes to mind. There 60 000 soldiers died. The public (and media) is weaker today.

The cost for the opposite side doesn't matter. Also the winner is not as important. As long as they give the shine of giving a shit is enough.

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