US shot down advice on Afghanistan and didn’t learn from Iraq

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US shot down advice on Afghanistan and didn’t learn from Iraq

Since 2010 US Congress creation Sigar has been voicing concerns about the country’s role there. Now it’s too late

Ruth Pollard

Global leaders have spent these last critical weeks asking themselves: “What went wrong in Afghanistan?” They’d be better off asking: “What did we do wrong in Afghanistan?”

To get a sense of how badly the foreign intervention went off course, you could do worse than to scroll through the Twitter feed of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, known as Sigar. This group, created by the US Congress, oversaw the nearly $145bn (about R2-trillion) the US has spent on reconstruction programmes in the country. 

In the hours leading up to Tuesday’s deadline for the US troop withdrawal, Sigar dropped some truth bombs. Like this: “U.S. prioritised tangible projects on which money could be spent and success claimed more quickly, over less tangible types of programming with potential to be more enduring, such as capacity building. This trend would last more than a decade.”..

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