One begins to imagine a final evacuation like that from Saigon, via helicopter atop the U.S. embassy. Afghanistan is not yet there, but Washington's expensive dream of remaking Central Asia almost certainly is dead.
The US has spent some $110 billion on Afghanistan's reconstruction. More than half ($60 billion) has gone to build the Afghan security forces, including the Afghan National Army and the various police forces.
One (of thousands) example of how we lost the war for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people was our shoddy management of the things we built. We're repeating those same mistakes in Afghanistan, this time with potentially fatal results.
As we pointed out last year, the appointment of John F. Sopkoto head the watchdog agency seems to have infused SIGAR with renewed vigor, as evidenced by an increase in inspections and audits. But SIGAR wants to do more.