In trying to weasel their way out of a failed, unpopular war, the Obama administration has realized it can’t continue nation-building in Afghanistan all on its own. So they’re asking for help.
Part of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan was to build up an independent Afghan army so carry on policing the country after most of the 130,000 foreign troops leave in 2014. That mission has failed miserably, but the Obama administration thinks that with money donations from other countries, some face can be saved.
The cost of maintaining Afghan’s security forces after the withdrawal will be about $4.1 billion annually, too much for an administration pretending to be serious about debt reduction. After all, America still will have to pick up most of the tab for all the JSOC teams conducting night raids and drone attacks into Pakistan which will continue long after the “withdrawal,” until about 2024.
More than 20 NATO member nations have complied with the Obama administration’s begging and plan to pitch in for the costs in coming years.
But more is still needed, which is partly why many non-NATO nations are getting invitations to the NATO summit in Chicago this month. About 60 countries and organizations are expected to be represented there, as NATO contemplates a way out of the graveyard of empires.