But what did we buy with all that money? A failed state in which the most powerful political and social force is the one we went in to eradicate. “Afghan President Karzai Thanks US for ‘Your Taxpayers’ Money,'” by Mary Bruce for ABC OTUS News, May 20 (thanks to Ima):
CHICAGO – Afghan President Hamid Karzai thanked the United States today for shouldering much of the cost for the decade-old war in Afghanistan, as the NATO alliance readies to hand over primary responsibility to Afghan security forces.
“I’m bringing to you and to the people of the United States the gratitude of the Afghan people for the support that your taxpayers’ money has provided us over the past decade, and for the difference that it has made to the well-being of the Afghan people,” Karzai said after his meeting with President Obama ahead of the start of the NATO Summit….
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said earlier today that the allied countries remain committed to Afghanistan.
“There will be no rush for the exits,” he said.