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  •  Soon 60 Billion spent by US alone in training (6+ / 0-)

    the Afghans.

    How many more years and how many more billions?

    training and advising that is still needed by the Afghan Security Forces?

    For our fallen solders who come home from Afghanistan in a coffin to Dover, "God bless the cause for which they died."

    by allenjo on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 07:43:05 AM PST

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    •  Well, in all fairness, (3+ / 0-)
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      I'm sure rather little of that $60 billion went into training anyone, except maybe training Afghan warlords in the finer points of taking American bribes.  For which they needed remarkably little training, I'm sure.

      Oh, and feeding American military contractor corporations.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 08:41:19 AM PST

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      •  well, you are probably right, but the money keeps (2+ / 0-)
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        flowing out for the "purpose" of training them.....

        Through the end of FY2013, the United States has provided nearly $93 billion in assistance to Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban, of which more than $56 billion has been to equip and train Afghan forces.

        The aid request for FY2014 is over $10 billion, including $7.7 billion to train and equip the ANSF.

        Administration officials have said that economic aid requests for Afghanistan are likely to continue at current levels through at least FY2017.
        See CRS Report RS21922, Afghanistan: Politics, Elections, and Government Performance, by Kenneth Katzman.

        For our fallen solders who come home from Afghanistan in a coffin to Dover, "God bless the cause for which they died."

        by allenjo on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:04:15 AM PST

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        •  given the quality of the results, (1+ / 0-)
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          you could've put irony quotes around the word "training" too . . .

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:13:11 AM PST

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          •  "effort to train them is fundamentally broken." (2+ / 0-)
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            this from July 2012......

            the Pentagon is still struggling to adequately train them and has lowered the standards used to assess their progress, security experts told Congress Tuesday.

            At a panel of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Tuesday, Anthony H. Cordesman, a defense analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies research institution, described the effort to train the ANSF to take over for the U.S. and its allies at the end of 2014 as fundamentally broken.

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            It’s not a totally new development: Many observers have challenged the Pentagon’s plan to build up an independent ANSF as fumbling and riddled with insurmountable challenges.
            The current plan calls for the force to be about 350,000 men, but policymakers expect that will have to be drastically diminished once Western funding is reduced.
            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

            For our fallen solders who come home from Afghanistan in a coffin to Dover, "God bless the cause for which they died."

            by allenjo on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:33:06 AM PST

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