Afghanistan and the Collapse of American Governance

Published on

Monday, August 28, 2017

by Boston Globe

Afghanistan and the Collapse of American Governance

byJeffrey D. Sachs

For years Donald Trump called for an end to America’s war in Afghanistan. Yet as president he has quickly decided to expand the war. Since Trump’s presidency fails daily on so many levels, it’s easy to overlook an important lesson of Trump’s awful Afghanistan decision.

The Afghanistan war is both tragic and absurd. Starting in 1979, the CIA funded Islamic jihadists (including Afghan fighters called the Mujahideen, and indirectly, Arab fighters that became Al Qaeda) to fight the Soviet-backed Afghanistan government. Since then,with an interlude in the 1990s, the United States has been at war in Afghanistan….


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