How the U.S. bungled farm building in Afghanistan
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'It was a big failure': How the U.S. bungled growing the Afghan economy
After spending $145 billion in two decades, the U.S. has withdrawn from Afghanistan and brought an end to its economic nation building efforts, which "largely failed," writes The Wall Street Journal.

Although Afghanistan's economy did grow as a result of overseas efforts, the system the U.S. helped build "relies overwhelmingly on foreign aid, most of which evaporated overnight," per the Journal. And while that foreign aid built roads, schools, and health facilities, critics say it neglected a "self-sustaining private sector."

Nowhere was the "failure to strengthen the Afghan state" more stark…
Brigid Kennedy
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