At a House hearing today on reconstruction spending in Afghanistsan, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) pressed witnesses from the Department of Defense on what kind of metrics they use to gauge success in their counternarcotic efforts in that country.
“The war on drugs in Afghanistan,” Massie concluded, “to the extent there is a war on drugs, has been a failure.”
The United States has spent $113 billion in Afghanistan since 2002, on reconstruction efforts alone—that money has been spent on the Afghan National Security Forces (for whom U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan to support fifteen years later), promoting good governance and “engaging in counternarcotics,” according to Gen. John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.
According to Sopko’s testimony, 8.4 billion of those dollars were spent on counternarcotics efforts specifically.
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