According to a report by the Democratic staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the nation-building project in Afghanistan isn’t going well. The Washington Post summarizes:
The hugely expensive U.S. attempt at nation-building in Afghanistan has had only limited success and may not survive an American withdrawal, according to the findings of a two-year congressional investigation to be released Wednesday….
The report describes the use of aid money to stabilize areas the military has cleared of Taliban fighters – a key component of the administration’s counterinsurgency strategy – as a short-term fix that provides politically pleasing results. But it says that the enormous cash flows can overwhelm and distort local culture and economies, and that there is little evidence the positive results are sustainable.
It remains to be seen whether this will be an impetus for quicker withdrawal, especially following the death of bin Laden.