Last night I watched the Senate Committee Foreign Relations; U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Confirmation Hearing C-SPAN session, on TV. The program description is shown next:
Ryan Crocker testified about his nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. He talked about the transition from military to civilian authority in Afghanistan, the 2014 transition deadline and the cost of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. He also said that his goal in Afghanistan was “sustainable stability” and “good-enough governance.” In order to achieve this goal, he emphasized the importance of governance and rule of law, especially the combating of corruption, which he called “the second insurgency.” This session lasted 1 hour and 57 minutes.
We spent $19 Billion on nation building in Afghanistan. Think of what that money could have done for our own nation’s infrastructure. Or schools to educate students for the purpose of ending the terrible H-1B program stealing jobs from Americans. Or to help pay for catastrophic medical costs for Americans. I could type for hours about better uses of American money than nation building anywhere else outside of American territory.
After the end of the hearing, the, CodePink, people speak out and ask questions no one else asks in such hearings.
Immediately afterwards, I watched the C-SPAN State Department Briefing today where reporters asked about the $19 Billion nation building expenditures . Some of the Senators in the hearing expressed skepticism of the expenditures too.