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We’re Not Very Good at Bombing Countries into Peace and Prosperity

After over a decade of military involvement in Afghanistan and billion spend on trying to build it up, the nation is arguably the worst place on Earth to live and things still are deteriorating. From Gallup:

More than six in 10 Afghans evaluate their lives poorly enough to be considered “suffering” — the highest figure ever recorded for any country since Gallup started tracking life evaluations in 2005. As in 2013, no Afghans rate their lives highly enough to be considered “thriving.

Six in 10 Afghans

The fact that things are really bad in Afghanistan isn’t exactly news, but it is something that isn’t discussed enough in debates about future foreign policy decisions.

If we look back at are last three big military involvements in foreign countries to change their political leadership (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya) these countries are now in truly terrible shape. The United States is incredibly bad at using force to try to bring peace and prosperity.


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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at