COMMENTARY | Move over Social Security and Medicare, as of today the United States has another entitlement program. This new program will only cost American taxpayers an estimated $4 billion dollars a year for the next 10 years, although the government of our country and the government Afghanistan will have the option to renew the program for another 10 years after 2024.
While the vast majority of American taxpayers according to recent polls, want our government to bring our troops home from Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press on April 22, the governments of the United States and Afghanistan agreed to a 10-year security pact between the countries.
The agreement keeps a U.S. presence in Afghanistan to provide training, institution-building, economic development, social development and security assistance if needed. Under the agreement, the U.S. military would not be allowed to launch strikes from Afghanistan on other countries in the region. Even the defense of Afghanistan by U.S. forces would have to be approved by the Afghan government.
Although the American public and the rest of the world have been assured the U.S. government is not in the nation building business, no other conclusion can be made of this agreement. The governments of both countries, Afghanistan and the United States have entirely ignored the will of the people of both countries.
The people of Afghanistan do not want U.S. troops there, and the people of the United States want our troops brought home. The mission in Afghanistan as it was described back in 2001 was to bring to justice those responsible for the attacks on 9-11. That mission was accomplished with the killing of Osama Bin Laden by Seal Team 6 this past year. President Obama stood before us all announced and then took credit for that killing, or at least making the decision to launch the raid into Pakistan.
The last thing the taxpayers of the United States want or need is to take on another entitlement program for a poor and underdeveloped country, where the people neither want or need our involvement in their affairs. The entire GPD of Afghanistan, according to the 2012 CIA World Factbook, is $29.99 billion dollars. This would rank Afghanistan No. 110 in the world. Our $4 billion estimated pledge of assistance would be roughly equivalent to 13 percent of the GDP of a country where the per capita income is $1,000 per year. How can people entertain the thought, at the end of 10 years of receiving this money for nothing, the Afghans are going to agree to ending this agreement?
This entire agreement is ludicrous, poorly thought out, and should be considered counter-productive to the well-being economically of the American people. Washington and the Obama administration should withdraw from this agreement before it ever becomes reality, and save the American taxpayers an estimated $40 billion. The problem with the whole scenario is we are throwing good money — that we don’t have to begin with — after bad money we should have not spent in the first place.