Let's try some stats on Afghanistan.
- 32.3 million people
- Per capita annual income of $2,025 (U.S. dollars)
- 250,000 sq. miles of area
The United States spent two trillion dollars in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2019. Troop strength estimates rose and fell. At one point there more than 100,000 troops and an undocumented number of
contractors mercenaries. Over 4,500 of those troops died. Tens of thousands more have life changing injuries.
For all that, the U.S. failed to secure a victory, failed to pacify the populace, failed to even establish what victory was supposed to look like.
The United States was successfully vanquished by a collection of tribal people with no organized army.
All the gee whiz armaments, the fighter jets and drones, lasers, and night vision goggles? Toys unless you have the will to win.
We spent $60,000 for every man, woman, and child in Afghanistan and then surrendered the country to darkness.
There's a lesson there for those who see and I suspect that China sees it very clearly.