(CNSNews.com) -- There is not a single, public Christian church left in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department.
This reflects the state of religious freedom in that country ten years after the United States first invaded it and overthrew its Islamist Taliban regime.
In the intervening decade, U.S. taxpayers have spent $440 billion to support Afghanistan's new government and more than 1,700 U.S. military personnel have died serving in that country.
The last public Christian church in Afghanistan was razed in March 2010, according to the State Department's latest International Religious Freedom Report. The report, which was released last month and covers the period of July 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, also states that “there were no Christian schools in the country.”
Half a trillion dollars with nothing to show for it. Sound familiar? Only instead of 1100 unemployed we have 1700 dead.
But things are better in Iraq, right?
Baghdad is threatening to break its military relations with Washington at the end of this year and use private contractors to train its armed forces, as the two sides struggle to agree on terms that would see a small number of American troops remain in Iraq next year.
Now many fear that the power vacuum left after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak is giving Muslim extremists free rein to torch churches and attack Coptic homes in the worst violence against the community in decades.
An assault Sunday night on Christians protesting over a church attack set off riots that drew in Muslims, Christians and the police. Among the 26 people left killed in the melee, most were Copts. For Coptic scholar Wassem el-Sissi, it was evidence that the Christian community in Egypt is vulnerable as never before.
Libya's a mess naturally.
Libya 'cannot exclude' extremist exploitation, Nato chief says
The warning came in an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph as Muammar Gaddafi's loyalist forces stepped up a fightback on three fronts.
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO says the continuing resistance by pro-Gadhafi forces in Sirte and other locations in Libya is "surprising" because they are fighting a losing battle.
Will they still be surprised in 10 years like they are in Afghanistan?
So we invest Trillions of dollars expend thousands of lives and it is impossible to say we have accomplished anything of value. And we are broke.
This is not an argument about crushing the Taliban, we should have. This is not an argument about whether we should have whacked Saddam, we should have.
The problem is, after achieving these significant and righteous goals why we didn't pack up and leave with our wallet intact.
We got mugged after we won.
At least the Marshall Plan worked right?
I mean Germany, Austria, the rest of Europe, they are all doing well right? And France... Ah France, they are so grateful just makes you heart warm doesn't it?
Let's not forget Japan. What a colossus of capitalism and liberty huh?
I am glad we are not like liberals. Basing our decisions on warm and fuzzy feelings instead of looking at the effects of our actions and re-evaluating accordingly.
Oh well. Maybe we can find a new nation to build into a liberal socialist democracy.
I was going to be snarky and say the United States but too late.