We have no end game for Iraq. We never had one. Fact is, no one was interested. Everyone was looking to get their share of the skim and nothing more. Lets face facts. Our government is no longer about governing. It's about collecting and spending trillions of dollars. And for every 10 spent, 4 get siphoned off. Over time, it got harder to collect the payoff on federal programs, so we switched to grants. Again, given time, this too became hard to skim and had too many people skimming the pot. So we started giving the grants to foreign governments. They had no idea how to handle the pallets of cash and lots and lots of it evaporated. So now that the money tap has been turned off, no one is interested in Iraq anymore. While we were hard at work skimming, the EU, China and India moved in and became the legitimate investors in the region. Actually a pretty good deal. We still foot the bill for keeping a lid on the region and they bank the returns. As usual, American greed won out over sound business.
It's the same thing that happened to the US economy. And it's the same thing that will happen to Gannystan. Do you really think that it takes 1.2 million dollars to kill one Afghan a-hole? That's right 1.2 million per. Don't like $4 a gallon gas? Just look at what the government pays for it, $400 dollars a gallon delivered to a Gannystan base. Bottle of water, $32 per/ltr. Seriously, it's only about a 1000 miles from the Gulf State refineries to central Afghanistan. Considering a wholesale price of $1.25, you can fly it in for about $8 a gallon bulk, $10 a gallon in drums.
With profit margins like this, you can bet that there will be a lot of pressure to find a new cash cow of a war soon after we leave Afghanistan. The quick money is in fighting the war, not in the winning of the war.