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In today's Washington Post there's an article World Bank Lists Failing Nations That Can Breed Global Terrorism showing just successful this little Global War on Terror has been so far.
How successful you may ask? Thanks in part to our foreign policy (or lack there of) in only the past 3 years the World Bank's list of "fragile" countries increased all the way to 26 from 17. According to the World Bank, fragile countries are where "deepening poverty puts them at risk from terrorism, armed conflict and epidemic disease."
Read more after the break.
Among the countries where "Past international engagement with these countries has failed to yield significant improvements" according to the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group are Sudan, Somalia and of course that forgotten land, Afghanistan. The administration's "Let's Ignore Africa" policy has helped to contribute to eight of the 14 new countries on the list being from the continent.
The article goes on to add that, "The administration's updated counterterrorism strategy, published earlier this month, set economic development in `failing states or states emerging from conflict" as a key objective.'" Well I guess better late than never.