Thursday, January 24, 2013

How Billions Were Lost In Afghanistan

Afghan soldiers patrol during a security operation in Farah province, Afghanistan, Jan. 19, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Chadwick de Bree

Money Pit: The Monstrous Failure Of US Aid To Afghanistan -- Joel Brinkley, World Affairs

More than half of Afghanistan’s population is under twenty-five, which shouldn’t be surprising since the average life span there is forty-nine. But the United States Agency for International Development looked at this group and decided it needed help because, it said, these young people are “disenfranchised, unskilled, uneducated, neglected—and most susceptible to joining the insurgency.” So the agency chartered a three-year, $50 million program intended to train members of this generation to become productive members of Afghan society. Two years into it, the agency’s inspector general had a look at the work thus far and found “little evidence that the project has made progress toward” its goals.

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My Comment: The road to hell is always paved with good intentions .... in Afghanistan it has been expensive in both treasure and in blood.

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