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Military reconstruction teams in Afghanistan closing up shop
Stars & Stripes ^ | October 11, 2012 | Stars & Stripes

Posted on 10/11/2012 3:05:22 PM PDT by Timber Rattler

The U.S. military is ending a massive nation-building experiment in Afghanistan, shutting down teams that have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into roads, schools and administrative buildings in the country’s hinterlands, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

As part of an effort to improve the reach and reputation of Afghanistan’s central government, the U.S. and its allies set up over two dozen Provincial Reconstruction Teams around the country to dispense development aid and advise local officials. At least five of these have closed in recent months, and most of the remainder will shut down over the next year, the paper reported.

According to the report, the U.S. agreed to end the program in a partnership agreement reached in May with the Afghan government, which sees the program as undercutting local institutions.

Many U.S. and Western officials say they are doubtful that provincial administrations are ready to fill the void.

“No one has a clue how much is being spent in province A or B” by provincial governments, a senior Western official is quoted as saying. “It’s a serious national-security threat to the country.”

(Excerpt) Read more at stripes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; army; boondoggle; debt; isaf; nato; spending
Millions of taxpayers dollars wasted on this nationbuilding boondoggle.
1 posted on 10/11/2012 3:05:32 PM PDT by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

We sent agricultural teams (one of our state National Guard units was among the teams- they actually went to school on taxpayer dollars to learn agriculture practice).

The locals would follow along. The money and tractors that were essentially given disappeared in the local tribal leadership. And as soon as the Americans with the money were gone - they went right back to their old ways of farming... and not being able to feed their families. So lets grow poppies!!!!

Nation Building does not work. You cannot transplant 3rd-world tribal people into even a 20th Century world and expect the transplant to work.

But the American Taxpayers have given them $Billions.


2 posted on 10/11/2012 3:10:35 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Timber Rattler

Here is the excellent speech given by CBS 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan on what is really happening in Afghanistan at http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/10/10/cbs_lara_logan_slams_obama_admin_for_pushing_major_lie_that_taliban_is_weakened.html


3 posted on 10/11/2012 3:17:23 PM PDT by patriotsblood
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To: TheBattman

There’s too much money in the drug trade, unless we want to spend our time garrisoning troops to make sure the tribal leaders and Taliban don’t force poppy cultivation, it’s all a waste.

I personally think our Armed Forces have better things to do than babysit Afghan farmers.


4 posted on 10/11/2012 3:20:54 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: Timber Rattler
Blow the roads and bridges. Destroy the equipment given the Afghans. Scorched earth as we pull out. Let them rot in this 7th century hellhole.
5 posted on 10/11/2012 4:30:20 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Timber Rattler
The official strategy (for years) in Muslim countries was literally "Win their hearts and minds."

You don't win the hearts and minds of radical Muslims and the sheep that follow the lies of the "Holy Koran" without holding them by their noses first.

We have pi$$ed away billions on building them schools, sewers, public pools, streets, roads.............you name it.

And just like hell holes in Detroit, as soon as we turn over these pristine facilities to the Afghanis, they are broken and turn into crap 3 months later.

6 posted on 10/11/2012 4:48:49 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Timber Rattler

11 years......11 years.........Why are we paying our admirals and generals?


7 posted on 10/11/2012 6:00:03 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Shadow44

That was my point- we spent a fortune for nothing...


8 posted on 10/11/2012 8:30:49 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: TheBattman

I know, I was agreeing with you FRiend.


9 posted on 10/11/2012 9:09:37 PM PDT by Shadow44
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