Skip to comments.Military reconstruction teams in Afghanistan closing up shop
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 countrys hinterlands, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
As part of an effort to improve the reach and reputation of Afghanistans 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. Its a serious national-security threat to the country.
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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.
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
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.
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.
11 years......11 years.........Why are we paying our admirals and generals?
That was my point- we spent a fortune for nothing...
I know, I was agreeing with you FRiend.