If you were to read two new government reports on American aid to
Oh, the department complained, it's all so complicated.
The Afghan war now costs the U.S. about
Could he possibly be any more naive?
Let's stipulate some facts about the nation we are trying to help.
At the same time,
So, given these facts, how exactly does Mr. Shah intend to bring about "thriving civil societies and vibrant private sectors," in a nation where we have been at work for 10 years and have not achieved even a scintilla of progress toward those goals? One of the reports, by the
In fact, the two government reports make the inarguable point that Western aid is so distorting the Afghan economy -- 97 percent of the state's GDP comes from foreign-government spending -- that the economy will likely collapse as soon as we pull out.
So here's the American plan. It's called the "Afghan First" policy. Among other precepts, it calls for donor nations to give more and more of their aid money directly to the Afghan government. Perhaps the government will then deposit it in the successor to
So how will
Are you angry yet?
Well, USAID wanted to open a similar office, so it sent a single test case to the
All of this is so disheartening.
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