Saturday, March 20, 2010

Déjà vu all over again

$6 billion to create an effective Afghan police force, but the program has been a disaster. Many are undisciplined, can't shoot straight, sell their ammunition to the Taliban and aren't trusted by the people they are supposed to protect . . .

From ProPublica: Six Billion Dollars Later . . .

Pratap Chatterjee
, an expert on the of the Pentagon’s corps of private contractors (whose classic book on the major private military contractor of our era, Halliburton's Army,has just been published in paperback), considers the full history of our woeful Afghan police-training program. Eight years of bizarre efforts that add up to vanishingly little.

From TomDispatch.com: Failing Afganistan's Cops
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