June 23, 2011

WRETCHED CULTURE

My problem with Civil Affairs and, if I may speak for him, my husband's reason for leaving the branch:

So the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity is building schoolhouses in Afghanistan. Big deal. The problem, in Kandahar as in Kansas, is not the buildings but what’s being taught inside them — and we’ve no stomach for getting into that. So what’s the point of building better infrastructure for Afghanistan’s wretched tribal culture? What’s our interest in state-of-the-art backwardness?

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1 Couldn't agree more... and then we'll complain about the problems stemming from cultural issues a while from now, (affecting us both directly and indirectly), and be all surprised that yet another project that "seemed like a good idea at the time" (to someone) came back to bite us... ::eyeroll::  

Quite a fun article to read... I loved this quote: "War is hell, but global 'mentoring' is purgatory."  

Posted by: Krista at July 08, 2011 03:06 PM (BqTRT)

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