Afghanistan Update

I took most of last week off to attend a wedding in Florida (which was fabulous – both wedding and Florida).  The wedding was for a fellow development consultant, and lots of our mutual friends who’d worked in Afghanistan were there, including several who’d either recently left or were still working there.  They all said the same thing – the security situation has dramatically deteriorated since my time there in ’04-’06.  And now that everyone knows when the Americans are pulling out, the bad guys are waiting with their knives out and the Afghans who worked with us are either trying to get out of the country or are growing long beards so they’re not killed when the Taliban retake the country.  Yes, I said “when,” not “if.”  I hope I’m wrong, but it seems inevitable and that really depresses me.

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About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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