New U.S. tactic: Employ poor Afghans
URGUN, Afghanistan --With escalating violence threatening Afghanistan's future, the U.S. military has a new focus: employ as many of the poor as possible to rebuild schools and medical clinics so they don't join the Taliban or al-Qaida.
The U.S. military operational commander in Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya, believes that the more Afghans being put to work helps take away some of the enemies' ability to recruit.
"I'd rather have an Afghan national working on a road or helping build a clinic than getting three to five bucks or whatever the Taliban or al-Qaida-associated movement pays him to plant an IED (improvised explosive device)," he told The Associated Press on Saturday.
"We are hiring as many Afghans as we can."
You know, I hate to keep bitching when somebody actually does something reasonable - but did they just realize this? Did it just occur to them NOW that if you give a young person a job and something to do, he's less likely to cause trouble?
I hate to point this out, but we liberals have been telling them that for about 40 years now.