posted on October 29, 2010 18:17
There’s more bad news from Afghanistan. The “backbone of President Obama’s plan to start withdrawing troops” has hit a wall. Literally. Right now, over in Afghanistan we’re spending millions to build police stations so the Afghan Army and National Police can take over from our Marines next July.
But, the newspaper reports, the Police Stations in Kandahar (and other provinces) have been built so shoddily they’re falling apart and can’t be used without risking the life and limb of the policemen inside.
In Afghanistan we’ve spent nine years fighting to defeat the terrorist and they’re stronger than ever; we’ve spent billions building schools, roads and dams to win ‘the hearts and minds’ of the people and that hasn’t worked; and, now we’ve decided the way to win the war – or, at least, to get out of it – is to build police stations.
In one province we paid one Afghanastani construction company $5 million to build a local police station and when it was finished the inspectors found “electrical wires strung through windows, cracks in walls, gas lines hanging in the open, tilted windows and shoddy roofing.” It sounded like if a strong wind came along the whole thing would topple over.
Somebody ought to take a picture of the darn thing and hang it in the Smithsonian with a sign that says, This is how not to fight a war.