Sunday, March 21, 2010

Afghan Police Training Program: $6 Billion and Eight Years Wasted

If we have had one single area in Afghanistan where we can say we have utterly failed it would be in the Afghan police training program.  According to recent news reports we have wasted over 6 billion dollars in the Afghan police training effort.  The only thing produced is an ineffective and corrupt police force that is deeply resented by the Afghan population.  While there may be some isolated pockets of success (such as the Afghan National Civil Order Police), for the most part it has been failure.  Read more in "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight", Newsweek, March 19, 2009.

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