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    Got that one right

    Slapout sums it up neatly.

    Whether it's Colombia, Sinaloa, Afghanistan, Iraq, or Lebanon. The motive is acquisition of power, and that power rests on finances/economics, discriminate use of...
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    Bill, Apologies for coming late to the...

    Bill, Apologies for coming late to the discussion. I'm retired AID after Colombia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and others. A jarhead, I don't know how AID let me in.



    Re CERP and less violence -- why...
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    GDP vs opium

    Alcon - I've been uncharacteristically quiet the last few weeks. Work got in the way. I hate it when that happens.

    Vertnyc,
    I'm a retired AID officer, enjoying the Iraqi sun for past 3 years,...
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    Rand Studies re Civilian COIN

    Steve.

    Who writes that stuff? The authors I recognized spent their tours in Baghdad in the friendly confines of the Republican Palace.

    see also Imperial Life in the Emerald City, but don't buy...
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    Clear and Hold, and Build Several Times

    Steve,

    Apologies for seeming prickly. I agree that it's the contract culture. But like honest politicians, good contractors stay bought and get their job done with a minimum of whining.
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    Although warned, Ken, I plunge in anyway. ...

    Although warned, Ken, I plunge in anyway.

    USAID isn't the agency it was some time ago when it was just AID. Contracts officers run the place now, auditors have stifled innovation with fear, and...
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    Those contractors again

    Steve,

    I agree that direct hire govt employees might be more efficient than those awful contractors, of whom I'm one. But the Feds aren't allowed outside the wire without massive security. ...
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    Civilian Shoe Dropping

    Steve and Hugh,
    After watching the USG operate in post-conflict situations, I offer that civilian federal government agencies will never be useful sources of the SMEs required to carry out the...
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