The gravy train is coming to a halt

Kohistan District, Afghanistan --  Me, at Governor Abu Bakr’s compound in Kapisa Province. Today, we traveled outside the wire to attend a Provincial Development Council meeting.

Kohistan District, Afghanistan —
Me, at Governor Abu Bakr’s compound in Kapisa Province. Today, we traveled outside the wire to attend a Provincial Development Council meeting.

Now that people’s attention has been drawn away from Iraq, it seems like everyone is focused on the ‘stan. (Myself included, for obvious reasons.)

People not only want to know how long we’ll be here, but they also want to know what we’re spending the American Taxpayer’s money on. Some suspect that the development projects over the past few years have not yielded enough results in comparison to the money spent.

So, recently, our team has decided not to spend big money on large, multi-year construction projects, and focus instead of small-ticket, quick-impact projects that have a higher chance of coming to fruition during our time in the ‘stan. This way, we’ll actually see some results (instead of passing off work to the team that replaces us,) and we’ll limit the bureaucracy that comes with big-ticket projects.

We visited the Governor of Kapisa to tell him this today.

I can’t speak Dari, so I don’t know what he said, but judging by the tone, speed and volume of his voice, he had a LOT to say about it!

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