I am a private-sector civilian working alongside the U.S. military here on the front lines in Afghanistan. I am part of the «civilian surge,» investing 16-hour days to win the hearts and minds of Afghans by mentoring the Afghan National Army, Police and Border Patrol.
I am here because freedom is every Afghan’s natural right. But I confess that as I get ready to leave, I’m fed up. I’ve come to believe that we want their freedom more than they do.
Afghan courage still hasn’t replaced Afghan corruption. Afghan self-determination hasn’t replaced Afghan dependency on the American Treasury. Ancient Afghan tribal customs still haven’t modernized Afghan treatment of women (though I’m told I can’t judge that because I have a Western bias).… Seguir leyendo »