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  •  KBR is not doing reconstruction (2+ / 0-)
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    semiot, kurt

    they are getting contracts with the military to do work that the military used to do itself.

    I think your diary is misleading, assuming that any REAL help being given to the Afghan people is equal to the vast amount of money being spent on strictly military activities.

    As someone who is doing reconstruction there, I would hope you would edit this diary to be more honest.

    Don't misunderstand me, I am as angry as you with the WASTE of US tax money on military activities that are not helping us or the Afghans.

    But don't equate KBR with genuine aid and reconstruction efforts please.

    •  SIGAR's (0+ / 0-)

      authority included KBR.

      I'm not saying all reconstruction work being done is fraudulent or excessive, but billions of dollars are being wasted.

      "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

      by Steven D on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 08:24:45 AM PST

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      •  But you are lumping my org in with this (0+ / 0-)

        There is a lot of money wasted I will agree.
        But the PRTs and other military 'reconstruction' efforts are not aid, but political.

        I volunteer with an organization where no Americans are paid anything, we volunteer. We only hire and pay Afghans to teach, train, etc.

        What bothers me about this diary is that it makes it sound like all reconstruction efforts there are wasting US taxpayer money.

        We do not get funding from the US govt. We get grants from private foundations and individuals, and through earned income from our projects there.

        Without this distinction, you deter people from donating to any org, as they assume we are all as bad as the US military or USAID, which I agree is a mess!

        •  Well (0+ / 0-)

          I agree not everyone is corrupt or wasteful.  I admire your efforts.  However, since this diary didn't make the rec list I don't think you have anything to worry about, and even if it had I think you have greater concerns than one diary at Daily Kos.  However, I'll update to note your comment.

          "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

          by Steven D on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 01:32:06 PM PST

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