We have read and seen in various forms how money and other "gifts" can really bring the Afghan people to our side in the fight against enemy insurgents. Some discretionary cashola can go a long way to build good will. In Restrepo they showed how the locals can to the soldiers to have their cow replaced that was killed by ally forces. Unfortunately they had no means to repay the farmer and the whole incident fell by the wayside.
Obviously we can just send over a boat load of money and buy some friends, but perhaps this would be better than sending our tax dollars to government thugs who have a hand to pocket dispersal system, which lacks any thoughtful discretion. I digress with the great commentary from Power Point Ranger.
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