Wednesday, November 14, 2007

On Nation-Building...

Max Boot makes a strange comment in an op-ed in the NYT today:

No wonder our capacities in nation-building and strategic communications have withered — their practitioners are second-class citizens behind traditional foreign service officers.
Have we ever had ANY capacity (let alone business) in nation-building??? But wait! There's more:

If we expand [USAID's] ranks, it could become our lead nation-building agency, sort of a global FEMA, marshaling the kind of resources that have been lacking in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Exporting FEMA? Doesn't the world hate us enough already?

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