I don't agree with everything in this article but the author does make
a few great points:
|From Matador Network|
and a couple of others one that are worthy of deeper thought and discussion:
On using USAID as a foreign policy tool (I can see both sides):
"In 1990, on the eve of the first Gulf War, Yemeni Ambassador Abdullah Saleh al-Ashtal voted no to using force against Iraq in a security council session. US Ambassador Thomas Pickering walked to the Yemeni Ambassador’s seat and retorted, “That was the most expensive No vote you ever cast.” Immediately afterwards, USAID ceased operations and funding in Yemen."
On becoming a machine gun preacher (I waffle on this one):
"No matter how much you care to help the women/children/villages/gorillas in a particular warzone, trying to solve what is in effect a problem of armed insecurity through establishing another minor armed militia is never a good idea."