Re: So much money wasted @ Crazy Operations Guy
Before you perpetuate the lies, you should really try talking in person with some of your own miltary about how much they TRIED to help villagers. They DID provide what you mentioned to them in many cases and they got shot or blown up in return. The military paid top dollar for their opium too just to take it off the street.
Unfortunately, vaccinating children against polio, measles and whooping cough is against the "teachings" of the Imams. Building real schools and educating ALL children (even females) is against their teachings as well. You can't help those who don't want it. The rules of engagement did not allow the military to shoot unless they were being shot at and even when they were sometimes.
BTW, the USA is not the only country with a dysfunctional "Security" department. We don't have nearly as many cameras here as in London, we haven't COMPLETELY voided our civil rights like Brittain has.