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Thank you, Mr. Shank, for having the courage or lack of fear that it must have required to get "the story." Wow!!! I still don't understand how killing aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, grandfathers grandmothers will make a people love us. Maybe it's our cute little drones.

James L. Pinette

Caribou, ME

Dec 6 2009 - 7:40pm

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Yes this is a typical example of disaster capitalism that has been around since the first miserable experiment in the 70s in Chile of free market ideology of Milton Friedmen and the Chicago School.

From Indonesia, to South America, to Central America, to Eastern Europe, to Russia, to Afghanistan, to Iraq. The story is always the same. Through Shock and Awe install the holy trinity of free market ideology, deregulation, privatization and cutbacks.

Destroy the place, bring in multinationals to rebuild, with layers of contractors, and some crumbs eventually may drop to the working and poor. A huge funnel of billions of dollars going straight from public money into private hands.

Don't be so surprised that this is what is happening in Afghanistan. It is the same disaster capitalism that has come home to roost here in the United States in the past few years, with the culmination of the meltdown of the financial markets. What happened? Government uses public money to bail out billionaires boys club, while ordinary people are left holding the IOU, without jobs, or much of a prospect. The next logical result? Governments (federal and state) in so much debt that services need to be cut. Nothing new here either.

Perhaps it is time to examine the ideology of "free markets" at all costs, and see what it has done over the last forty to fifty years to impoverish and disenfranchise hundreds of millions of people worldwide while enriching the already rich.

Jiri Culik

Waterford, MI

Dec 4 2009 - 5:16pm