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Journal: A ‘weapons system’ based on wishful thinking

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Boston Globe (our favorite serious newspaper)

By Andrew Wilder September 16, 2009

ARTIST: (Christopher Serra for The Boston Globe)

IN APRIL, the US Army published the “Commander’s Guide to Money as a Weapons System,’’ a handbook that provides guidance on how to use aid funding to win the support of the “indigenous population to facilitate defeating the insurgents.’’ This summer the US government indicated that it plans to nearly double (to $1.2 billion) the main fund military commanders in Afghanistan use to support projects intended to “win hearts and minds.’’

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