Tom Friedman, this is really tasteless.

This is nation building. This is nation building 101 in the most fragmented country in the world. Fareed, we’re talking about Afghanistan. And we’re talking about America in the middle of the great recession. I feel like we’re like an unemployed couple who just went out and decided to adopt a special needs baby. You know, I mean, that’s really kind of what we’re doing. And that’s like, whoa, y’know, that terrifies me.

I’m also not sure Friedman knows what “nation building” actually is. Restricting U.S. assistance to Afghan ministries and focusing it on agricultural security-sector development — I mean, argue with the wisdom of it if you’ve got concerns, but “nation building” is not an adequate description. Nor, for that matter, is it an argument. And he’s calling Afghanistan a retard?

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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