February 13, 2012, - 2:48 pm

American Soldiers Died to Give Afghan Women “Flower Literacy”?!

By Debbie Schlussel

The United States spent gazillions of dollars and hundreds of American soldiers’ lives to build roads for unappreciative Afghans, who play both sides and mostly remain loyal to the Taliban.  Most of the roads were never finished, and it was all a giant waste of time, money, and lives in order to build “goodwill” that never materialized among the Afghan Muslims.  The uselessness and frustration over building these roads and the Americans’ lives lost or wounded are documented in two movies, “Restrepo,” and “Where Soldiers Come From,” both of which I saw but was remiss in not yet reviewing here (I will soon).  The Wall Street Journal did an in-depth story on what a waste the program is,  and it’s just as my jaded mind thought.  But here’s the best part of where your money in Afghanistan is going, something like “Midnight Basketball for Muslim Chicks”:  “flower literacy.”

“Flower Literacy: Your Tax Dollars @ Work Training Muslims in “Democracy”

I kid you not.  We are spending money to teach Afghan Muslimas “floral literacy.”    No, it’s not instructing Muslim women in the appreciation of roses and gardenias.  Or even poppies, for something beyond their illicit drug value.  It’s to teach the Afghan women how to make floral arrangements . . . which I’m sure is in high demand in the mountains and caves of the Korengal Valley.  Attention, USAID, they live in Helmand Province, NOT Hollywood or La Jolla.  And, anyway, I heard the pink jihad club of gay Afghan Muslims called.  They don’t want the competition.  Business is already so slow, as there aren’t enough goat and Bacha Bazi parties to go around. I’ve seen photos of some Afghan women trying to sell garish floral arrangements to Italian soldiers (who weren’t buying), but they’ve pulled out, and when all Western soldiers are gone, the flower biz will dry up. This isn’t exactly “teaching them to fish” or modernizing them.


U.S. taxpayers paid Afghan entrepreneur Ajmal Hasas millions of dollars as part of a plan to win over villages in the country’s insurgent heartlands. . . .

Mr. Hasas was a point man in a $400 million U.S. Agency for International Development campaign to build as much as 1,200 miles of roads in some of Afghanistan’s most remote and turbulent places.

Three years and nearly $270 million later, less than 100 miles of gravel road have been completed, according to American officials. More than 125 people were killed and 250 others were wounded in insurgent attacks aimed at derailing the project, USAID said. The agency shut down the road-building effort in December. . . .

A typical gravel road in Afghanistan is supposed to cost about $290,000 per mile, according to USAID. It cost American taxpayers about $2.8 million for each mile of gravel road completed by IRD [International Relief and Development, the American non-profit that ran the program], making them the most expensive miles of road ever built by the U.S. government in Afghanistan.

Less than half the $269 million spent on the project went to actual road construction, IRD officials say. A quarter of the funds were paid to IRD administration and staff. About 15% was spent on security, and 8% was allocated to the community-development projects IRD said were central to the success of the project.

As part of the Strategic Roads Project, USAID set aside millions of dollars in the contract to set up small soap factories, run reading programs for illiterate villagers, dig wells and teach sewing to Afghan women—all with the expectation that it would win American troops good will.

But the community program was hobbled when IRD put a halt to awarding grants in southeastern Afghanistan for eight months after discovering that IRD staff were falsifying reports and exaggerating the impact of the development projects, according to former IRD workers. After revamping the staff and project, IRD resumed handing out grants for things like “flower literacy” programs that taught Afghan women how to make flower arrangements.
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Hey, maybe we should give ’em green cards and citizenship in the U.S. I hear Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and someone might need a flower arrangement handmade by the craftswomen of the mountains in Afghanistan.

So chic, so unique. Your tax dollars at work.

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21 Responses

Good grief!

skzion on February 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Debbie if it makes you feel any better I think the billions of dollars in aid we give to Muslim countries is even more counterproductive than this stupid road project. Apparenty sending money to people who want to blow us up is the new Black. H. and I were so bored last night we watched Backdraft on TV. We liked the pretty girls in the movie but found the casting of Billy Baldwin and Kurt Russell as brothers a bit hard to swallow. We’re also curious as to how super preppy Detroit Country Day keeps producing star NBA players. Is something rotten in Denmark?

A1 on February 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

A much more efficient use of money: kill the terrorist, and do a chromosome analysis. Go into a neighboring village, and any male adult who matches the chromosome analysis within a reasonable range of familial association, shoot.

These guys are familial/tribal. Don’t kill innocent civilians who are unrelated to the scum you wish to get at—let it be known that terrorist association will result in the wipeout of entire male lines.

This is the Kratman approach, incidentally, and it is yet another reason why Caliphate by Tom Kratman is a must read.

Occam's Tool on February 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    And, as OT would know, this approach is fully in line with the sociobiological idea of “inclusive fitness.” You see, your typical Amalekite can, under certain circumstances, increase his likelihood of transmitting his genes to future generations by becoming a martyr. His offspring will be glorified because of his martyrdom. Indeed, even if he has no offspring, he is between 25% and 50% genetically related to every member of his immediate (large) family. So, his death can bring a huge dividend.

    skzion on February 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    That is not the Only place we need that kind of therapy!

    — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism,

    it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    K Kehoe on February 14, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Valentine’s Day, and valentines, are considered abhorrent by Muslim religious authorities, tantamount to idol worship. Religious and civil authorities (often a distiction without a difference) in Muslim countries have, in recent years, sought vigorously to suppress this infidel-based holiday, with Muslim celebrants threatened with severe punishment.

commonsense on February 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

y nephew died in afghanistan because of president bongo’s rule of engagement and nation building.he was murdered by two of the ragheads who were supposed to be on a guard with him but he was the only one there, they only showed up long enough to shoot an rpg Andrew and kill him.the only thing we should be doing in afghanistan is killing lots of ragheads.

BRUCE on February 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    You got that right, Bruce!

    Joel Harrell-Confederate Son on February 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Further, it’s important, “male lines” notwithstanding, to kill off female Amalekites especially. One dead female is a tremendous blow (as opposed to an oppressed female, who is where the family wants her).

skzion on February 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Free speech alert. Under the guise of combating ‘Islamophobia’ the OIC has now reached the stage where it is confident of shutting down all criticism of Islam worldwide, including in America (kiss goodbye to the first amendment). See the final sentence in this article http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v6/newsindex.php?id=645342

“This is widely viewed as a significant step forward in OIC efforts to advance the international legal concept of defaming Islam.”

Crombouke on February 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Deadly, horrid, disgraceful boondoggle @ $2.8 million per mile of gravel road. Our tax dollars hard at work.

DS_ROCKS! on February 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm

We can thank the 60’s and the offspring of the “Greatest Generation” for such ponderous rules of engagement. The 60’s brought us the most retarded generation and we are still feeling the poison of their stupid ideas.

I wish I knew back near 9/11 what I know now. I would have never supported the wars the way they were engaged. I certainly wouldn’t be like the fricken’ idiots who were against the wars in the Liberal way though.

Hey, do y’all notice that there are NO MORE anti-war rallies? I went to a few to support the military when GWB was President and these freaks had them twice a year. With Obama we hear crickets and not a peep about Libya and/or Uganda. No anti-war rallies. Just Occupy Filth-ins. And you know those were set up by Soros and the Unions so Bam! could demonize richy-rich Mitt Romney.

NEVER forget the Left are NOT anti-war. They’re just anti-Republican President war. What I mentioned above proves it! And that screeching freak Cindy Sheehan has shut up. Hypocrisy all around!

Skunky on February 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Skunky, we also are not blessed with the daily body counts. Even though we’ve recently had some of the worst months on record, not a peep. Amazing, isn’t it?

Robin H on February 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Great point, Robin! Thanks for reminding us. Talk about double-standards!

    Skunky on February 14, 2012 at 10:21 am

Well said, Skunky and Robin.

skzion on February 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Flower Power?

Worry01 on February 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm

We complain and we are not heard. Make a few million and give a Dem or Rep (doesn’t matter which side) a healthy lunch of Lobster salad. That is about as far as you can go…they do what they want to get money to get reelected. If we all joined the movement to vote against incumbents it would make them at least notice us. As for wasting our money, where is the $8 billion in cash that has’t been found in Iraq?

Mel on February 14, 2012 at 11:53 am

The only people wo make out well are the contractors.

Worry01 on February 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Looking at that picture, I can’t help but think to myself that perhaps the next step should be to teach her how to belt out a chorus of “The Rain In Spain Falls Mainly On The Plain.”

Irving on February 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
Girls have picked them every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Tanstaafl on February 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Now if we can just teach them to stick those flowers in the gunbarrels of the Taliban. Peace.

Ron Wolf on February 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

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