RE: Aid for Afghanistan

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Fri Dec 28 2001 - 12:00:25 MST

>From: "Smigrodzki, Rafal" <>

>I agree about the need for supervision of the aid by the grantors
>(US, charities) but I would object to giving preferences to US
>contractors - if you help, the funds should be spent in the most
>efficient way possible, disregarding any nationalistic

It's time the U.S. started paying more attention to it's national

As a U.S. taxpayer I would object to my funds being given to a
foreign company for this purpose, local workers exempted. If
companies in other countries want the business/charity work, let
them convince their governments to shell out the Bucks/Marks.
Peso's whatever.

Part of the U.S.'s problem in the world is simple PR. During the
holidays I was watching TV as a man in Afghanistan was criticizing
the U.S. with a bag of wheat clearly labeled "USA" slung over his
shoulder. Had I been standing there I would have "pulled a
Giuliani", dragged it away from him with an explanation as to why,
and told him to try eating dirt.

In marketspeak the U.S needs to push it's brand, and quit catering
to the prejudices of the rest of the world.


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