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There is a weakness in foreign policy and it is not only a problem of the U.S. but of most countries. It is a weak link that is easily fortified because it simply calls for understanding of, knowledge of other countries with whom we interact.

Let me point out the absurdity of how we deal with things. Although I am fully certified to teach history in two other states, to do so here I would need to apply, be tested, and show not only proficiency in my field but also in math for which I have no use in a history classroom. These requirements stand despite multiple degrees and decades of experience from 7th to college class teaching. But to be an ambassador to another country, I would not have to show any knowledge of its language, history, nor culture. What is wrong with that thinking, or lack of thinking?

We faced this problem in Vietnam, we face it in Iraq, we face it in Afghanistan. Indeed, we face it in many places and do nothing to learn from it.

From Kathy Gannon of the AP at Common Dreams Afghans Fed Up With Government, US.


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