re: Ban On USAID Outsourcing Programs Makes Bipartisan Sense
I love muckraking journalism but I think your arguments oversimplify the problem. The solution in overcoming zealotry (whether Christian, Islamic, Jewish, etc.) is education, and education in English is a good way to open people/communities stuck in violent cycles to pursue opportunities beyond the narrow brainwashing of religious schools in places like Pakistan, and possibly Mindanao. There are/were some rich zealots, like Bin Ladin, who are not mired in poverty, but they recruit very poor young people who can be controlled by limited education. I support USAID programs that combat terrorism, and in this case learning English can be good way for moving young people into nursing and other careers that build community. I do not support outsourcing call center jobs, and I do not support "big businesses" profiting from my tax dollars. Calling to end the Mindanao program, however, is shortsighted, reactionary and serves to make good headlines. As the other commentator wrote, we need basic development programs in places like Mindanao, and education, including English education, is a key component.