"We are scrubbing every single civilian program"

Hillary Clinton declares that most of the money the U.S. has spent on aid to Afghanistan over the past seven years was wasted. They’re starting all over again.

It’s worth noting that new governments sometimes do this sort of thing, to persuade everyone — including themselves — that they’re not the old government. It would not be unheard-of if Clinton and the Obama administration ended up reintroducing large chunks of their predecessors’ aid framework under catchy new names. Still, this is one of those moments when Canadian authorities can wait for the Americans to ask for us to fill a new role, or move quickly into the current policy vacuum and tailor a new role for Canadian aid. Policy makers or policy takers. It’ll be interesting to see which way Canada goes.

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