Highway 1 MRAP

U.S. Army Sgt. Zachary Simmons, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, provides security during an area reconnaissance mission near Highway 1 in the Zabul province of Afghanistan on Sept. 30, 2010. DoD photo by Spc. Joshua Grenier, U.S. Army. (Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Zachary Simmons, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, provides security during an area reconnaissance mission near Highway 1 in the Zabul province of Afghanistan on Sept. 30, 2010. DoD photo by Spc. Joshua Grenier, U.S. Army. (Released)

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  1. Aaaahhhh………Hwy 1 and Zabul Province. Brings back fond memories of my quality time in Qalat (provincial capital). And my favorite memory amongst those is Qalat was a paragon (at the time) of third world **** holes. Raising dilapidation, piles of trash and garbage all over, and the half melted organic mud hut look to new lows. Not too our biggest and best pals down at the drug & gun running ANP Provincial HQs (I have photos!).
    Oh yea……..my fondest memory of my fond Qalat memories. Amidst the ocean of squalor sat a pristine, modern, western style bank. Completely empty and unused. What’s up with that I ask? Somebody had the bright idea the Afghanis were dying to leave the wild world of thirteenth century finance, and a major impediment to their Wall Street hopes and dreams was the lack of a bank, employees, and any knowledge of banking methods newer than “what’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine if I can take it”. Actually the bank was a shrine to Finance Sector Reform. You may translate that as meaning for age before I arrived the Provincial and District ANP Chiefs preferred their bailiwicks payroll be delivered in the form a LARGE SACK OF CASH. Thereby allowing them to fairly, objectively, and impartially distribute the very small percentage of their subordinate’s wages, the Chief wasn’t stealing. Of course each subordinate police commander had to get his cut to before what was left actually made it to the officers. Somewhere along the way, a light bulb went on over someone’s head, who said, “Why don’t we use direct deposit to stop all the ANP wage thieving?” You mean besides there being no banks anywhere? That’s why ****hole Qalat had a modern bank that would not have look out of place in any of our own villages, towns, or cities, but no employees, knowledge of any modern banking practices, and stood there lonely and locked up (armed guards posted 24/7 to keep the locals [80% active Taliban or sympathetic to them according to SF sources] from stripping it to its concrete base) amidst the half melted organic looking local architectural masterpieces! Your coalition dollars at work!  In fairness……maybe they got it up and running since I left in Mar ’07.

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