A story today in the Times features a city in Afghanistan known as “Little America.” Little America, like a lot of Iraq, and, increasingly, a lot of Afghanistan, is in ruins. The Taliban run the place now. Training the police fell two years ago to Irving’s own DynCorp International. Says one Afghan police lieutenant of Dyncorp’s work: “I had 15 days’ training in Kandahar. The things they were teaching me I already knew.”
But Little America’s problems aren’t all DynCorp’s fault. The Afghan police are poorly equipped because the city is corrupt and bankrupt. Today, some of DynCorp’s training includes having recruits pretend to fire rifles.