Thursday, April 12, 2007


Conflicting directions from leadership prevent alignment. For example, one imperative given to those working with the Ministry of Interior (MOI)- “don’t let them fail”. Another direction is “teach them to take care of themselves, don’t do it for them” You can’t have it both ways. As I heard explanations of what "don't let them fail" meant, presenters provided examples where the Americans would observe and would try to let the MOI folks work it out. At the point where it became clear that an initiative or action would fail without their immediate intervention, then the US advisor swoops into actions and makes it happen. Seems to me to be in direct contradiction to the second direction noted above.

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