"We've blasted Nawa with a phenomenal amount of money in the name of counterinsurgency without fully thinking through the second- and third-order effects."
- Ian Purves, British development expert who recently completed a year-long assignment as the NATO stabilization adviser in Nawa, Afghanistan
"Those cash-for-work men - half of them used to be Taliban. If the Americans stop paying for them to work, they'll go back to the Taliban."
- District governor Abdul Manaf, pleading for the program, due to expire on August 31th, to continue
"Nobody invited us.”
- Ali Jan, spokesman for opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah, speaking about Afghanistan’s upcoming national jirga