A Refinement

I was waiting for some alert reader to raise the first immediate objection to my proposal from yesterday. But since no one has written in, I'll have to raise it myself:

Too much direct aid may not be practically useful. How much can be spent before it turns into spending for spending's sake, or gets siphoned off by corruption?

I don't know. It's an important question and a recurring problem for development projects. Which is why I'd like to offer up another suggestion, both as a way of mitigating some of the firehose effect and as a productive gesture in its own right.

Now would also be an excellent time for a new volunteer program. What if every Marine who leaves Iraq were replaced by a Peace Corps volunteer?