Yglesias

Fifty

Posted on

CREDIT:

It seems we have 50 FBI agents who speak Arabic out of 10,000. Suppose that instead of deciding to spread our scarce language assets thinner by invading Iraq, the Bush administration had done something much cheaper like a $15 billion per year effort to massively boost America’s base of people who speak Arabic, Turkic languages, Urdu, etc.? Wouldn’t that have been more helpful?