November 8th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

Rebuilding Afghan farms

In part of the series, the Other Afghan Offensive, CNN's Jill Dougherty explains how the U.S. is helping Afghan farmers grow new crops.

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  1. LarryKegel(US Army)

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    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Will You Please not use My real name for Your messages!!!

      November 18, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dindy.....

    Dan in Lafayette In....well written..

    November 14, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
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    November 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel-2

    Beautifully said,RSAT4. Thank you.

    November 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • RSAT4

      D-2 its enemy posting under my name. I am glad because he getting the truth

      November 13, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dindy.....

    May God help every one to be in peace !!!

    November 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dindy.....


    November 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dindy.....

    Dan in Lafayette .There was a voice from heaven the day Jesus was Baptized saying" this is my son . I am very pleased with him.."But in Gethsemane where Jesus prayed to God,.. there was no answer.from above. Yet Angles of God comforted him according to the Bible. Because it was his life style communicating with God every day , JESUS said Father (he no knew anyone on earth because he was born to a virgin so it is only heavenly father)forgive these people as they dont know what they are doing.( JESUS said according to the bible I have)
    Still there wasn't any voice. what I think is God's spirit was in Him on the cross..After the day of Johan"s Baptism no more voice from heaven but only Jesus was speaking on earth through the indwelling spirit within him. Then Jesus is asking why you have forsaken me .on the day he was dying As Jesus felt the Holy spirit has left him. Before this, on the day of Transfiguration Peter and another disciple see JESUS ..just like god with Moses and Elijah.
    Then Jesus say only After he goes.. that he can send the counselor again. That is the Holy spirit. So to send Holy spirit back to this world (which was disconnected from people due to sin) first God needed to cleanse people 's heart from God him self dying on the cross in Human form as People did not stop sinning when God spoke through prophets. God the supreme wanted people to know what is the correct thing to do to go heaven. At the beginning every thing was given free from God. Then because of the sin by Adam and Eve we lost that benefit. After that we had to suffer and sacrifice. And face punishment so massive.To make it worse people started worshiping idols too. Yet God who is merciful wanted to reunite and give one more chance to us. It was crucifixion from taking alll the sins on him and He made a Bridge to heaven again through Jesus. Now the Bridge means not that we hold a rail and walk on . This means we have to follow Jesus way ... God"s go to heaven.
    . Once again there was no voice from heaven while dying on the cross. Yet the whole earth was dark .why? There was no light as the God the Holy Spirit ( Light) was in Jesus. Bible does not say there was an eclipse. what Bible say is there a darkness on earth.
    whom people nailed was God . Then God raise the Body named Jesus. Then Jesus on earth for some days before the ascension. Now the holy spirit of God (all truth) is dwelling again there after.
    So we have to listen to the indwelling spirit inside. . As human beings we all do mistakes when do not listen to the indwelling spirit inside. . Yet we can try and make it our life style like Jesus did.

    November 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LarryKegel(US Army)

    If GOD raised Jesus from the Dead??? Why does His followers sin so badly??? Why would GOD bring Jesus to do the Devils work??? Because GOD is for the good and the Devil is for evil!!!

    November 9, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Larry...Kegal (US Army)
      To defeat evil , To cancel evil ...the world need something better and powerful than evil. Fire can be extinguish with water. Fire it self cant get cool from fire.
      Just like that....for evil God gave the most holy lamb pure in blood. No sin. He was born to a virgin. His blood wa not mixed with another human(Man) But Holy . Devil could not tempt JESUS AS Jesus had no sin or desire in flesh. ..
      Adam liked the company of Eve and agreed to her word which she picked from Devil to munch from the tree of wisdon and dis obeyed lord. They both gave the authority of earth to Devil that day.
      That is why Devil said to Jesus I will give this whole earth..and kingdoms ..Just worship me"" But Jesus said No. I only worship God not you. Devil did not give up till Devil led Jesus to the cross. But Jesus did not surrender to Devil and died without hate on others. God raised him from death and took him to heaven to make the world understand from doing good only one can go to heaven. Doing good means , Not agreeing with Devil. But agree with only God"s word. Ten commandments.

      November 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marque

    What about training Americans to be great, clean organic farmers, therefore providing opportunities for (the troops coming home, those Americans who have been searching for work, etc. thus protecting the safety of our food and textiles?
    Why is this California farmer going abroad and empowering those with his wisdom and technology when he could help people right here at home? Where is your logic?

    November 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Because by helping the Farmers there... Is also helping this Country get better too!!! Our Farmers has help and when They get home can help things get better than even now... We can learn from each other!!!

      November 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Buy teaching them to farm different goods... It is making things better for them and getting rid of the drugs here!!! It is a win, win on both sides...

      November 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tyrone

    The Matt"Lauer interview with former President G. W. Bush confirm that Bush was a total idiot! He should never had been on the street of the White House let along inside! When Bush was asked about waterboarding the idiot only answer half the question. Bottom line if we weatherboard so-call enemy they can waterboard American troops! Also the information receive from waterboarding can't be trusted! Because after being waterboarding 180 times! Many will just say anything LIE to just end the torture! Another thing Bush said that was totally ignorant was that after 9/11 . He kept America safe! The truth 9/11 happen on his watch and then the idiot sent Americans to fight and DIE in Iraq for nothing! There where no WOMD! Which if it was had nothing to do with the attack on 9/11 any way! But Bush still would allow American troops to fight and die for NOTHING! When asked if he knew what he knew TODAY. Bush said he still would sent American troops to die for NOTHING!! So he LIED after 9/11 he DID NOT keep Americans safe! He just added to the dead Americans by 4,400 plus and counting in Iraq for NOTHING! That's why today Republicans talk about the surge in Iraq as a achievement. When the truth is there should never been a surge! Because there should had never been a war in Iraq! Bush also seem to suggest when he was at the sight of 9/11 he was infrequence by a angry group to do something! So the idiot just pick Iraq! Instead of Afghanistan where many said America should had attacked first! Matt"Lauer never asked any questions about the 9/11 Report"! Which claims that the Bush's administration neglected to purchase proper upper body armor for the American troops! As a result 750 American troops die needlessly! Many parent went inline and purchase armor for their children! When asked about Katrina Bush;s ignorant mother answer the question! When she stated that the victim where better off. Because they all came from poverty!

    November 9, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Very well put,Tyrone. Thank you.

      November 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      will you please stop lying. Man be careful when you accuse some one with lies. There is some one above you .Sorry if you have not felt that way. There was a reason before 9/11 and after it if you watch all the news that day.. just do not joke about that most terrible incident in Human History. If you dont know something reasonable to say please keep silent. The families of those who died on that day in the towers are still there and how do they feel when read your lies here.

      November 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Everyone knows that Bush never won either elections... We also know that He lied about what He said so that He could start a War that should never been started!!!

        November 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ingrid Castellina

    I hope their learning organic gardening or perma-culture or indigenous ways of gardening. The farming should be done in a sustainable fashion. I hope others join in the effort of rebuilding their agriculture industry, but America's industry is not perfected yet either!

    November 9, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      What we need to do Ingrid is to get China,Iran,Vietnam and Russia to go into Afghanistan and rebuild their economy after the NATO forces leave. The big problem is how do you get the NATO forces to leave without being defeated like we were in Vietnam. In fact,Vietnam had to rebuild itself in light of a U.S. trade embargo and in spite of the same!

      November 9, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Very well stated,Dan. I totally agree,especially with what you said about Vietnam. That trade embargo should never have been imposed and it was quite unfair.

        November 9, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Chairman Mao Zedong

        I agree and no communist hater can counter that argument.

        November 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      If that is true??? There isn't any Devil right??? Why would GOD choose only Jesus to Be GOD'S Son when GOD created all of us??? We are all GOD'S Children!!!

      November 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        Larry ..Jesus was special as Jesus was born to a virgin. God did that with a very special intention.

        November 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        LarryKegal( US Army)
        God did not create a Devil...He was in heaven and his name was Lucifer. Then Lucifer wanted to become God and to sit on God"s place. God who can see anyone thoughts threw Lucifer and his supporters down to earth in anger. They are the clan on earth now in different names as false Gods. They also help people to get money and do things (Here in Sri lanka ..there are lot) to please people and to lead people against true God.
        These clan is the worse in the middle sky these days. If they are that from that realm ,imagine how bad it will be when they finally land on earth. It will be the end. I wish if one can come here and see the things they do with people here. ;( with Devil ( Lucifer earlier) and his clan here. ( Voodo and hex and all other witch craft) God saved me.

        November 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Sorry folks,I never posted the above. I only wish that this joker who usurped my name would only tell the whole story like who devastated Vietnam in the 1960's and 70's and who planned and carried out the tragic overthrow of Chilean President SalvadorAllende in 1973,for openers.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Posey

      Quite right,Dan. What we need on this webbsite is far less right-wing propaganda and a lot more truth. Thank you Dan for telling it like it is!

      November 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      This Idiot is so afraid to post by His real name are handle... That He uses other to bring us down to His size!!! He is like the Tarriest nothing but a coward...

      November 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dindy.....

    sorry..I need to correct. THEY BELIEVE SOME OF NEW TESTIMONY. NOT ALL.

    November 8, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Dindy, I need to correct you, in the new testament Jesus claims that He and the Father are one. Also He told His disciples that the Holy Spirit had dwelt with them and would be with them when He was gone. Meaning He was the Holy Spirit and after His Spirit had left it would also be with all who believed in Him. So you see Jesus is the trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    And tell me what will he teach me that will profit me in the afterlife?

    November 8, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      But kill those who do not follow the truth huh?

      November 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      What is the truth, The prophecy of Muhammad that has yet to come? I call the truth to love one another as thyself as Jesus said if you do this you obey all God's commandments but for sure have no God before Him which Allah was made from the moon god al-ilah during the time when Arabs worshiped and idolized moon, sun and star gods!

      November 9, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Why worry about the After Life??? GOD will be the judge of You then!!! You should be more concern of the present...

      November 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Dan In Lafayette, IN: Do You really think the word of Jesus is the truth??? The only truth is the word of GOD that GOD left Moses in GODS own writing!!! Other wise it is just Man saying what They want You to believe...

        November 9, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We can agree on that!!!

      November 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    You are the son of the devil, the anti-Christ and fire will rain upon your head!

    November 8, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  18. USMC Forever

    Back in the 1980's the Russians tried the very same thing here but they didn't win the "hearts and minds" of the people. Whether the West will succeed or not remains to be seen. Either way,we have no right to be there!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      The difference from how Russia did it and how We are doing it is We are training the People to take care of Themselves!!! While Russia tried to take over the Country...

      November 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Isn't that the other way around,Phunnie boy? It's the NATO countries who are there to exploit Afghanistan's natural resources for their own benefit. Besides,Great Britain and France have a track record of conquering third world countries and exploiting their resources which eventually led to WW1.

        November 8, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Beautifully put,Larry. If the majority of the American people shared your knowledge of history,both the Democrats and the Republicans would be out of business and the hateful Tea Partiers wouldn't stand a chance in a million!!!

        November 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        LarryKEGAL(US Army)....
        Good post.

        November 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Will who ever is using My name quit it already!!! Why can't the Board do anything to stop him from using other Peoples names???

        November 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Which Post are You talking about??? I wrote the first one!!! Not the 2nd one... Can't You tell the difference???

        November 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Smith in Oregon

    The Taliban had ALL but eradicated ALL of Afghanistan's Opium poppy fields across ALL of Afghanistan. Along comes the CIA with handpicked Hamid Karzai and the Karzai Clan promptly planted Opium poppy's across ALL of Afghanistan's 34 provinces under the blessings of the Republican administration of Bush-Cheney.

    Heroin production THEN skyrocketed, making Hamid Karzai's brother allegedly THE MAJOR exporter of Heroin to the entire world! IF the Taliban return to power in Afghanistan, they will AGAIN eradicate the Opium poppy fields across ALL of Afghanistan, gutting that major funding to the Chinese Triad's and to the Mexican Drug Cartels.

    Swords to Plowshares? Republican 2012 Presidential front running candidate Mitt Romney recently pledged before a massive meeting of the US Military Complex defense contractors that HE would immediately begin a new series of Nuclear Weapons with various applications and upgrades. Mitt Romney flat out stated he would start and build up a massive Nuclear Weapons arm's race very similar to what former Republican President Ronald Reagan did during the cold war period.

    Of course Russia would abandon the Democratic President Obama nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia and embark on a massive new build-up themselves.

    America's Presidential Elections have stark consequences for America and for the world. The Republican administration of Bush-Cheney flooded the entire world with Heroin destroying entire nations with the resulting tidal wave of freely available Heroin. A Republican administration of Mitt Romney would push American and Russia once again in a hyper-expensive nuclear weapons arm's race.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Well stated,Smith. Thank you.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Why don't You name one Republican are tea Party that could beat Obama??? Maybe Sara Palin???

      November 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Afghan-American Refugee Kid

    THIS IS ONE OF THE KEY PIECES TO REBUILDING AFGHANISTAN!! Agriculture is essential to self-sufficiency, and its always been the core of the Afghan economy. Afghanistan used to be a net exporter of all kinds of wonderful fruits and nuts. God bless this guy and thank GOD someone in the White House actually understands Afghanistan!!!!!!! THIS IS GOING TO GO MILES AND MILES towards improving relations and getting Afghans off the Taliban and Opium, IF you can spread it throughout this Texas-sized country. =) GOOD WORK JEFF!!!!!!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Green Hornet

      Here's just more right-wing propaganda about how "great" it is for the Afghans to live under foreign occupation.The Germans tried the same thing in France during the first year of their occupation of that country back in WW2! How revolting!

      November 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Curt

    Way to go, USDA and Gary! It is just undeniable that true success and peace will come in the region, like anywhere, when these wonderful people are prospering in abundant, productive agriculture. Score one for the plowshares!

    November 8, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      More right-wing bla-bla-bla. Another gigantic bill for the American taxpayer and more propaganda fodder for the right-wing thugs in Washington!!!

      November 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • MAJ Tim Kelly

        It's an american civilian risking his life for the common people in Afghanistan and you people have the nerve to make judgement based on your narrow political world view. Since the 70s Afghans have bene unable to grow anything above subsistence level and this guy is trying to fix that, not based on his politics or his religion, just a desire to help his fellow man. I helped protect a guy like this in Logar province and it's one of the most rewarding things I ever did in my life. You get to see hope on the faces of men and children. Before you idiots try and spin this to fit your narrow views of the world why don't you get off your asses, talk with the people this guy is helping and see if they support your "agenda" viewpoint. And "rightwing"? I doubt it.

        November 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • seken

        @MAJ Tim Kelly Ignore the likes of , Dan in Lafayette, IN & one prophet, these goons have to comments on issues specially if they have no understanding of it.

        @Dan in Lafayette Have some education before issuing FATAWAS...

        November 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dindy.....

    Thank you God!!! Bless them with their crops !! weather and health !! and a peaceful life.

    November 8, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      It is about time We trained them to grow crops that will do good for the World and not the Drugs They were growing!!!

      November 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Nothing succeeds like success,ain't that right,Phunnie boy? I guess that you'll be belly-hooing this for some time to come!!!

        November 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |