Can U.S. Aid Win the War in Pakistan?

USAID's efforts in Pakistan has its critics. Greg Mortenson, a Nobel peace prize nominee who has spent much of the past 15 years of his life building schools in Kashmir and in eastern Afghanistan, criticizes the agency as bloated and "overstretched." He said he can build a school in Pakistan for a fraction of what USAID spends.

But U.S. officials defend their efforts and say there is a larger point: That even if some of their money is spent ineffectively, the public sees that they're trying, and that's what convinces them to support the United States.

For Badr-ul Islam, the dairy seller, it's as simple as this: The U.S. has directly affected his life for the better.

"The people who oppose America," he said, "they should see how they've helped me. And they will change their minds."

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