American Assistance Is Spread Too Widely

American military training has long served as the cornerstone of important strategic relationships, enduring officer-to-officer connections and improved performance on the battlefield. But U.S. military training has also churned out more than its share of future coup plotters, human rights abusers and presidents for life.

Washington is always red-faced when this occurs — but never so much so as to change the way it does business. The reasons U.S. training is so hit or miss are not difficult to ascertain, and they stem from three primary causes.

This article was originally published in The New York Times.