A $300 million waste

Is it reasonable to think that a Defense Department plan to spend $300 million convincing Iraqis to support US objectives is a foolish waste of money that may end up doing more harm than good?

Wouldn’t it be a better investment for the future of a democratic Iraq to use some of that money to train and encourage Iraqi journalists in the basics of free and independent reporting– even reporting on the misdeeds of US forces and contractors, and corruption and misbehavior within their own government?