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Stupid. Stupid, stupid, freakin’ stupid
Friday, 02 July 2010 02:35
by Stephen P. Pizzo

My mind boggles. It just gets worse and worse, dumber and dumber, crazier and crazier. Superlatives fail me here.

What’s it gonna take before this administration gets it and gets out? Americans are bleeding treasure and blood. One is being wasted while the other is being stolen. Read the Wall Street Journal piece below. Then contact your member of Congress and tell him/her/it to get our troops out of Afghanistan as fast and as safely as humanly possible. But get them out. End it. Not next summer, but this summer.

There is nothing.. and I mean NOTHING.. as bad as the current policy. Nothing. We are wasting American lives and money we don’t have.. much of that money, as we have suspected and now know, is being stolen by the very Afghan “leaders” we are dying to protect. Does the US government know the names and locations of these blood-soaked thieves? You betchya they do. So why aren’t they in jail -- or shallow graves? They are, after all, just a much a threat to our troops as any Taliban or al Qaida terrorist. So?

We are fighting and dying for Afghan cheaters and liars. And our association with them is turning us into cheaters and liars. After all, how else could be justify continuing down such an insane path unless we too invest in lies and illusions:

Report Criticizes US System for Evaluating Afghan Forces

New York Times

Despite spending by the United States of $27 billion on the training of Afghan security forces since 2002, the report found that even top-rated Afghan units were unprepared and ill-trained.

And now this from Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.

Have a nice day.

Wall Street Journal: OVER $3 billion in cash has been flown out of Kabul in recent years amid fears funds from corruption and narcotics are being stashed overseas.

The sums leaving through Kabul International Airport are so large that US investigators believe top Afghan officials and their associates are sending billions of diverted US aid and logistics dollars and drug money to financial safe havens abroad.

The cash - packed into suitcases, piled onto pallets and loaded into airplanes - is declared and legal to move.

But US and Afghan officials say they are targeting the flows in major anticorruption and drug trafficking investigations because of their size relative to Afghanistan's small economy and the murkiness of their origins.
 

Officials believe some of the cash, if not most, is siphoned from Western aid projects and US, European and NATO contracts to provide security, supplies and reconstruction work for coalition forces in Afghanistan.

The amount declared as it leaves the airport is vast in a nation where the gross domestic product last year totaled $13.5 billion. NATO spent about $14 billion in Afghanistan last year alone.

Profits reaped from the opium trade are also a part of the money flow, as is cash earned by the Taliban from drugs and extortion, officials say.

More declared cash flies out of Kabul each year than the Afghan government collects in tax and customs revenue nationwide. “It's not like they grow money on trees here,” said a US official investigating corruption and Taliban financing.

“A lot of this looks like our tax dollars being stolen. And opium, of course.”

Most of the funds passing through the airport are being moved by often-secretive outfits called “hawalas”, private money transfer businesses with roots in the Muslim world stretching back centuries, officials say.

The officials believe hawala customers who have sent millions of dollars of their money abroad include high-ranking officials and their associates in President Hamid Karzai's administration, including Vice President Mohammed Fahim, and one of the president's brothers, Mahmood Karzai, an influential businessman.

Where they allegedly get the money is one of the questions under investigation.

Vice President Fahim responded through his brother, AH Fahim, a businessman, who denied the allegations. “My brother? He doesn't know anything about money,” Mr Fahim said.

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