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Afghan crooks

So we are sending more troops to Afghanistan. What about the crooked leadership and its support?

December 7, 2009

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A disturbing aspect of America’s commitment to provide more military help to Afghanistan is that president Hamid Karzai has not satisfactorily responded to U.S. demands that he root out corruption in his government — and among many civilian Afghan agencies and their people.

Karzai quickly pledged that he would “spare no effort” to help put into place the new American war strategy that will involve at least 30,000 more U.S. troops in the region.

But Karzai has just emerged from what seemed to be another fraudulent election, and among the leading crooks in his regime is his own brother. The brother is a known thief and embezzler who has been getting paid by our own CIA to provide information he should be giving for nothing, if he is a viable representative of his brother.

Will Karzai begin his cleanup of corruption by slapping his brother into line? Embedded analysts contend that the corruption among Afghan officials and top-level citizens is so deeply ingrained that Karzai faces an impossible task.

In announcing the new troop influx, President Obama has set a goal of July 2011, to begin drawing down U.S. forces. Immediately, Afghan leaders said that is too quickly to meet their needs.

American leaders outwardly indicate the Afghans can build up to meet their challenges when Americans leave. Inwardly, they likely are uncertain and concerned about a return of Taliban terrorists and their takeover goals.

Americans, including President Obama, have no reason to trust Karzai to handle a variety of key matters. But he is all they have to work with and work through so they have to apply as much pressure as possible to get the job done.

Comments

commuter 4 years, 4 months ago

I find it funny that we (American government) is worried about the corruption in the Afghan government but is unwillinging to address the corruption in our own government.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 4 months ago

It's just some person who works at LJW, cait. Who cares?

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Cait McKnelly 4 years, 4 months ago

Who authored this? There's no byline.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 4 months ago

What's all the fuss about? Obama never even used the word "win" anyway in his 4500 word speech that put a few dozen cadets sound asleep.

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commuter 4 years, 4 months ago

Merrill- Thanks for the links but do you have any links on how bad the Democrats are?? or do you ignore those?

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StrangerCreek 4 years, 4 months ago

The problem here is ignorance and blind obedience. These people live in the 15th century. There's only one good road crossing the country. Literacy is almost nil. Until they move into the 21st century we're beating a dead horse. I agree we need to go after OBL and his crew of thugs. What religion, what deity says it's ok to kill innocent children?

Like my dad always told me, never argue with an idiot, he'll beat you every time with ignorance...

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TomJoad1 4 years, 4 months ago

Bush, Karzai, Obama what is the difference?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 4 months ago

Heh, you could easily substitute "Bush" for "Karzai" in this piece without needing much editing.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 4 months ago

BTW, merrill, how many times have you copy/pasted that same set of links? 100 times? 200 times? Do you ever get the feeling that nobody actually reads them anymore?

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 4 months ago

Seeing as how the O'dude was perfectly okay with carrying water for Chicago Corruption Machine, he should feel right at home with the Afghans.

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Paul R Getto 4 years, 4 months ago

Easy, Merrill. We have experience with corrupt government here at home. Maybe it will help us to cope with our 'friends' in Afghanistan. The smartest course is to just get out, but politics demand we waste more money and lives before we figure that out.,

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

Corruption at its' finest...

About weapons sales then and down explains how corruption arms so called USA enemies: http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0208-05.htm http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4120/we_arm_the_world/

Not to mention the famous....

CRIME: Who hosted the Iran Contra secret illegal sale of weapons? Republicans! http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/publications/irancontra/irancon.html http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/reagan/peopleevents/pande08.html

*CRIME: Who brought the nation Iran Contra number 2? Republicans! http://www.democracynow.org/2008/3/5/iran_contra_20_how_the_bush

Who can forget Watergate? CRIME: Which party illegally spied on the democrats to win an election? Republicans! Watergate! http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/watergate/index.html

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

Is corruption available in the USA government?

The nations consumers could have excellent National Health insurance for all.if one would remove:

*elected officials as shareholders http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/12/AR2009061204075.html

special interest campaign funding the insurance industry recklessly spending health care dollars to bribe votes

“Highlighting the frenetic activity the overhaul has spurred in Washington, health interests have reported spending $262 million lobbying in the first six months of 2009, more than any other portion of the economy, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

That was $23 million more than health-related companies and groups spent lobbying during the first half of 2008.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/31/health-bill-inches-forwar_n_248359.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/30/AR2009073004267.html?hpid=topnews

*the news media offering misinformation ( their large advertising revenue is at stake)

Remember it is the most expensive medical insurance in the world that denies care and/or cancels coverage after taking ones money for years and years.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

After 8 years,thousands of dead bodies and billions upon billions of dollars why are we there? Afghanistan did not attack the USA.

The 9/11/01 culprits attended Florida flight schools, laid out their strategy a few blocks from Gen. Hayden and the NSA headquarters then implemented their plan on 9/11/01 all the while the NSA people knew they were only a few blocks away. No one would authorize the FBI to pursue the matter.

What about corruption within our own government?

The republican party are masters at putting millions upon millions upon millions of people out of work. All they do with a remarkable degree of consistency is wreck the economy,initiate huge movements of shipping jobs abroad aka the Reagan-Bush Global Economy and try to wreck social security and medicare.

Is there a definite pattern of corruption? Absolutely!

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Home Loan Scandal http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  2. The Bush/Cheney Home Loan Scandal http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  3. What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

  4. Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security?( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion and wreck the economy) http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0505orr.html

It continues....

Plans to build a pipeline to siphon oil from newly conquered Iraq to Israel are being discussed between Washington, Tel Aviv and potential future government figures in Baghdad.

The plan envisages the reconstruction of an old pipeline, inactive since the end of the British mandate in Palestine in 1948, when the flow from Iraq's northern oilfields to Palestine was re-directed to Syria.

Now, its resurrection would transform economic power in the region, bringing revenue to the new US-dominated Iraq, cutting out Syria and solving Israel's energy crisis at a stroke.

It would also create an end less and easily accessible source of cheap Iraqi oil for the US guaranteed by reliable allies other than Saudi Arabia - a keystone of US foreign policy for decades and especially since 11 September 2001.

To resurrect the pipeline would need the backing of whatever government the US is to put in place in Iraq, and has been discussed - according to Western diplomatic sources - con't http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/apr/20/israelandthepalestinians.oil

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