CIA Dumps 'Bags of Cash' on Corrupt Hamid Karzai

And then we give him bags of cash, and he totally parties! ||| whitehouse.govwhitehouse.govCan we declare victory and go home already?

KABUL, Afghanistan — For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president — courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency.

All told, tens of millions of dollars have flowed from the C.I.A. to the office of President Hamid Karzai, according to current and former advisers to the Afghan leader.

"We called it 'ghost money,'" said Khalil Roman, who served as Mr. Karzai's deputy chief of staff from 2002 until 2005. "It came in secret, and it left in secret."

Whole New York Times article here. This passage should get your week off to a bad start:

"The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan," one American official said, "was the United States."

The United States was not alone in delivering cash to the president. Mr. Karzai acknowledged a few years ago that Iran regularly gave bags of cash to one of his top aides.

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  • sarcasmic||

    I eagerly await the hat tip to 'Jerry on the boat.'

  • Jerry on the boat||

    "Morning links are for peasants."

  • The Sego Sago Kid||

    Sorry, no money for White House tours or for FAA employees. We gave it all 3rd world warlords.

  • Doctor Whom||

    There is nothing left to cut. We are one dime of federal spending away from becoming Somalia.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Nunavut. No public roads.

  • Zeb||

    Well, Nunavut is really just like Somalia, except with no people and very cold.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I'll have you know that the average summer temperature is in the 50s.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    and by summer, you mean 20 minutes in late June.

  • Pro Libertate||

    That's a slur, and the Nunavut government will be in touch.

  • db||

    I hope they send a promotional mousepad.

  • Pro Libertate||

    They've been known to do that.

  • Fluffy||

    How do you think we defeated the Iraqi insurgency?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    In the administration's defense, there is very little bags of cash can't fix. They know the only reason it ever doesn't work is because the bags are too small.

  • albo||

    This is the way things work in the various crapholes of the world. What would we do instead--give him an unlimited iTunes account? Write the government a check that they can cash at the local branch of Deutsche Bank?

  • Tim||

    How 'bout a set of region 1 DVD's and an MP3 of Obama speeches?

  • CatoTheElder||

    Big deal. It's just high-quality paper with some fancy printing. The Bureau of Engraving can always print more.

  • Randian||

    I have to say that there a lot of reasons the United States should not be involved with Afghanistan, but doing business in this fashion isn't one of them.

  • SugarFree||

    Afghanistan: America's Money Hole in the East

  • Loki||

    I thought that was Michelle Obama.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    That's "ho", not "hole".

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I wish someone would drop bags of cash on my desk for me. Wasn't that why we elected Obama in the first place? Why is he shipping our bags of cash recipient jobs overseas?

  • DJF||

    This is no surprise.

    I am wondering how much in kickbacks he has to give and who gets it?

  • nilecroc||

    So my English teachers was just bitching about how the sequester cut of government grants and work study programs. Shecwant us to right Ted Cruz because she considers actually having to pay for your own education bad for some reason, instead of other people's money.

  • db||

    Write a letter in favor of the sequester to the local paper. Make sure your teacher gets to read it, hopefully after your finals are graded.

    Also, I suggest spell check and a copy editor.

  • Pro Libertate||

    The role of Hamid Karzai is played by Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley. What, you thought we let a native run the country?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    No wonder the Taliban is pissed; their country is being run by an Indian Jew!

  • Rich||

  • Randian||

    oh jesus another War for Oiler.

  • Tim||

    Cash. Green, crisp and inky smelling. This year when it's time to honor that special someone why not try bags of cash? Bags of Cash-the fragrance from Barack Obama.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Your tax dollars at work.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "We called it 'ghost money,'" said Khalil Roman, who served as Mr. Karzai's deputy chief of staff from 2002 until 2005. "It came in secret, and it left in secret."

    The Obama people call it "stimulus".

  • Tim||

    Shit, they didn't even have to put up a windmill.

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  • Tim||

    Hamid says Jamie can kiss his ass.

  • Voros McCracken||

    You know what this means?

    At last we've succeeded in bringing American style democracy to Afghanistan.

  • db||

    I'm choking back tears of pride.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    "Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute!"

    --Thomas Jefferson, in response the the Barbary States' demand for jizya in exchange for not attacking American shipping in the Mediterranean Sea.

    How far we have fallen!

  • sloopyinca||

    The real beauty of the story is the comments page in the NYT article.

    I guess they forgot who sets foreign policy and who is the CinC of the people doing this.*

    *As an added bonus, there is some decrying Citizens United and the "fact" that Bush-established corporatism is what's at play here.

  • ChrisO||

    We pretend that Karzai rules Afghanistan, and he pretends to rule it. It's a win-win.


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