April 28, 2013


The Root of Afghan Corruption

"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," the New York Times reports.

"All told, tens of millions of dollars have flowed from the C.I.A. to the office of President Hamid Karzai... Moreover, there is little evidence that the payments bought the influence the C.I.A. sought. Instead, some American officials said, the cash has fueled corruption and empowered warlords, undermining Washington's exit strategy from Afghanistan."

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










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