We previously discussed how the CIA has delivered millions in cash in bags to the office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Karzai’s family and friends are have been denounced as openly corrupt. Despite these reports of grotesque corruption, the money continues to flow into Karzai’s pockets even as he attacks the U.S. and Americans as “demons”, and moves to shift alliances to Iran and China. The news of the CIA’s bag men produced outrage among many, but once again the objections over the corruption and waste in this country has no effect on the CIA. Karzai insisted that the cash keep flowing and even went public to say that the CIA assured him that the deliveries to him would continue regardless of the objections of U.S. citizens.
Karzai appears to have been irate at the thought that the CIA cash bags would stop and he is so immune from any standards of decency or legality that he went public to declare victory over public objections. Karzai declared “Yes, we received cash from the CIA for the past 10 years. It was very useful, and we are very thankful for this aid.” Of course, Afghanistan has received billions in “aid” — much of which simply “disappeared.” Karzai added that “Yesterday, I thanked the CIA’s chief in Kabul and I requested their continued help, and they promised that they will continue.”
Karzai simply dismissed objections to the overt corruption perpetrated by the CIA and himself. He insisted “[t]his is not unusual” and “[t]his is the choice of the American government.”
It certainly is not “unusual” for Karzai and his corrupt family. So let’s catch up. Karzai has praised the Taliban and called the U.S. as “demons.” He is working with Iran and asking China to come into this country as a new ally. His government is denying rights to women and religious minorities. Corruption is open and grotesque. The response of the CIA is to openly continue deliveries of cash in suitcases and the Administration continues to lose American lives and billions of dollars to prop up this government.
It has long been evident that the opposition of the public to this war and the outcry over corruption is meaningless. We appear to have no effect on policy even when it comes to the obscene delivery of millions of cash to Karzai. The public and American values be damned.