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  •  Yes. The only control Obama has over the Afghans (1+ / 0-)
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    is purchasing their favor. Graft and corruption are the rule, not the exception there.

    With Bags of Cash, C.I.A. Seeks Influence in Afghanistan

    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.”
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     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.

    “The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan,” one American official said, “was the United States.”
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    I wonder if the US can afford to pay +$75 billion/year on Afghanistan for the next decade or more? The one good aspect is that it should put a crimp on other military "humanitarian" interventions around the world.

    It'll be interesting to see who will get the lucrative contracts for resource extraction in the coming years.

    As America fills coffins, China fills coffers.

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