July 31, 2013

US Tax Dollars Funding al Qaeda & Taliban Supporters

This really sucks, but is it really any surprise? Doesn't the law of percentages kind of dictate that if you spread enough money around a sh*thole like Afghanistan, that you are bound to contract with al Qaeda and Taliban sympathizers?

Even if the number of al Qaeda/Taliban type supporters is on what I reckon to be the low end -- say, 20% -- then it follows that a whole lot of bad guys are going to end up on our payroll. It's expected.

The real problem here is that apparently we know about the bad guys receiving US contracts but we continue to pay them anyway. All in the name of "due process rights".

This is what happens when your government and military are run by lawyers:

Supporters of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan have been getting U.S. military contracts, and American officials are citing “due process rights” as a reason not to cancel the agreements, according to an independent agency monitoring spending.

The U.S. Army Suspension and Debarment Office has declined to act in 43 such cases, John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, said today in a letter accompanying a quarterly report to Congress.

The real essence of the report is that most of the billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan isn't getting at the "root problem" of that country's instability. Which is accountant speak for there's no amount of money that could be spent by us to to drag these people kicking and screaming into the 19th century.

No, I meant 19th century. Eh, who am I kidding: the 18th century would be an improvement for most of these people.

Thanks to Lou.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:43 PM | Comments |