The CIA faced some embarrassment when it was revealed that the intelligence agency had been giving Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai bags of cash for favorable treatment. This revelation was embarrassing for a number of reasons. First, it confirmed reports that Hamid Karzai was running a corrupt government with facilitation by agents of the U.S. government. Second, it is pretty tragic for America to have to bribe the man it installed as president, whose life it protects on a daily basis. You might think this exposure of corrupt practices would lead to a cooling off of the previously secret nefarious activity – not so.
|By: DSWright Monday May 6, 2013 11:35 am|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 28, 2011 8:45 am|
Since I doubt NATO wants to send rebel forces in piecemeal to what is assured to be the meat grinder of Tripoli, they are going to want take enough time to train a large rebel army. Even assuming they can find enough volunteers, turning tens of thousands of regular people into an effective army takes months, if not years.
|By: Jim White Thursday March 31, 2011 9:35 am|
Remarkably, the US is sending “clandestine” CIA teams into Libya to coordinate bombing runs and to provide contact with the rebels there at the same time that courts in Pakistan are still sorting out how Raymond Davis was allowed to leave the country after his blood money payment despite having been placed on the Exit Control List. Also, Washington is gearing up for a “debate” on drawing down US troops from Afghanistan this summer, with the military now angling to narrow the options to include only insignificant numbers to be withdrawn. Meanwhile, despite the best efforts of the remaining “non-combat” US troops there, violence in Iraq continues, with 56 killed in a single attack Wednesday.
|By: David Dayen Monday January 18, 2010 6:30 pm|
I saw a few comments that today’s Taliban assault on Kabul had people asking, “What’s Pashto for Tet?”