Funding Corruption and Waste in Afghanistan

by Rep. Ron Paul
Published: Jul. 13, 2010 – Antiwar.com

Last week, GOP chairman Michael Steele came under fire for daring to say what a lot of Americans already know – that our involvement in Afghanistan is an ill-advised quagmire with no end in sight. After nearly 10 years and approaching $1 trillion spent, the conflict is going nowhere because there is nowhere for it to go. After all, if victory is never really defined, defeat is inevitable.

With our economy at home in serious trouble, this wasteful occupation is something we clearly cannot afford. Each soldier costs us $1 million per year, and yet most in Washington are only considering how many more soldiers to send. Fuel costs an astonishing $400 per gallon for our military in Afghanistan! Yet somehow, many politicians feel it is acceptable to squeeze this money out of our taxpayers, who are truly struggling economically, to fund this non-war. Our economy here is not showing any real signs of improvement. Official unemployment is pushing 10 percent and getting worse. (Real unemployment is over 20 percent, according to the free-market economists.) The growing debt and inflation used to fund this occupation only dooms us to more economic hardship for a long time to come. And for what?

Where the money for Afghanistan comes from is one problem; where it goes is another. Recently, it has come to light that much of the aid money we send to Afghanistan is lost due to corruption. Billions of tax dollars from hardworking Americans are ending up lining the pockets of corrupt Afghan officials, and likely even filtering into the Taliban we are ostensibly fighting. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that curiously enough, billions more than the Afghan government collects in revenue is leaving the country in the form of cash on huge pallets and in suitcases and mostly ending up in Dubai, as well-connected Afghan officials buy up luxury homes and enrich their personal offshore bank accounts. Investigations into corruption and graft have been blocked by the Karzai government, probably because Karzai’s own brother would have to be implicated. It is encouraging that the foreign aid appropriations subcommittee has attempted to block billions in aid as a response to these allegations, but this is likely temporary and may not even succeed.

The point is that sending aid money to Afghanistan is not making poor people over there better off. It is making poor people here worse off. Corruption is endemic to Afghanistan, with graft comprising about one fourth of their economy! Even though it is considered the second most corrupt nation in the world according to Transparency International, we still send the Afghan government billions of dollars in aid and are shocked to find it is not making its way out of the sticky fingers of the officials entrusted with it.

Robbing citizens here to fund corruption over there is not helping average citizens anywhere. We are sacrificing real economic opportunities at home for the opportunity to line corrupt pockets in Afghanistan. Not only that, but American soldiers are being killed and maimed. It is tragic and frustrating how much we have lost and wasted already. It is time to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans to sort out. I am glad more Americans are finally willing to face this reality.

Source: http://original.antiwar.com/paul/2010/07/12/funding-corruption-and-waste-in-afghanistan/

 

Read more by Ron Paul:

It’s Time to Leave Afghanistan

Be Prepared for the Worst

Saving Face and Losing Lives

Who Wants More War?


2 Comments on “Funding Corruption and Waste in Afghanistan”

  1. Dwight Baker says:

    GOD wrote His cosmic plan and play
    WE His people pick our part!
    By Dwight Baker
    July 11, 2010
    Dbaker007@stx.rr.com

    The following was written for a life long friend confused by many political and religious signals that were just wrong.

    I had been beset knowing my friend leaned far to the right and was content with us killing innocent victims all over the world. Yet in her stated belief she was a good Christian waiting on the rapture to carry her away from all the horrors. The conflicts of people trying to live those lies are just horrid.

    The word pictures following are big tall and broad-brush strokes I felt that were needed to try and convey the truth in simplest form.

    In response to this story FUNDING CORRUPTION! How many words does it take to say WAKE UP FELLOW AMERICANS, STAND UP! SHOUT OUT IN ONE VOICE! STOP ALL THE WARS BRING OUR TROOPS HOME TO APPEASE OUR GOD BEFORE HE TAKES US ALL OUT!

    Essay Begins

    The best of mankind motives and lofty ideas are nothing without GOD being the author of such. All actions by mankind without the knowledge and leadership of GOD are simply works of the flesh, the animal instincts of man. Therefore when Abraham and Sarah were chosen of GOD to bring forth His chosen people a new act in Gods play was up for others to choose a part.

    The same is true when Jesus Christ was born, lived, died on the cross, rose again, became the first of many second Adams [then handed over the keys of His Kingdom to His bride His church meaning [movement] now Jews and Gentiles alike must choose the part they want to play].

    But again all of mankind independent human instinct motives lofty ideas; concepts of deity are nothing without the one true and living GOD being the author of such. And for many that are where the rubs comes in for sometimes the hook they must swallow first is study. Yes GOD does call and zap some with the light we know that for it has been recorded as such, but GOD is GOD and we are not and He picks whom HE wishes to call and zap.

    Yet in HIS ways found recorded by Moses the rules of an organized society living within the rules of our GOD teaching of all was paramount and to be trusted in and done. And in all of that was GOD ways for His creation mankind to step up and gain a likeness for divinity to be practiced in all ways and thus become a SON / DAUGHTER of the Living Creative Genius God.

    Therefore many of those calling themselves Christians today have not that deep appreciation for all the kinds of divinity of God to be practiced in all ways in our day-to-day lives. And the main reasons for such problems has been the dispensationalist in their attempts to bring all matters of GOD into their simple Simon thinking that has been pagan [without the knowledge of GOD and his Cosmic plan and play].

    Thus for years during the growth of America denominational churches grew in great numbers. Every kind of strange doctrine came along and tenets of that faith particular to each congregation were displayed and were to be taught and adhered to by the members. Many of those denominational doctrines were that the OLD TESTAMENT WAS DONE AWAY WITH and had been REPLACED BY THE NEW TESTAMENT. That being the central key in keeping and preaching the ideas of the dispensationalist, who were wrong from the very start and remain wrong today, for they in total have no idea who GOD is and what HE demands from His called out Sheep.

    And because of that most folks that have a zeal to know who GOD is starts a migration from one church to another trying to find those cores of thought to bring them closer to our God His plan for man and parts in His cosmic play that is up for our individual choosing.

    Those denominations preaching born again new birth etc. talking in tongues etc recorded as actions done in the early church are one in the same with the dispensationalist. I know of NOT ONE of the Roman type top down organized churches today that have even the slightest hint of what to do for the people except provide a meeting place hard driving or orphic music dance and all the rest of the fleshly needs and then extract offerings that are held for operational cost. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orpheus

    The bigger the ministry the bigger the money mill. In Florida there has been the worst of the worst hang up their church signs and entrap the rich to give and give and give regardless of how mundane or out of step the minister or huckster gets with the rest of the congregation. When that becomes an issue the folks there are in a CULT. And with the semi- and rich retired run to Florida to hang their hats many ministers go there to reap in the money. I could name many but I refuse to watch their crap any longer, much like the hum drum mindless crap that comes out of Washington DC.

    I am not a bigot; I am an engineer practical pragmatic that works all angles in being cynical. I do not believe anything that goes against my knowledge of GOD. I do not have time or the patience to tear down temples built to the ideas of the elite deitest and there are many.

    I hold most elected officials in derision for their actions and words done against us as a people. The roles they have decided to play are against my GOD and I am right there with HIM to disapprove.

    Thus, Paul in Romans 11–12-13-14 presents a very good study that we must endure and learn for there we will finally see our connections to the Vine Our God plan and play for man being Jewish all the way, God has not changed His mind nor has He any more prophetic things for those today to see only then go about writing books making arguments simply to make money.

    Therefore to understand what God wants His people to do today read the 613 Laws of God presented by Moses. Now the pure and perfect sacrifice for our sins has been done, by the Acts of Jesus. So forget about reading all the actions needed to get a cure for the sickness of sin and guilt. But please do not miss all the positive laws or regulations how we should deal with each other in our each communed Israel settings all in tune with our God as His children.

    The study is refreshing and delightful in that God knows all about us and what each of us needs along the path of life to be a vital part of His community. The disparity that we try to live in daily is one foot serving the flesh and the other trying to serve the Lord. That is where and when men and women go mad. We must choose who we are going to serve and that is just the way God wrote His plan for man and Play. Now some will not beckon to the call to study for they have seem to reached the heights of all heights and have made agreements with others that all have arrived.

    Finally belief is not the cure— good words and works for others in day-to-day living is proof we have arrived and we are in the Kingdom of God doing His perfect will. Yes it is a quest to learn how we should be like God first made His Chosen man Jewish in all ways.

  2. Annie Ladysmith says:

    Whoever has a stake in Afghanland has a stake in the very lucritive heroine trade. As we all know the huge capital from opium is used for the CIA payroll and the hired mercenaries that demand cash payment and not government checks or bonds. No tracing cash. This drug is just too valuable, and the labor so cheap, to give up to eradication by the so-called ‘Taliban”.

    It is a big cash cow to the CIA, the US military are there to guard the crops. Wake up! This is a turf war to control 90% or more of the worlds most lucrative drug, it is like investing in gold.

    Unlike gold, it can become relatively cheap by legalizing it on a global scale. This will never happen, there is too much at stake. It is just the phoniest war excuse ever.


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