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(Yahoo)   "It came in secret and it left in secret." In suitcases, backpacks, and Wal-Mart bags   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 36
    More: Asinine, CIA, Afghans, plastic shopping bags, centralized government, exit strategy, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, polices  
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2013-04-29 11:28:46 AM  
Will we ever learn?

Doesn't seem so.
 
2013-04-29 11:34:06 AM  

JusticeandIndependence: Will we ever learn?


Echoed in my head while reading TFA.  See you have it covered nicely.
 
2013-04-29 11:44:33 AM  
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Y'all can prove nothin
 
2013-04-29 11:51:50 AM  
We've got no money for meals on wheels for the elderly or the head start program for kids, but plenty of money for Taliban warlords. Interesting.
 
2013-04-29 12:04:10 PM  
I thought it came in on shrink wrapped pallets.
 
2013-04-29 12:41:04 PM  
I could really use a few million. How do I go about getting invaded by the US? If the army needs something to shoot at I have really annoying neighbors...

Cheers

//I swear I'm not affiliated with any mouse-like countries.
 
2013-04-29 12:43:20 PM  
I think we need to dock the CIA a fair bit. We give them far too much autonomy to pull stupid shiat like this and we end up paying for it in the long run.

Hey CIA, if you are reading this, this is the sort of thing that I am talking about.
 
2013-04-29 12:44:35 PM  
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Another floater in the bowl courtesy of St. Reagan and the GOP of the last 35 years (or so)

/AKA: My entire life
 
2013-04-29 12:47:07 PM  
The CIA really struggled for a while after the end of the Cold War. We no longer had a major enemy, so their importance and prestige dwindled significantly.

Then 9/11 happened, and they've enjoyed a rebirth of importance and the boon of the Patriot Act making their jobs easier than ever before. Combined with precisely zero accountability, they've been free to do whatever they wanted.

It's not at all surprising that bribery was a major part of it, since that's pretty much the main way all foreign nations gain influence in third-world hellholes like Afghanistan.
 
2013-04-29 12:50:27 PM  
It is usually much less expensive to get the leaders of a country to support US policy by bribing them than with military power, and if the leaders can't be bribed then the money can be used to install leaders who can.
 
2013-04-29 01:00:48 PM  
correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't the "Three O'clock High" strategy of "paying a shiat load of money to our enemies so they would leave us alone
" part of the brilliant "Surge" in Iraq too?
 
2013-04-29 01:06:35 PM  
 But there can't be universal medical care for everyone, because soschulism..
There always seems to be money for third world creeps and military toys that even the military
doesn't want.
 
2013-04-29 01:07:30 PM  

rtaylor92: correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't the "Three O'clock High" strategy of "paying a shiat load of money to our enemies so they would leave us alone
" part of the brilliant "Surge" in Iraq too?



newsimg.bbc.co.uk
You and me. Bike rack. Three O'clock.


/If only
//Always thought if we made the World Leaders duke it out themselves, war would be much less frequent
///Of course then, Putin would be King Emperor Bear Punching Inseminator In Chief, so maybe not such a good idea
 
2013-04-29 01:08:03 PM  
I'm sure all those kids losing their Healthy Start money will understand.
 
2013-04-29 01:15:16 PM  
This is just a distraction from Benghazi.
 
2013-04-29 01:15:36 PM  
Yeah, sure. But there's always all those other things that the CIA got right.

Oh, wait...

Well, rats.
 
2013-04-29 01:28:53 PM  
Gee, no one could have foreseen that. central idiotic agency.
 
2013-04-29 01:33:40 PM  

Brian_of_Nazareth: I could really use a few million. How do I go about getting invaded by the US? If the army needs something to shoot at I have really annoying neighbors...

Cheers

//I swear I'm not affiliated with any mouse-like countries.


1) Have access to a lot of oil.
 
2013-04-29 01:41:24 PM  
"The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan", one American official said, "was the United States."

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2013-04-29 01:43:34 PM  
Reminds me of my visit to subby's mom's house.
 
2013-04-29 02:10:10 PM  

JusticeandIndependence: Will we ever learn?

Doesn't seem so.


Sure, in Iran we'll use those canvas bags instead of the plastic ones. Better for the environment.
 
2013-04-29 02:16:38 PM  
It came in secret,
In countless amounts
It left in plastic
As numbered accounts.
And we learned fast
To steal and lie
Our arms were heavy
But our profits were high...
 
2013-04-29 02:19:36 PM  
FARK the CIA, Kennedy should have dismantled and jailed your corrupt criminal treasonous asses.
 
2013-04-29 02:31:03 PM  
Naw, I'm sure the problem is that our taxes go to the welfare queens.
 
2013-04-29 02:57:12 PM  
FTA: The so-called "ghost money" was meant to buy influence for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) but instead fuelled corruption and empowered warlords, undermining Washington's exit strategy from Afghanistan, the newspaper quoted U.S. officials as saying.

I guess Afghani citizens have a different defimtion of "corruption" than Reuters editors. Money is an excellent weapon to convert potential enemies into allies, but I bet there is a tipping point where it goes from strategic assets to plain old corruption.
 
2013-04-29 03:09:38 PM  
Is this surprising at all? The first thing Karzai did on his first name in office was to allow the oil piepline to be built across Afghanistan that the oil companies were clamoring for for years, but were denied by the Taliban
 
2013-04-29 03:27:59 PM  

Walker: We've got no money for meals on wheels for the elderly or the head start program for kids, but plenty of money for Taliban warlords. Interesting.


this won't bleed us dry like it did the soviets but it sure doesn't help. fark the afghans. sure there are good afghans. if you find them maybe we can relocate them here while the rest of that god forsaken POS rots.

or you could take that money and give it to NGOs that provide health care (to the clean shaven only), or build girls schools, or better water supplies or pretty much anything that helps the actual people. not kazai or the warlords.
 
2013-04-29 03:32:29 PM  
Our schools are crumbling, our elderly are literally going hungry because Meals on Wheels is out of money, and yet this terrorist sack of sh*t is given tribute.

l.yimg.com

Where are the yowling mobs of teabaggers when you really need them?
 
2013-04-29 03:46:54 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Our schools are crumbling, our elderly are literally going hungry because Meals on Wheels is out of money, and yet this terrorist sack of sh*t is given tribute.



Where are the yowling mobs of teabaggers when you really need them?


What have you got against Ben Kingsley?
 
2013-04-29 04:04:55 PM  
Why do I get the feeling Obama wont do anything to stop this?

/hope-n-change my ass
 
2013-04-29 06:26:01 PM  

Arkanaut: Reminds me of my visit to subby's mom's house.


Be fair, now - who among us hasn't come in a suitcase, a backpack or a Wal-Mart bag?
 
2013-04-29 06:37:07 PM  

Brian_of_Nazareth: How do I go about getting invaded by the US?


i2.squidoocdn.com

i48.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-29 11:29:25 PM  
so, who do we vote for to make sure that this doesn't happen any more?

"None of the above," you say?
 
2013-04-29 11:30:11 PM  

Lawyers With Nukes: Why do I get the feeling Obama wont do anything to stop this?

/hope-n-change my ass


Yawn.
 
2013-04-29 11:49:49 PM  

Lawyers With Nukes: Why do I get the feeling Obama wont do anything to stop this?

/hope-n-change my ass


Yes. He's the President (until 2014) Why doesn't he just walk in to the modern CIA and force the idea down their throats? I'm sure he's swinging a big stick in the covert action community...unlike that Wimp, George Bush Sr., amirite?


/just asking questions
 
2013-04-30 03:20:35 AM  
A small price to pay to ensure a continuous supply of good Afghan heroin,
not unlike Panama's Noriega keeping the coke rolling in until he wanted a bigger cut!
 
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