Our Afghanistan Strategy: Sh*tloads of Cash
move along, nothing to see here
And there was someone out there who somehow didn't believe this is what was happening? I'm confused by this (via the Post):
Military-led probe cites "credible evidence" that U.S. taxpayer money has been indirectly funneled to the Taliban under a $2.16 billion transportation contract that the United States has funded in part to promote Afghan businesses.
The unreleased investigation provides definitive evidence that corruption puts U.S. transportation money into enemy hands, a finding consistent with previous inquiries carried out by Congress, other federal agencies and the military. Yet U.S. and Afghan efforts to address the problem have been slow and ineffective, and all eight of the trucking firms involved in the work remain on U.S. payroll. In March, the Pentagon extended the contract for six months.
Think about this one, from a strictly national security perspective: If we're putting cash (FRNs, bitch) into Afghanistan (and trust me, we are, like trying to build a $1 million TV studio to live-stream updates from the frontlines to CNN - genius!), who supplies us that cash? An independent, third party called the Federal Reserve.
And if you dare go looking deeper at the "bails of $100s" being pumped out of this independent third party, you could get fired, shunned and/or otherwise targeted. Or just stalked obsessively.
Or put on some sort of master "watch" spreadsheet. All the same.
I think it is important to define "waste" in the context of Reuters saying "U.S. wastes $34 billion in Afghan and Iraq contracting," that all depends on what you consider waste. In my mind, the U.S. dollar is to the Fed as fluoride is to fertilizer companies; it is their waste byproduct, the monetary pollution we try to pawn off as "beneficial." That's why we need everyone else to buy it (the more we can get rid of, the better) and why Congressional rats are scrambling to get authorization for another couple trillion in "byproduct" so they can, somehow, promise other economies that at some point they'll stop dumping their toxic dollars on their these other economies' shores.
Maybe it's anti-American of me to expose this really simple scam but I'm one of those nutjobs who believes the sooner we get this massive kink worked out, the better off we will be.