Get it While You Can: Afghanistan (Iraq and Pakistan also) Corruption of U.S. Aid Monies
One of the biggest reasons the U.S. can’t leave Afghanistan is that we spend so much money there, without our presence, there will be no money circulating to anyone. The upper-class, connected people (and warlords lead this group) will not allow the U.S. to leave. The U.S. is holding up the Karazi Government with Billions of U.S. Dollars.
Over $40 Billion in U.S. Aid Dollars spent on non-military projects in Afghanistan since 2003. Over $10 Billion to be spent this year. Where does the money go? In this Al Jazzera video, the Inspector General of the U.S. says that when the U.S. sends one dollar to Afghanistan, by the time it gets used in a project it is 20 to 30 cents, the rest disappears into people’s pockets. If you live in the U.S., see what the War(s) cost your state and local governments at costofwar.com Most U.S. states are in deep trouble, cutting essential services to support the War(s). Pass this to your friends. Want services, End the War(s).
ASSESSMENT OF CORRUPTION IN AFGHANISTAN a study prepared for the United States Agency for International Development is here for your reading. The following is a short excerpt outlining the overall problem:
The Dimensions, Causes and Impact of Corruption in Afghanistan
The domestic and international consensus is that corruption has become pervasive, entrenched, systemic and by all accounts now unprecedented in scale and reach. This view is apparent in the country’s declining (worsening) ranking in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index. Afghanistan fell from a ranking of 117th out of 159 countries covered in 2005, to 172nd of 180 countries in 2007, and finally to 176th out of 180 countries in 2008 – the fifth most corrupt country in the world.
Seven years after the fall of the Taliban government, corruption has become more than the standard issue bribery, nepotism, and extortion in government. Corruption has become a system, through networks of corrupt practices and people that reach across the whole of government to subvert governance. Particularly perniciously, these networks ensure that the guilty are not brought to justice; often the officials and agencies that are supposed to be part of the solution to corruption are instead a critical part of the corruption syndrome. Over and over, interview and survey respondents noted the failure of the Afghan National Police (ANP), Attorney General’s Office (AGO), and court system to detect, prosecute, judge, and punish corruption at any level. Read the full report here.
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War causes death and serious injuries. The United States troops hurt or dead is over 70,000. WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH? End the War(s) NOW.
Read the story here: Last Week: US Iraq Casualties Rise to 72,548 From Voters For Peace By Michael Munk
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Stop the Assassination Drones:. Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: No More Drone Assasination attacks, and don’t attack Quetta. End the War(s) NOW.
Call President Obama ALL WEEK LONG. Let’s keep his White House lines busy: Take Action Now ! ! Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: “You made the wrong decision. I do not support you on this. I feel betrayed.” Say NO to Escalation in Afghanistan. Sign the petition here. No funds from Congress for the troop escalation. Tell them now.
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