U.S. Has Provided $360 Million To Taliban To Fight U.S.

Granted, Afghanistan is very corrupt, and $360 million that flowed to criminals and the Taliban is a mere one percent out of the total reconstruction contracts reviewed. Also, consider this a marked improvement from our 1980s policy of giving billions of dollars to Afghanistan’s jihadist forces on purpose. Via Washington Post:

After examining hundreds of combat support and reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan, the U.S military estimates $360 million in U.S. tax dollars has ended up in the hands of people the American-led coalition has spent nearly a decade battling: the Taliban, criminals, and power brokers with ties to both. The losses underscore the challenges the U.S. and its international partners face in overcoming corruption in Afghanistan.

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  • Nunzio X

    Give me 1% of that and I’ll open an experimental school that’ll change the world.

    Or use the 1% to send 50 kids through medical school. Or, whatever.

    Nah. Taliban—-they need the entire 100%. Never mind. What the fuck was I thinking?

  • Nunzio X

    Give me 1% of that and I’ll open an experimental school that’ll change the world.

    Or use the 1% to send 50 kids through medical school. Or, whatever.

    Nah. Taliban—-they need the entire 100%. Never mind. What the fuck was I thinking?

  • DeepCough

    Can you say “Diplomacy Fail?”

  • DeepCough

    Can you say “Diplomacy Fail?”

  • Anonymous

    We also dedicated Rambo III to them.  Never forget.

  • Reasor

    We also dedicated Rambo III to them.  Never forget.

  • http://twitter.com/yukon_cornelius Richard M.

    Hopefully this isn’t a scoffing for why “state of Washington’s floating bridge” is trivial.  It’s a major transportation infrastructure project to replace 1 of 2 bridges that cross the lake splitting Seattle down the middle, and is FAR cheaper than building a traditional bridge to span 2 miles of water.  Makes more sense to build bridges between metropolitan urban cities than to uninhabited islands (like Alaska).

  • Yukon Cornelius

    Hopefully this isn’t a scoffing for why “state of Washington’s floating bridge” is trivial.  It’s a major transportation infrastructure project to replace 1 of 2 bridges that cross the lake splitting Seattle down the middle, and is FAR cheaper than building a traditional bridge to span 2 miles of water.  Makes more sense to build bridges between metropolitan urban cities than to uninhabited islands (like Alaska).

  • WakingUp

    Does not surprise me at all. Our leaders are sending billions maybe even trillions to foreign governments, corporations, and organizations each year. No one we have voted for gives a shit about America, Americans, or American jobs. Our country is not ours anymore, by ours I mean “The People.” We are just “consumers” waiting to get the next gadget, watch the next TV show, or participate in the newest fad. We are just marketing shares for a company or statistics on piece of paper. 

    The day before 9/11 the pentagon lost 2.3 trillion dollars. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if we found out that money was used to fund the entire terror operation. We fund the terrorist, and we fund the wars to fight them. Throughout our history we have funded both sides of a conflict. 

    And the only way to stop all this crap is by voting for Ron Paul.      

  • WakingUp

    Does not surprise me at all. Our leaders are sending billions maybe even trillions to foreign governments, corporations, and organizations each year. No one we have voted for gives a shit about America, Americans, or American jobs. Our country is not ours anymore, by ours I mean “The People.” We are just “consumers” waiting to get the next gadget, watch the next TV show, or participate in the newest fad. We are just marketing shares for a company or statistics on piece of paper. 

    The day before 9/11 the pentagon lost 2.3 trillion dollars. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if we found out that money was used to fund the entire terror operation. We fund the terrorist, and we fund the wars to fight them. Throughout our history we have funded both sides of a conflict. 

    And the only way to stop all this crap is by voting for Ron Paul.      

    • DeepCough

      Ron Paul alone is not nearly enough to solve even problem of U.S. foreign affairs.

    • ICE

      Dont forget the fact that they are all aliens…

      • CosmicAmazing

        I knew it! 

    • Nunzio X

      Afraid not.

      Whoever is elected will be nothing more than president of the Titanic, standing in the bridge with the engines stuck at full throttle, the rudder non-responsive, steaming full speed ahead toward the icebergs.

      Under those circumstances, it doesn’t really matter who he is or what he believes in. His beliefs won’t shut the engines down or correct the course already set.

    • BearCharles

      No, Ron Paul can’t stop it all. But if we get him into office he can start to wake people up. An informed and educated society is the only thing that’s going to put a stop to “all this crap.”

    • E.B. Wolf

      If Ron Paul had any chance at stopping this he would have gone to his final reward years ago.

    • SF2K01

      The way to stop it is by not giving money to nations that you’re also waging war with. Seriously, that shit policy is at fault. And Ron Paul will use the money to turn you christian.

  • DeepCough

    Ron Paul alone is not nearly enough to solve even problem of U.S. foreign affairs.

  • ICE

    Dont forget the fact that they are all aliens…

  • CosmicAmazing

    I knew it! 

  • Nunzio X

    Afraid not.

    Whoever is elected will be nothing more than president of the Titanic, standing in the bridge with the engines stuck at full throttle, the rudder non-responsive, steaming full speed ahead toward the icebergs.

    Under those circumstances, it doesn’t really matter who he is or what he believes in. His beliefs won’t shut the engines down or correct the course already set.

  • Hadrian999

    just wait til the govt turns all the frozen Libya assets over to al qaeda and they own Libya’s oil revenue, 360 million will be chicken feed

  • Hadrian999

    just wait til the govt turns all the frozen Libya assets over to al qaeda and they own Libya’s oil revenue, 360 million will be chicken feed

  • Hadrian999

    just wait til the govt turns all the frozen Libya assets over to al qaeda and they own Libya’s oil revenue, 360 million will be chicken feed

    • E.B. Wolf

      I thought Total and BP already called shotgun on that deal.

      • Hadrian999

        the ruling elite always get a payoff

        • E.B. Wolf

          Good point. I guess even a tiny slice of that pie is still a big pile of loot.

  • BuzzCoastin

    How else could the Taliban get the funds to fight the US? 

    The Homeland has spent over $1 trillion “fighting” the Taliban; how could the Taliban compete with that kind of spending? However, I do think the $360 Million figure is probably a low-ball number; it’s probably closer to several billion. 

    You can’t have a war without an enemy and the enemy needs Homeland money to be an enemy.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    How else could the Taliban get the funds to fight the US? 

    The Homeland has spent over $1 trillion “fighting” the Taliban; how could the Taliban compete with that kind of spending? However, I do think the $360 Million figure is probably a low-ball number; it’s probably closer to several billion. 

    You can’t have a war without an enemy and the enemy needs Homeland money to be an enemy.

  • BearCharles

    No, Ron Paul can’t stop it all. But if we get him into office he can start to wake people up. An informed and educated society is the only thing that’s going to put a stop to “all this crap.”

  • Ironaddict06

    There is a possible solution to the problems in Afghanistan.  The people don’t want to go to war against the U.S., and they don’t supporate the Towel-E-Ban.  They want to find a mate, have children, and make money just like “ordinary” people. “Government in a Box’ was doomed from the start.  You have to create a society.  If the U.S. would provide a road to prosperity, The People would hate the Tailban just as much you do.  The afghanistan people are simple minded.  That does not mean they are stupid, they just have not been exposed to a formal education.  These people do know how to farm and manufacture clothing.  You have the potential to form a society around these.  The U.S. has to have an open mind about changing their policy with Afghanistan.

  • Ironaddict06

    There is a possible solution to the problems in Afghanistan.  The people don’t want to go to war against the U.S., and they don’t supporate the Towel-E-Ban.  They want to find a mate, have children, and make money just like “ordinary” people. “Government in a Box’ was doomed from the start.  You have to create a society.  If the U.S. would provide a road to prosperity, The People would hate the Tailban just as much you do.  The afghanistan people are simple minded.  That does not mean they are stupid, they just have not been exposed to a formal education.  These people do know how to farm and manufacture clothing.  You have the potential to form a society around these.  The U.S. has to have an open mind about changing their policy with Afghanistan.

  • E.B. Wolf

    If Ron Paul had any chance stopping this he would have gone to his final reward years ago.

  • E.B. Wolf

    I thought Total and BP already called shotgun on that deal.

  • Hadrian999

    the ruling elite always get a payoff

  • Anonymous

    The way to stop it is by not giving money to nations that you’re also waging war with. Seriously, that shit policy is at fault. And Ron Paul will use the money to turn you christian.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Good point. I guess even a tiny slice of that pie is still a big pile of loot.