After more than a decade in Afghanistan, there are still lingering problems in our effort to root out terrorists and establish a stable, honest government. Rampant corruption in the Karzai regime, dealing with fickle war lords and trying too hard to make nice with the Afghans continue to frustrate the U.S.
One of the most maddening developments in the past 11 years has been the U.S. essentially subsidizing the activity of those trying to kill us.
In his new book “Funding the Enemy: How U.S. Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban,” reporter Doug Wissing explains how our policy has been flawed from the beginning and how recent efforts to correct it have been largely unsuccessful.
“The Taliban and the Afghan government are sort of like the Mafia, everybody gets their cut … the military-industrial complex they’re all making money … it’s the perfect war, everybody makes money,” Wissing recounts being told by a contractor.
He also addresses the question of whether the Afghan culture is too corrupt to avoid some of our huge financial commitment ending up in the wrong hands.