Afghan corruption, and how the U.S. facilitates it
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Washington Post
Posted: December 4th, 2012
When it comes to corruption in Afghanistan, the time may be now for the United States to look in the mirror and see what lessons can be learned from contracting out parts of that war. On Sept. 30, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told CBSs 60 Minutes that the corruption wracking his government and its people has been at a level not ever before seen in Afghanistan. In the 1980s, when the Soviets ran the country, the government was not even 5 percent as corrupt, Karzai said. The Soviets didnt give contracts to the relatives, brothers and the kin of the influential and high ups, he said. The Americans did, and they continue to do, but we get blamed for it. The record shows Karzai has a point with which others agree. It is time that we as Americans in government, in the media, and as analysts and academics took a hard look at the causes of corruption in Afghanistan. The fact is that we are at least as much to blame for what has happened as the Afghans, and we have been grindingly slow to either admit our efforts or correct them. That was written in September 2010 by Anthony H. Cordesman ... in a Center for Strategic and International Studies report, "How America Corrupted Afghanistan." He particularly criticized the military contracting process, saying, The bulk of the money actually spent inside Afghanistan went through poorly supervised military contracts and through aid projects where the emphasis was speed, projected starts, and measuring progress in terms of spending rather than results. U.S. and foreign contractors poured money into a limited number of Afghan powerbrokers who set up companies that were corrupt and did not perform."
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