“The biggest cause of corruption in afghanistan was the u.s”

Opium in Afghanistan. Image: davric/free

For more than 10 years, the CIA pumped "Ghost Money" in plastic tubes and suitcases to the Karzai government

With money, secret services and militar you can buy everything and steer the world history into the right tracks. This was the amption of the Bush administration when it launched the Global War on Terror (GWOT) after 9/11 and invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. With military superiority, it was easy to overthrow Taliban rule and Hussein’s dictatorship. But already at the beginning of the war, the warlords’ favor was bought in order to use them against the Taliban. Then the hope is that the liberated people will follow their liberators, establish a U.S.-oriented democracy and open the door to profits for U.S. corporations and their allies.

In order to win over the people additionally, rough smear campaigns were organized in Afghanistan and Iraq with many billions of taxpayers’ money. Intelligence agencies and the military apparently distributed the cash flown in from the U.S., which largely disappeared – into the pockets of the distributors and into corrupt machinations (where did the billions from the development fund controlled by the U.S. administration flow to??). A report in the New York Times confirms that this black money was one of the reasons why little happened economically in Iraq and Afghanistan and why the reconstruction of the country often took the form of Potemkin villages (Iraq: The Reconstruction Botch).

However, the amounts involved remain undisclosed. The CIA is said to have delivered many millions of US dollars, hidden in suitcases or plastic bags, to the government around Afghan President Karzai, who was established by the USA and has so far been cut off. Every month came a delivery. The CIA’s role has long been known, of course (The Karzai Government and the CIA’s Payroll) Khalil Roman, Karzai’s chief of staff from 2002 to 2005, told the NYT that this money had been seen as "Ghost Money". It came into the country on secret ways you disappeared also secretly in any pockets. The CIA wanted to buy influence in Afghan politics, but anonymous U.S. government officials say that it strengthened corruption and the warlords. "The grossest source of corruption in Afghanistan has been the US", an informant is quoted as saying. Yet U.S. governments and the governments of the Isaf forces have always accused only the Karzai government of corruption, and for years have demanded it with taxpayer money entrusted to the dubious hands of the intelligence services. They do not have to account for it, which is quite legal," he was quoted as saying. In 2010, Karzai admitted to receiving money from Iran as well, which seemed to reinforce the payments from the CIA. Intelligence continues to pay as Iranian money dries up again after Karzai agrees strategic partnership with U.S. government.



Whether Karzai himself has received money is not known. According to Afghan informants, the Afghan National Security Council is said to have distributed it, the bulk to politicians, but also to powerful warlords who were connected to the drug trade and partly also to the Taliban. Abdul Rashid Dostum alone, an old CIA hand, is said to bring in 100 million dollars a month.000 dollars received. So while criminal networks were being fought, at least officially, on the one hand, the CIA was pumping money into them on the other. After all, secret services – see also the V-Manner problem – need corruption to obtain information or influence, which makes them part of the corrupt system themselves.

The success of military intervention and bribery can also be seen in the fact that opium cultivation continues to grow, as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recently reported. There is now as much opium being grown in the country as there was in 2008 before the Taliban, who fought the drug trade then, but now also finance themselves through it. Although corruption in Afghanistan is said to have fallen slightly overall, the cost of corruption continues to rise. At least half of Afghans are said to have bribed civil servants in 2012; corruption is widely accepted among the population, says UNODC, for example to top up meager wages.

It is not known how much of the billions invested in reconstruction, and especially in building up the police and military, disappeared into dark channels. The Isaf states are not looking too closely either, after all, they want to free themselves from Afghanistan primarily through money.