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Karzai's bags of cash a conundrum for the U.S.

Umar Daudzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's chief of staff, Umar Daudzai is accused of receiving "bags of money" from Iran. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai shrugged off accusations on Monday that his chief of staff, Umar Daudzai, received "bags of money" from Iran.

"Let's not make this an issue," he said at a news conference, using a Robert Frost-like analogy to explain the money transactions: Good bags of cash make good neighbors.

The New York Times reported that Daudzai received $1 million to $2 million every other month from the neighboring country of Iran and that the money was distributed to Afghan lawmakers, tribal elders and even Taliban commanders to secure their loyalty.

Bags of money seem to be floating around quite often in Afghanistan these days.They have been a huge thorn in the efforts to curb corruption in Kabul. The Post's Greg Miller wrote in September:

After nearly nine years of nation-building in Afghanistan, experts said, the U.S. government faces mounting evidence that it has helped to assemble one of the most corrupt governments in the world.

One of the biggest problems concerns the bags of cash. An estimated $1 billion a year leaves the country in bags carried out of the Kabul airport. Miller also wrote in August:

In April, officials encountered a courier for a financial transfer firm who reported that he was carrying $700,000 on a flight to Dubai, but when customs officials inspected the courier's luggage, they found an additional $600,000.

However, in his dismissal of the news, Karzai said cash transactions are quite normal and then-President George W. Bush was aware of the Iranian donations. The United States supposedly gives him bags of cash as well.

To complicate the story, the Iranian embassy in Kabul denies any cash payments, saying the allegations are "ridiculous and insulting."

By Melissa Bell  | October 25, 2010; 9:47 AM ET
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Karzai is just another U.S. puppet, and U.S. puppets know that they must become rich as soon as possible because they will need that money when they go into exile. That is why other previous U.S. puppets, like the late Ferdinald Markos
of Philippines, Shah Reza Pahlevi of Iran were rumored to have stashed away $ 25-35 billions!

Then, there is the CIA that gives out hundreds of $ billions a year in bribes around the world to grease pro-American politicians, journalists, newspaper editors, as well as military and intelligence officers of many countries for access of information and for cooperation in anti-terrorist military missions in countries like Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, etc. And that is why we lost the Vietnam war, and that is why we will lose the Afghan war too. We make friends with a corrupt elite class, we install and sustain them in power hoping that with military support and $ billions in bribes they will help us to control that territory, and then declare a war on the people who are not part of this hegemonic scheme! And to add insult to injury, our propaganda is that we are in Afghanistan to give the Afghans democracy! But Afghan villagers and elders have been repeatedly shown on Al Jazeera newscasts where they told reporters that "they haven't seen any money" the U.S. and Karzai claim to have passed to them." And the epitome of insult to the Muslim world was the award of a Nobel to Obama for supporting a pro-U.S. clique of thieves in Kabul that supposedly are elected "democrats," even though the widespread corruption is Afghanistan is the worst in the planet.

Unfortunately, out global hegemonic pursuits, and the hundreds of $ billions we are ready to spend for achieving our objectives, has caused the politicians of many poor countries to prostitute themselves for $ U.S. billions and weaponry, while others -like Karzai, his brother Walid, and other close associates to do so for enrichment. War is a game of riches for the U.S. Military and Industrial Complex barons, the thousands of military contractors with clout in Washington, and for Karzai who is our Machiavellian prince in Kabul! Nikos Retsos, retired professor

Posted by: Nikos_Retsos | October 25, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Iran did not do anything wrong in shoveling million dollar cash to Karzai. He has just followed the Western pattern of dividing and rule and throwing bones with little meat to feed the puppets. How, America or any European Country can object of Iran's relation with her neighbors? It is in her best interest to help both the illegitimate goons in Iraq and Afghanistan and controlled them using all means.

Posted by: citysoilverizonnet | October 25, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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