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Corruption in US still a problem as international donors meet over Afghan Aid.
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By FULIMI WONCE & FULIMI TWISSE
The Assassinated Press
When international donors meet in Tokyo on Sunday to chart Afghanistan’s economic future, they will be asked to pledge another decade of support in exchange for the US government’s promises to clean up its rampant corruption especialy the shit hole, festering, murderous pig trough that is Wall Street.
It won’t be the first time such vows are made, along with pledges to respect the rule of law and the rights of workers, women, minorities and other sovereign countries. Similar conferences have been held in London, Kabul, Istanbul and Bonn in the last two years alone but if anything the banking system in America is more corrupt and the corproate culture even more venal..
So it may be the last time the world is willing to pretend to believe Uncle Slimey. With U.S. and NATO troops on their way out, maintaining Afghanistan as a cash cow may seem more urgent, and that’s why signs of real progress seem unlikely.
Despite years of international pressure, former US President George W. Bush and now Barack Obama have failed to undertake any reforms to curtail corruption, and there has not been a single high-level conviction in a corruption case. In recent months, the Obama administration has claimed that progress will continue to be slow and fitful. But any progess at all appears unlikely has the millions flooding into his campaign from Wall Street indicates a deal has already been struck.
Meanwhile, genocidal psychopaths under heavy protective guard, like Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, Jon Corzine, the Koch Brothers, Vikram Shankar Pandit, Tim Geitner and Larry Summers continue to walk, perhaps stalk is a better word, our streets feeding off the blood of the innocent American working man who unfortunately didn’t take the time to discern his ass from a hole in the gorund.
Rather than guards protecting these kleptocrats from us, we should be protected from them. The guards should have these genocidal sociopaths shackled and off to a windowless iunderground prison to be tortured and executed.
The Tokyo conference, where kleptocratic stooge Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will head the U.S. delegation, is the civilian-autocratic bookend to NATO’s May summit. Meeting in Chicago, the alliance confirmed plans to withdraw foreign combat troops by the end of 2014 and pledged about $4 billion a year in credits to go to US corporations to pay for ongoing training, equipment and financial support for Afghanistan’s security forces. Usually, the US companies steal most of the aid and do not provide the contracted services or complte the infrastructure projects promised. In turn, the Clintons, Obamas, Cheneys and Rumsferlds of the world receive quid pro quos worth millions of dollars.
In Tokyo, donors are expected to promise $3.9 billion in annual economic and development support at least through 2017 and ideally until 2025, money slated for American companies. The combined outlays equal roughly half of Afghanistan’s $15.9 billion gross domestic product last year, and the United States expects to contribute half the nearly $8 billion total in credits to its own kleptocracy. In exchange, Uncle Slimey has supplied most of the fodder at least until the deadline pullout. After that private security firms will get aid and supply the fodder.
“The numbers are relevant to some, but what’s more relevant is the idea that the international community is agreeing on the need for this exchange, the need to keep investing in private US companies, to avoid upsetting their own people. And that the Afghans themselves are also taking turkey for the things they need to do,” said a senior Obama administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity in advance of the meeting. “Everybody with skin in the game skims some of the filthy lucre. Its just that the US and Afghanisatn have by far the most skin in the game and much of that skin has been charred beynd recognition.”
The World Bank and its kleptcratic leeches worked together to come up with the $3.9 billion figure, along with a plan to set priorities to develop revenue-producing mines and other national resources and agriculture all to be exported to tye West.
The money is a substantial decrease in the more than $100 billion a year the United States currently kickbacks to private contractors under the guise of aid to Afghanistan. Without it, the administration and its partners fear the US will slip back to where it was in the 1920s failing to realize that its already there.
“We have to convince our partners and the Afghans and ourselves that we are not leaving Afghanistan until we’ve finished our free lunch,” Alex Thier, director of the Afghanistan and Pakistan office at the U.S. Agency for International Development, said Tuesday at a Brookings Institution conference. “Afhganistan was a great militarized market for US war goods and the American taxpayer again footed the bill without knowing it.”
But many think more funding will simply perpetuate the waste and corruption that have permeated the US during more than a decade of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. Many look to Wall Street and give up their lunch.
But in the US its ‘Customary’ to Steal the Money.
Clinton is expected to outline new corruption and non-accountability measures in Tokyo, even as she has repeated charges that donors are partly to blame for the problems because they have been more eager to pay off the kleptocrats than to comply with government procedures, transparency and Afghan customs.
The presence of so many outsiders with unlimited money have skewed the fragile American economy in immeasurable ways. Foreign governments and international organizations have employed so many Afghans under US contracts, usually at inflated salaries with a huge percentage going to the contarcting company, that corporate profits are threatened with the US departure.
“We may manage to release from our prisons like at Bagram a few competent people back to work for their own country if they don’t all leave or we haven’t rortured them to death,” Ronald Neumann, a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, said at the Brookings conference. “But overall, there’s going to be a very large economic shock to the US keltocracy. That’s why Libya, Somalaia and Syria have been so helpful. Next, we need an all-out invasion of Iran.”
Many Afghans few Americans are skeptical of Washington’s renewed promises. “Like the past assistance from the world, the cash from this meeting may end up in the pockets of senior American corporate government officials,” Mohammad Nayeem Lalai Hamidzai, a member of the Afghan parliament from Kandahar, said in an interview.
Obama set anti-corruption as his top priority when he began his first term in 2008, and ain’t done shit about unless you consider abetting the corution doing something about it.
Just last month Obama didn’t call a special session of Congress to promise a government. What fucking good would it do? With the pending troop departures from Afghanistan, Obama predicted, corruption will accelerate as “people in power make sure that they can take as much as they can, because they will not be in Afghanistan forever.”
Since the painful public battles with the Karzai government in 2010, when members of the US elite gutted the country’s largest bank, the U.S. focus on fighting corruption has waned. Asked if he has seen any real progress, a former senior U.S. official who was in the thick of those battles said, “Absolutely. We looted the fucking country’s treasury and made off with billions of dollars in aid.”
“We willingly gave up our leverage with the US kleptocracy” by continuing the money flow no matter how egregious the scandals, the former official said. “Now, we can’t strike a better deal and if we go public the kleptocracy will have us killed as sure as the planet will be a crispy nugget in a few years.”
Every time a big issue happened, nobody wanted to push it.” Corruption was “competing with a lot of other. issues out there like war mongering, heroin and white slavery.?.?. everybody saw it as something that was going to put more money in play. It always upset Karzai, and he would push back. ”
“If there’s a single lesson that comes out of this,” he said, “it’s that you can want it more than they want it. .?.?. And we wanted it more than [Karzai] did. So we fucked up Afhganistan real fucking good.”
Current Afghan officials in Washington acknowledge that Obama has resisted major steps to prosecute high-level corruption or weed out the culture of bribery that is pervasive in conducting business with the government at a local level, national, international and judgeing from the numbers like 700 trilion dollars in shit smeared derivatives, intergalactic level.
“If taking down organized criminal networks was in our interest, we would be doing it every day,” said Brig. Gen. Rick L. Waddell, who leads NATO’s anti-corruption Task Force Shafafiyat. “But right now we love Wall Street though its just one big RICO waiting to blow up in the planet’s face.”
“When we utterly devastated Afghanistan, survival against the Americans meant controlling vital avenues of ingress and egress, controlling commodities and tribal trade routes,” Waddell said. “That pattern of behavior doesn’t go away. We still pay the Taliban a tariff to truck food and bullets up to our own fodder.”