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  •  I really and truly have no idea (8+ / 0-)

    what we are trying to accomplsh in Afghanistan. And I guess I come under the label of "unserious" for wanting to shore up American infrastructure, and make life better for American citizens here at home. But of course the Serious People would rather make Afghans' lives miserable "over there" so that Americans' lives can be miserable "over here".

    Wait, whaaa?

    On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. --Barack Obama

    by Jennifer Clare on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 02:35:06 PM PDT

    •  You mean this whole thing (4+ / 0-)

      is looking bizzaro?

      Hey, why don't we bail out their bank, since Karzai and his friends have taken out billions of our dollars in suitcases?

      Why would they EVER want us to leave?

      A few give much, a few give all, and most Americans give....NOTHING! ~~~ Support our troops - Bring them home

      by Hound Dog on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 02:41:31 PM PDT

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      •  At least the rich Afghans are benefiting... (3+ / 0-)

        ...courtesy of the US tax money they used to buy villas in Dubai.

        Brigadier General Mohammed Asif Jabarkhel...head of customs police (at Kabul International Airport)...grumbles..."Of course I know what's going on here,"But, in this country, who's allowed to speak the truth?"

        ...(he) is referring to the huge amounts of money regularly being secreted out of Afghanistan by plane in boxes and suitcases. According to some estimates, since 2007, at least $3 billion (€2.4 billion) in cash has left the country in this way.

        ...Since invading Afghanistan in 2001, the United States alone has invested almost $300 billion in military and reconstruction efforts there. But far less progress has been made  than what was either hoped for or expected. One major reason for this could be the fact that a significant portion of the millions meant for reconstructive efforts continue to be siphoned off. The people benefiting are often those who enjoy extremely close business ties with the donor countries...

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