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 The U.S has repeatedly made a "drug war exception" in its foreign policy towards brutal regimes. Perhaps the worst example of this "drug war exception" policy occurred just four months before 9/11 when the Bush Administration sent 43 Million dollars to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The Bush Administration sent the 43 Million dollars to reward the Taliban Government for it's declaring that opium growing is against the will of God.

The Bush administration gave this money to the Taliban with the full knowledge that Osama Bin Laden was in Afghanistan operating his Al Qaeda terror network. To make matters worse Bin Laden had already launched the 1998 attacks on our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania which left 225 people dead and injured more than 4,000. If that wasn't bad enough Bin Laden had also ordered the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole which left 17 sailors dead along with another 39 injured. Had Bush forgotten that President Clinton had bombed Bin Ladens terrorist camps in Afghanistan in retaliation for these attacks ? The Bush administration also conveniently ignored the fact that the Taliban brutally oppressed the female population of Afghanistan. The Taliban also tortured and executed it's opponents and required religious minorities to wear clothing that marked them as non Muslims which was similar to what the NAZI's had done to the Jews , Gypsies, and Gays.

In the end it turned out that the Taliban had fooled the Bush administration because instead of banning Opium in reality the Taliban had actually increased the production of opium. But what else should we expect from the Bush Administration except more ignorance and more lies.            

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Originally posted to redstatehatemonitor on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 06:57 PM PDT.

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  •  I remember (9+ / 0-)

    I was part of a small band of activists writing people telling them not to do business with the Taliban because of the way they repressed women.  No one would listen...

  •  And now ... (2+ / 0-)
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    zbctj52, redstatehatemonitor

    they want to pay 50 million to get their prodigal son back home again.

  •  Maybe Now someone will investigate.... (6+ / 0-)

    who was REALLY behind the attacks on 9-11.

  •  BREAKING !! (1+ / 0-)
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    redstatehatemonitor

    Herbert W Bush - (that would be the first one)

    To give 75 million dollars (some of it in old musty cash) to ANYONE
    (that means Democrats too)  that can manage to talk any sense into sonnyboy.

    That's right folks !! 75 biggie ones ... have at it.

  •  Scary stuff. (1+ / 0-)
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    redstatehatemonitor

    Typical of our foreign policy, though--Reagan supported Saddam and Rumsfeld met Saddam because he was useful to us as a tool of the moment.

    It's politics, which apparently means that whatever is good for the folks in power today, we'll do, the future be damned.

    The inevitable flawed result of that sort of thinking is just what we have here--a never ending cycle of violence and corruption.

    War is just a racket...It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. -- General Smedley Butler, USMC

    by mmcole on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 06:58:11 PM PDT

  •  Recommend this! (0+ / 0-)

    This is not well known. Expose the hypocrisy.

    Dang, this could have elevated Kerry to the White House if his campaign made it a big deal back then.

    •  Hypocrisy? Business as usual... (3+ / 0-)
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      mickT, Calisher, DvCM

      Let's just see:  We supported the Shah in Iran.  Gave him piles of cash and weapons, including the F-14s that comprise most of the Iranian Air Force today.  We also sold weapons to Iran in order to generate cash to give to the Nicaraguan Contras.  Are these weapons part of what Bushco claims Iran is using against us?

      When the Shah fell, we gave Iraq piles of cash and weapons to fight Iran, which had turned against us.  Iraq used our military training and weapons to fight against our own army. We then helped prosecute Iraqi officials we once supported for using some of these weapons against their own people.

      And yes, we funded and supplied the Taliban in their fight against the Russian occupation, only to supplant the Russians as occupiers and see our brave soldiers once again savaged by weapons that we provided.

      Will we ever learn?  Will American ever comprehend how they are played for fools in the international arms trade and foreign policy?  Stay tuned for the trhilling conclusion...

      It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds - Samuel Adams

      by Red no more on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 07:34:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  And some of my recent reading (1+ / 0-)
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        OHdog

        (the Mamdani book I've talked about in a couple of other threads) asserts that the CIA was hip-deep in the Afghan opium trade, just like the cocaine trade in Latin America, and heroin in SE Asia, all to fund black bag projects.  Scary, scary stuff.  

        Some things never change.

        "Fighting Fascism is Always Cool." -- Amsterdam Weekly, volume three, issue 18

        by Noor B on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 09:29:43 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  The nicest comment on Bush that I can think of (5+ / 0-)
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    zbctj52, Ekaterin, Noor B, jgilhousen, jhritz

    is what Greg Allman said

    Bush, he should have kept his ball team(Texas Rangers Baseball) and stayed out of politics. We all would've been better off."

    Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band

  •  good diary! (2+ / 0-)
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    88kathy, redstatehatemonitor

    I remember this. I didn't know bush paid off the taliban because soon after that was the crisis with the hostage female religious workers. They must have shut off all info about that  aid to the taliban after that happened.  The RW fundies were up in arms about that and wouldn't have liked  bush giving money to the taliban.

    Just a bit of constructive criticism though.  You shouldn't use so much bold in your diary. It makes it tough to read and makes the bold kinda useless for emphasis. Good diary otherwise.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 07:07:14 PM PDT

  •  I thought that money... (1+ / 0-)
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    moneysmith

    ...was to get the taliban to agree to build a natural gas pipeline through afghanastan.

    You know the whole "we can carpet you with gold or carpet you with bombs" proposal before 9/11.

    P.S. I wonder if that pipeline was ever built post invasion.

    •  Actually, the way I remember that is, (0+ / 0-)

      this was the threat used on Musharraf right after 9/11 to force Pakistan's cooperation.

      "Fighting Fascism is Always Cool." -- Amsterdam Weekly, volume three, issue 18

      by Noor B on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 09:31:51 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  nope. (0+ / 0-)

        At least not that I can see.  If I google "carpet of gold carpet of bombs" I only get references to US negotiations with the taliban.

      •  It was done just befor 911 by a Bushie! (0+ / 0-)

        And this is in the 911 commission report, but you have to look into the footnotes to find it.
        A Bush administration appointee threatened the Taliban with this when they refused to allow the pipeline.
        Even though it was illegal to do business with the taliban at that time.

        I think that is why the plans for the highjackings went ahead when they did, even though they did not have enough people for the other planes in the plan.

    •  deal fell through (0+ / 0-)

      I think the pipeline deal got put on indefinite hold because of the security situation post-invasion. It was Unocal competing against an Argentine oil company for the rights to build the pipeline if my memory is not totally shot.

      It's not too hard to see why stories like this trigger the CT meme in some people's heads. I think it's more justified to look at it as an example of what Peter Dale Scott calls "deep politics"-- basically a politics not based on issues or votes or political philosophies, but on personal interactions among those in power, money transactions or their equivalents (arms, drugs, oil, etc.) between paymasters and mercenaries, and shifting alliances and adversarial relationships among people whose only loyalty is to money and getting/keeping themselves in power. If you look at so much of what goes on in the world, it bears the stamp of the personal contacts made between people like Bush and Bandar, Bin Laden and Brzezinski (in the famous photo), Rumsfeld and Saddam (in the even more famous photo), etc. The constant background level of criminality, violence and conniving is in some ways more depressing than the grand conspiracy ideas, given that there is no one group of Ten Evil Men that you can arrest to make things right.

  •  Was that before or after they blew the head off (1+ / 0-)
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    moneysmith

    BUDDHA...

    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's ruling Taliban have blown the head off one of the ancient Bamiyan Buddha statues, a Pakistan-based Afghan news service reported on Friday.

    The purist Islamic group used a ``large explosive'' on Thursday to destroy the ``top quarter'' of the taller of the statues, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) said.

    ``Informed sources told AIP that the Taliban again started the demolition of the statues on Thursday and by using a large explosive destroyed the upper part of the 53-meter statue.

    ``The sources said that efforts were being made today (Friday) to destroy the remaining part of the tallest statue.''

    The Taliban had vowed to destroy the statues, carved almost 2,000 years ago, sparking international condemnation, but witnesses said the campaign had been put on hold for Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha, which ended on Thursday.

    AIP said the lower portion of the statue had been destroyed ''previously'' and only the middle section remained. It did not elaborate.

    The two Buddhas in the central province of Bamiyan tower 53 meters (175 feet) and 38 meters (120 feet) and were hewn out of sandstone cliffs almost 2,000 years ago.

    A picture of the taller statue taken in 1997 shows the face already erased, chipped away over the centuries by Islamic rulers. Islam arrived in the country in the ninth century, ending centuries of Buddhist rule.

    Opposition officials said the Taliban resumed destruction of the Buddhas on Thursday.

    ``They are using tanks, artillery, shells and also explosive devices for knocking them down completely,'' Mohammad Ashraf Nadeem, a spokesman for the opposition led by commander Ahmad Shah Masood, told Reuters.

    ``The Taliban have allowed residents to watch the event as well.''

    AIP said there was no immediate comment from the Taliban, who are under intense international pressure to spare Afghanistan's best-known archaeological treasures.

    Despite the international outcry, Taliban leaders have insisted that the policy of demolishing all statues -- considered un-Islamic -- will not be reversed.

  •  Timeline (5+ / 0-)
    1. Bush pays Taliban forty three million dollars
    1. Taliban attacks United States on 9/11
    1. Bush uses attack as excuse to create dictatorship
    1. Bush takes out Saddam Hussein, enemy of the Taliban.

    Still think 9/11 wasn't an inside job?

    Bush and the BinLadens are business partners.

    We got sold.

  •  At least somebody gets it. (2+ / 0-)
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    JuliaAnn, moneysmith

    Colbalt speaks the truth.

  •  Great diary! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    redstatehatemonitor

    The Republican party ... where Truth goes to die.

    by moneysmith on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 08:58:17 PM PDT

  •  And the Taliban gave it to Osama er Tim Osman... (0+ / 0-)

    right here in Sherman Oaks???

  •  I'm sure ... (0+ / 0-)

    this will get rec'd any minute ... maybe ... it's possible ... it could happen :)

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