August 1, 2013
The next time Obama and the federal government tell you about the noble cause of our brave soldiers fighting on the side of freedom and democracy in Afghanistan, remember this: you’re not only paying for military action against terrorists (under the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists passed by Congress), but you’re also doling out money to the terrorists, viz al-Qaeda and the Taliban.U.S. funding Taliban.
Earlier this week, John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, complained about it. “I am deeply troubled that the U.S. military can pursue, attack, and even kill terrorists and their supporters, but that some in the U.S. government believe we cannot prevent these same people from receiving a government contract,” Sopko said in a letter accompanying a quarterly report to Congress.
“There appears to be a growing gap between the policy objectives of Washington and the reality of achieving them in Afghanistan, especially when the government must hire and oversee contractors to perform its mission,” Sopko added.
If we look at the history of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, we realize this “gap” is nothing of the sort. The phony war on terror is designed to go on indefinitely, or at least for a few generations, as Dick Cheney proclaimed back in 2004.
In March, the installed manager of occupied Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, voiced his frustration over the United States collaborating with the Taliban. Back in the day, when the equally phony Cold War was winding down, Ronald Reagan equated the Taliban with America’s founding fathers.
“These (Taliban) gentlemen are the moral equivalents of America’s Founding Fathers,” said the former actor said in 1985 as he introduced Mujahideen leaders on the White House lawn.
In 2011, a “year-long military-led investigation… concluded that U.S. taxpayer money has been indirectly funneled to the Taliban under a $2.16 billion transportation contract that the United States has funded in part to promote Afghan businesses,” the Washington Post reported.
“Senior Bush Administration officials had displayed a complete lack of interest in the Afghan opium problem ever since 9/11,” James Risen writes in State of War. “In fact, the White House and Pentagon went out of their way to avoid taking on the Afghan drug lords from the very outset of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.”
In addition, the corrupt Karzai family teamed up with the CIA to work the opium fields while U.S. soldiers protected opium cultivation, a fact underscored by a Fox News segment:
In addition to the CIA and the Pentagon providing sophisticated armaments to the Taliban during the engineered war against the Soviets in Afghanistan – shoulder-fired Stinger antiaircraft missiles, delayed timing devices for tons of C-4 plastic explosives, wire-guided anti-tank missiles, extensive satellite reconnaissance data of Soviet targets, military intelligence, and a “ceaseless stream” of arms (see Phil Gasper, Afghanistan, the CIA, bin Laden, and the Taliban) – the group later known as al-Qaeda recruited, with the assistance of the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI, tens of thousands of “Afghan-Arab” fighters. Many of them would eventually end up in Guantánamo or on the receiving end of drone delivered Hellfire missiles.
This forbidden history is never mentioned by the corporate media when it “reports” on the “war on terror” and the tenacious presence of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, perennial enemies that will go on fighting (with U.S. taxpayer largess) for the indeterminable future.
The Pentagon, however, will get its chance to sidetrack John Sopko’s damning report. “The Pentagon is scheduled to deliver its own Afghanistan status report to Congress today. Its appraisal, which is months late, will outline progress from October 2012 through March and concerns that deal with handing over security operations to the Afghan military,” reports Bloomberg.