Tag Archives: Foreign Aid

Afghan Welfare Cheats Give Finger to American Taxpayers

Now if a recipient of public assistance in this country ends up with an extra $ 10 in her check or food stamp allotment, he or she would be hounded by agents of the Government until the money was fully reimbursed. But the BILLIONS distributed to our allies in Afghanistan have been siphoned off into thousands of un-authorized hands, including many millions to the Taliban, and all the U.S. Government does is to ask the Afghan tinpots to pretty pretty please try to be more careful with American taxpayer dollars.

The Inspector General has examined our special relationship with Afghanistan to determine just where OUR money has gone. The findings were so bad that despite promises of transparency, the Government has sought to suppress the report. Nevertheless, it was released and we’ve found out that the Afghans use American dollars to buy things at 20x the market rate. They also pay off  the Taliban for protection on many purchases and neglect to account for expenses or salaries. Not one of the 16 Afghan ministries (departments) receiving U.S. aid has been able to property disburse and account for money spent.

What will the Government do with this information? It will ask, not demand, just ask, that the Afghan Government try to do better. Don’t you think that the welfare Mom with an extra ten-spot would be open to being asked instead of squeezed?

The Government is more concerned that our Afghani puppet Hamid Karzai will require a humongous new bribe so that he will permit U.S. troops to continue to die for him after 2014. Karzai has been holding our for more walking around cash (the last infusion pretty much went up his nose) before he officially agrees to extend his invitation to American troops.

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Can Americans Get Some of That Juicy Aid?

If it’s good enough for Afghans,
why not for Americans????

In an article in the Financial Times reporting on the $16 billion in international aid pledged to Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, that Afghanistan’s security“cannot only bemeasured by the absence of war”but also by “whether people have jobs and economic opportunity, whether they believe their government is serving their needs, whether political reconciliation proceeds and succeeds”.

Half of Aid to Somalia Lost to Crooks

The following excerpt is from the New York Times (March 9, 2010), the complete article is available in that newspaper or its website —

As much as half the food aid sent to Somalia is diverted from needy people to a web of corrupt contractors, radical Islamist militants and local United Nations staff, according to a new Security Council report.

The report, which has not yet been made public but was shown to The New York Times, outlines a host of problems so grave that it recommends Secretary General Ban Ki-moon open an independent investigation into the World Food Program there. It suggests that the program rebuild the food distribution system — which serves at least 2.5 million people — from scratch to break what it describes as a corrupt cartel of Somali distributors.

In addition to the diversion of food aid, regional Somali authorities are collaborating with pirates who hijack ships along the lawless coast, the report says, and Somali government ministers have auctioned off diplomatic visas for trips to Europe to the highest bidder, some of whom may have been pirates or insurgents.