declare victory and go home already?
KABUL, Afghanistan — For more than a decade, wads of AmericanWhole New York Times article
dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic
shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the
offices of Afghanistan’s president — courtesy of the Central
All told, tens of millions of dollars have flowed from the
C.I.A. to the office of President Hamid Karzai,
according to current and former advisers to the Afghan leader.
"We called it 'ghost money,'" said Khalil Roman, who served as
Mr. Karzai's deputy chief of staff from 2002 until 2005. "It came
in secret, and it left in secret."
here. This passage should get your week off to a bad start:
"The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan," one American
official said, "was the United States."
The United States was not alone in delivering cash to the
president. Mr. Karzai acknowledged a few years ago that Iran
regularly gave bags of cash to one of his top aides.