CIA paid millions of dollars to Afghan President Karzai

  • Article by: MATTHEW ROSENBERG , New York Times
  • Updated: April 28, 2013 - 9:20 PM

‘‘Ghost money’’ payments were made to influence Karzai.

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harrisstevenApr. 28, 13 9:56 PM

We never learn. Anyone who would accept these "gifts" is corrupt, and no people's of the world deserve these people as their leaders

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basia2186Apr. 28, 1311:40 PM

Anyone who would give these bribes are crooks and fools. Isolationism is the answer. Let's get out of the mid-east NOW! Let them sort it out. Not one more American life, not another dime!

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Willy53Apr. 29, 13 5:23 AM

harrissteven, anyone who gives these bribes is more corrupt than the recipient. You've got it backwards. In both Afghanistan and Iraq it was the lazy policy of the Bush Administration to send boat loads of cash to both countries for buying off the local leaders. This did little to secure the countries or even further the interests of the United States but it did help fill up our illegal detention centers with innocent nationals who were simply turned in for cash. Our entire involvement in these two nations is shameful and has given all radical elements in that region justification and reason to demonize the US. The conduct of both these invasions has been one story after another of failed occupation policies that are poorly coordinated, morally corrupt with poor oversight and virtually no progress toward building nations that are democratically viable. In short, despite trillions of dollars, these invasions have done little to improve the security of the United States, in fact have reduced it.

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randyjkApr. 29, 13 5:24 AM

Companies are expected to adhere to FCPA but evidently the government is exempt.

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r.u.4realApr. 29, 13 5:59 AM

Saddam, Noriega, the Shah, khadafi, the Marcos. all people we gave money to. what else do these people have in common? still want that money Karzai there is a heavy price to pay for it soon. ask the others. then lets ask ourselves?

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Steve SteveApr. 29, 13 6:35 AM

Perhaps the President and Congress should start with these payments when looking for budget cuts. A much better option than reducing Social Security benefits. Why wasn't this part of the sequester?

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nomedsApr. 29, 13 7:55 AM

Cut Gov't spending, cut Gov't spending, Cut Gov't spending. Come on, chime in. When it comes to paying for unnecessary tanks and throwing our money to foreigners, the Repubs become very silent.

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justaxnspendApr. 29, 13 8:35 AM

Now everyone, you know better...it's not real money, it's tax payer's money!

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