“They do give us bags of money — yes, yes, it is done,” - Hamid Karzai
So, Hamid Karzai got tired of the drones killing people, and the US ignoring the complaints. He issued a policy where all foreign mercenary groups were to leave Afghanistan by the end of the year. Immediately, the backlash came from private groups who use mercenary companies for protection while they do their "humanitarian projects." Karzai responded, give me a list of the projects and who is doing them, and we'll review on a case by case basis. It was not good enough.
The State Dept purposely leaked that Karzai has been taking bags of cash from Iran. It was meant to humiliate and embarrass him in retaliation. At a news conference this morning, Mr Karzai was back to his old, tempermental self, and ultimately stalked off. Or was that he stalked off at the meeting with General Petraeus and State Dept officials?
“The money dealing with the private security companies starts in the hallways of the U.S. government. Then they send the money for killing here.” - Hamid KarzaiMost rulers of any other non-Western country sees no problem with accepting gifts and cash, like paying tribute to their greatness. When Paul Bremer was the czar of Iraq, he had a billion dollars in cash sent over there from the US, to spread the good word. When asked later by Congress what happened to it, he said that he couldn't remember and that none of his office kept track of where it went. The State Dept just got done giving two billion to the Pakistani intelligence in an effort to convince them into being more aggressive in finding and killing the targets we ask them to... We constantly alternate between bribery or threatening to get what we want in the world. Our own Congress uses bribery as the lubricant to get legislation done, although lately the Republicans have just used threats and character assassination to wheedle themselves back at the public trough...
Could we consider the outrageous amounts of money spent on political ads as a form of bribery? It's certainly offensive. The latest conservative talking point to be used against your Democratic opponent, is that they are trying to steal the election, or that they are trying to buy the election. Its a form of smoke and mirrors meant to deflect those exact sentiments that have been expressed about themselves. I took these headlines from TPM:
GOP Lawyers And Norm Coleman: George Soros Wants To Buy Election
Angle Campaign To Base: Reid Wants To Steal The Election!
GOP Lawyers Group Warns Of 'Epidemic' Of Voter Fraud
I am not in favor of Carly Fiorino as a candidate, but being hospitalized from complications relating to her masectomy and reconstruction from breast cancer is not the way to have to drop out of the race. Let her lose fair and square. But here's hoping that your health is strong and that you will recover enough to finish your campaign, and I end this post with a prayer to you...