$150 Million Used to Subsize Taliban Through Corporate Favors
January 4, 2014
Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been a disaster for America. The world is still a very dangerous place. Our allies are less close, our enemies have been emboldened, and our spending choices overseas have ended up working against our national interests.
The Muslim Brotherhood was given money and military equipment including F-16s by the Obama Administration, and they were just thrown out of power and labeled a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government.
The current administration has also supported the allies of al-Qaeda in the Syrian Civil War, even though the rebels and other Islamic extremists have been slaughtering Christians (a fact Obama refuses to admit).
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we are actually financing terrorism in Afghanistan through companies operating in the US that are linked to Taliban leaders who have planned attacks on Americans.
According to a Pentagon report prepared by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, there are 43 companies who have received funding from the US government and have been linked to terrorist activity in Afghanistan.
“It’s like the United States government subsidizing the Taliban, al Qaeda, the Haqqani network, those groups that are trying to shoot and kill our soldiers,” New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen stated.
The Haqqani network is responsible for the 2011 attack on the American embassy in Kabul that left 16 dead. The Haqqani Network, rather than receiving money directly from the U.S., receives its money from a road construction company owned by the Haqqani Network that received a government contract from the U.S. However, this is merely one such example of the U.S. funding terrorism; in all, the Pentagon report lists 43 private companies that receive government money and fund terrorism.
Because of the layers of bureaucracy in dealing with government contractors, the companies’ contracts have yet to be pulled. The Special Inspector who prepared the report noted how absurd the situation is, according to TPNN:
“The reason they’ve given us is that it’s not fair to these contractors that the evidence that we’ve presented, and this is evidence collected by the United States government, is classified,” said Special Inspector General John Sopko. “That’s the absurdity of it. We can probably attack them via drone on Monday and we’ll issue them a contract on Tuesday,” Sopko continued.
The Army has, however, released a statement saying that they will not be issuing new contracts to the companies. The statement also stopped short of indicating that they will be taking any steps to remove the contracts. “The army takes seriously any allegations of improper contractor activities and has vigorous processes to ensure that those with whom we do business are not supporting the insurgency or otherwise opposing U.S. and collation forces in Afghanistan,” the statement said.
It’s bad enough that we’re indirectly funding the Taliban, but the fact that the bureaucratic red tape is preventing the government from pulling the contracts from these companies is just infuriating. We obviously have the intelligence resources to find out that companies receiving government contracts are linked to foreign terrorist networks, but we’re not utilizing them. It’s time for Obama to get his overseas spending priorities in line with the national interest.
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