Background Briefing: August 31, 2021
We Can’t Blame the Afghans for Corruption We Brought With Our Conquest
We begin with President Biden’s vigorous defense of his withdrawal from Afghanistan and discuss the tendency among our politicians and press to blame the Afghans for the rampant corruption in their country when U.S. contractors profited from this corruption, siphoning off the lion’s share of the $2.3 trillion without taking moral responsibility for occupying and controlling Afghanistan. Joining us is Zack Kopplin, an investigator for the Government Accountability Project and a columnist with The Guardian where he has an article “Afghanistan collapsed because corruption had hollowed out the state.” We show how the elites in government and the military on both sides profited from corruption with the example of SOSi, a military contractor in partnership with the brother of Afghanistan’s president working through the Pentagon’s Task Force for Stability and Business Operations using connections to General David Petraeus, got into the business of mining chromite, a valuable additive used in stainless steel.
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