Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Afghanistan corruption beat goes on

By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network

Apparently the demands of the United States that the Karzai administration stamp out corruption in Afghanistan is being ignored by Karzai himself.

The Washington Post is reporting that President Hamid Karzai ordered the early release of a close aide who is at the center of a major corruption investigation.

The aide, Mohammad Zia Salehi, was originally charged with soliciting a bribe. But the Post reports that the investigation has since broadened into a probe of Salehi's allegedly providing luxury cars to Karzai supporters. And even more damning - that he has been in contact with the Taliban.

All this is doing little to raise confidence among U.S. officials that Kabul is serious about confronting corruption.

It also does little to engender the support of a public that's increasingly confused about what the mission really is. There's been virtually no public reporting of any movement on the get Osama bin Laden front. Combine this with reports of increased honor killings in Taliban-controlled areas and the recent killings of 10 medical volunteers and Afghanistan appears even more of a quagmire than before.

U.S. Navy photo: Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O’Donald/Released

Gary Baumgarten
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