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Karzai Admits to Taking Cash From Iran

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Posted on Oct 25, 2010
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks at the White House during a visit in September 2006.

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s administration had been secretly accepting millions of dollars in cash from the Iranian government. Sketchy! And on Monday, Karzai owned up to his part in the clandestine funding program at a news conference, taking a swipe at the West while he was at it.  —KA

The New York Times:

“They do give us bags of money — yes, yes, it is done,” Mr. Karzai said. “We are grateful to the Iranians for this.”

“Patriotism has a price,” he said.

Mr. Karzai discounted the importance of the Iranian payments, saying it was a well-known practice that he had even disclosed to President Bush. Mr. Karzai said the Iranian money was used for “special expenses and helping people.” He did not offer more specifics.

[...] At the news conference, Mr. Karzai lashed out at The Times and the United States military, implying that American officials had leaked information about Iran because of disagreements over the private security companies.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

The question is: Who WON’T Karzai take money from?

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By gerard, October 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm Link to this comment

Don’t let this little pip-squeak lead us into a crazy “bomb-bomb-Iran” scenario!

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By ardee, October 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment

I wonder how much more proof we will need that our govt does not work for the people, that neither political party is worthy of ones vote?

Before some democratic loyalist notes that Obama has withdrawn from Iraq allow me to squelch that lie. Fifty thousand of our troops remain and who knows how many mercenaries paid for with our tax dollars. That is not withdrawal, that is a fraud upon the American people.

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By gerard, October 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

Just like here—“the money is used for special expenses and for helping people.”

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By faith, October 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment

“A well known practice…”

We are fools to allow the United States government to continue to wage wars in
the middle east.  The only benefit is to the defense contractors.  Not to americans. 
Not to our youth.  Not to the world.  We should demand the recall of Washington
politicians and replace them with anti war enthusiasts.

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