Skip to comments.Assassinated half-brother of Karzai once ran Chicago restaurant
Posted on 07/12/2011 7:09:01 AM PDT by bgill
The half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai -- who was assassinated Tuesday -- used to run a restaurant in Lakeview and spoke fondly of his days in the North Side neighborhood... "His restaurant was a hub for Americans in the Midwest who had worked or lived in Afghanistan prior to the Soviet invasion, he said."
On his return to Afghanistan, Ahmed Wali Karzai became head of Kandahar's provincial council. Critics, including U.S. officials, said he was deeply involved in corruption, some of it stemming from Kandahar's flourishing drug trade.
In the secret diplomatic documents by WikiLeaks, American diplomats portrayed Karzai as a Mafia-like figure, entangled in a variety of illegal activities. Karzai consistently denied the allegations, and also hotly disputed reports of his involvement with the CIA.
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Wow. I ate in that restaurant once...
...the food wasn’t THAT bad.
"Officially" it costs the US $120 billion a year to finance our military presence in Afghanistan and all the other related functions to keep Karzai in power. Probably the figure is higher, much higher ...lots of CIA and other covert funds dont get reported........$150 billion is probably far too low. Think trillions.
Hamid Karzai was pulled out of obscurity some years ago, thought to be an Afghan hack who could be manipulated. Prodded by the duplicitous neocons with hidden agendas, the US government orchestrated Karzai into a world-recognized power. And ever since US taxpayers, and our military, have been paying the price.
Heck, the US taxpayer got to subsidize one of the three most corrupt governments on the face of the Earth. The Karzai's are stealing billions---and were actually seen shamelessly loading billions on trucks to transport out of their godforsaken country...so that they could enjoy life far, far away from that hellhole.
US taxpayers have enriched Hamid, and his corrupt brother, the rest of the crooked Karzai Klan and countless members of their extended family..........a nauseating assortment of cut throats, drug traffickers, embezzlers, money launderers, extortionists, thieves.....
One of the most successful scams is located at the Bank of Kabul where the definition of a loan for the well-connected is "all the money you can take with no intention of ever paying it back." So far, the known bank losses are something like a billion dollars PLUS......."withdrawn" from US money deposited there by the military, the CIA, the State Dept. and all the other US agencies that were duped into financing this colossal foreign policy failure.
Of course....the war-profiteering neocons got their cut. Neocon Richard Perle is starting an oil business in the Mideast. And if he ever dares sells even one barrel of oil, he should be charged with treason.
He didn’t make his “protection” payments to the mob.