The US Army funds the Taliban

It is beneath the Sheikh to spend his blogging time continually commenting on particular news stories, but this story is too much of a corker to miss and so far at least is being underreported.

The US Army pays the Taliban tens of millions of dollars a year. Knowingly. And has been doing so for years.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/13/us-trucks-security-taliban

Throughout the Afghan war the allies have constantly taken short cuts and taken the easy option in the short term, thus destroying any chance of long term ‘success’, whatever that would have looked like – the possibility is now obscured by entire cloudbanks of stupidity and exists only in some alternate universe where the people who run wars aren’t complete twats.

Time to leave Afghanistan. If it achieves nothing else our exit will at least cut some of the Taliban’s funding.

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