On March 6, 2013, the Afghan judicial system tried and convicted twenty one Afghans charged with committing the largest single bank fraud in history, a scheme that involved stealing nearly $1 billion. Not only was this the greatest bank heist of all time, it caused the Afghan people’s faith and confidence in their government to plummet at the precise moment it was needed the most to counter a raging Taliban insurgency.
Unfortunately, greed and corruption got in the way.
The Kabul Bank Scandal laid bare the corrupt inner workings of the Karzai government for all to see and foretold the outcome of a fatally flawed war effort hamstrung by greed, corruption, personal ambition, Machiavellian politics, and drugs.
Our involvement in Afghanistan illustrates how the War on Drugs and the War on Corruption have collided with the War on Terrorism. Narcotic trafficking, the Taliban insurgency, and Afghan government corruption often intersect, and U.S. counter narcotic, counter corruption and counter terrorism policies often conflict. These conflicts contributed significantly to the failure of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan.
Incontrovertible evidence that the Taliban had perfected the model on the way Islamic terrorist groups could form partnerships with criminal drug trafficking organizations to fund their insurgency operations.
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These recent news articles are further examples corroborating the central theme of this book in exposing the failure of U.S. Afghan corruption-narco-terrorism policy.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Colombian media Monday that the Obama administration is ready to consider removing the FARC, the world’s wealthiest non-jihadist terror group, from the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations, allowing American banks and businesses to deal with the Marxist narco-terror organization.
In the decade I lived and worked in Afghanistan, from 2002 through 2011, I listened almost daily to people’s frustration at their government’s corrupt and demeaning behavior, and U.S. officials’ refusal to curb it.
Since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the area under opium cultivation in the country has increased 23 fold to an area nearly ten times the size of Washington, D.C., while production of the illicit drug has skyrocketed 18-fold, from 185 metric tons to 3,300.