The Associated Press reports that the Afghan government isn’t being cooperative while a watch dog agency is trying to track where the billions of dollars they get from the US gets to;
The U.S. and other nations have long expressed concern about the amount of cash being flown out of the country – an estimated $4.5 billion last year, according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service. Afghanistan has a cash-based economy and moving large bundles of cash is common, yet it raises the risk of money laundering and cash smuggling to finance terrorist, narcotics and other illicit activities.
Personally, I’d check Karzai’s 401K. That’s why he’s not particularly worried about his own future, nor that of his country. He doesn’t plan on being there much more after the last US soldier leaves.
To help Afghanistan track the cash moving through the airport, the U.S. purchased $117,275 worth of bulk currency counting equipment. Though the contract to install them was awarded in July 2010, they were not put in until April 2011, the report said.
SIGAR staff made follow-up visits to the airport in September and November but never saw the cash counters being used. Moreover, the report said VIPs – some carrying cash – continue to bypass controls.
While they were plugged in and appeared to be in working order, they were not connected to the Internet or a computer server.
Is it any wonder that Karzai demanded that the US respect Afghanistan’s sovereignty the other day? Folks in Afghanistan should cease flights out of the country and cash shipments into the country until the Karzai government starts explaining some of this.