- The Washington Times - Friday, August 13, 2010


Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has promised to reduce corruption in his country (“Eric Holder in Kabul to discuss corruption,” Web, News, June 30), was furious when one of his top aides was arrested by American-supported anti-graft units for soliciting bribes.

Mr. Karzai heavily criticized such units, and is it any wonder? The Karzai regime, from top down, is rife with corruption. Mr. Karzai himself likely was guilty of a tainted presidential election, and his brother was reported to be a major drug dealer. So it seems he is all talk and no action.

If the United States is so suspicious of large-scale corruption in Afghanistan that it set up such anti-graft units, why does it continue to provide billions of dollars to this country? Why doesn’t it just pull the financial plug?


Huntington Beach, Calif.

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