The US government has become so blatantly shameless in its hypocrisy that people have largely stopped even noticing it, treating such behavior as the new normal. For example, who even bothers to comment anymore when the US warns other countries against ‘interfering’ in Iraq when it had actually invaded that country and maintained tens of thousands of troop there? The mindset is that the US essentially considered the whole world its territory.
But sometimes the actions are so bad or so novel that it penetrates this wall of world-weary cynicism. Remember the outrage in 2010 when there were charges (based on the usual anonymous sources that the US government uses when it is engaged in these propaganda efforts) that Iran was secretly giving Afghan president Hamid Karzai bags of money? There were expressions of outrage that Iran would dare to interfere in what was effectively ‘our’ property. Now it turns out that the CIA has been giving Karzai secret bags of cash every month.
Spencer Ackerman looks at what these latest revelations tell us about the mess that is the US involvement in Afghanistan and how difficult it will be to extricate from it. The only winner seems to be Karzai.