In the aftermath of Joe Biden’s report that he ordered a military drone strike that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, a report has emerged that Biden has paid, over the last year, about $1 billion to the Taliban.
That would be the extremist Islamist organization that took over Afghanistan when Biden last year abruptly pulled American soldiers out.
Biden left behind hundreds of Americans, thousands of America-supporting nationals who likely would be targeted by assassination squads for their work, as well as some $80 billion in American war machinery.
Now a report from Foreign Desk News explains that Biden has been sending, and plans to send more, money to the Taliban.
A columnist also pointed out that it is unlikely that an al-Qaida operative could have set up shop and be working in Kabul without the Taliban knowing that.
The report said American foreign aid might be going to the “wrong places,” including Afghanistan.
“Annually, the U.S. allocates over $51 billion in economic aid and military assistance. $25 billion comes from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), while the Department of Defense and Department of State are close behind. Over 20 percent of this aid is divided among four countries: Israel, Jordan, Afghanistan, and Egypt. While well intentioned, corruption, failing infrastructure, or even cultural misunderstandings can mean that U.S. aid causes more harm than good,” the report explained.
Regarding the Taliban, the report explained, “The U.S. has pledged an additional $55 million in aid to Afghanistan. Over the past fiscal year, this totals to over $1 billion to humanitarian, economic, and military assistance aid to Afghanistan. Foreign aid always comes with criticism, but especially so when the recipient is an enemy of the U.S. and a corrupt, extremist and repressive regime.
“In Afghanistan, the case against foreign aid has always been corruption. After the Soviet invasion, U.S. funding was used by rival Mujahideen to wage a civil war. Then, the U.S. government and military was manipulated into draining their own pockets after 9/11. Rival tribes and warlords used American ignorance to gain access to an endless flow of money. With this they were able to fight each another for power over the war torn country even long after the fall of the Taliban.
“Now,” the report said, “humanitarian aid to the Afghan people is lining the pockets of the Taliban at the expense of innocent Afghans and American taxpayers alike.”
The report explained the Taliban’s decision to monitor and control all non-governmental operations in the nation gives its radical members “oversight and control of movements and work of various NGOs, including the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and the World Food Program.”
“The Afghan people are desperately in need of this aid to ensure access to basic food and water, education, and health services. However, this Taliban program requires Afghan citizens and foreign NGOs to submit to the Taliban’s brutal rule in order to ensure they receive the necessary aid to survive. The U.S. cannot ensure that its humanitarian funding is being used as it was intended. More than likely, it’s only bolstering the Taliban’s repressive regime,” the report said.
Other objectionable recipients of American money, the report said, included the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which features teachers in the Middle East that express support for terrorists, Tunisia, which is plagued by transparency for the $1.4 billion it has been given, Burma, where a military operative overthrew its democracy just last year and now fundamental freedoms have been restricted, and South Sudan, which has “some of the worst and most ingrained corruption in the world.”
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