So how’s that joint venture with our close allies in Afghanistan going, fellas? Are the terrorists on the run? Is democracy established? Is everybody happy?
“They do give us bags of money — yes, yes, it is done,” Mr. Karzai said, responding to questions about a report in The New York Times on Sunday that Iran sends regular cash payments to his chief of staff, Umar Daudzai. “We are grateful to the Iranians for this.”
“Patriotism has a price,” he said.
In his news conference, Mr. Karzai also attacked The Times for publishing the report about Iranian payments, even as he confirmed receiving such payments. He urged the Afghan news media to “defame The New York Times as they defame us.” —NY Times
“Patriotism has a price.” Hamid Karzai knows more about American politics in the 21st century than all the ‘Crats and ‘Pubs combined. Direct and up-front about it, too: stuff a million bucks into a plastic sack and hand it to my chief of staff. None of this clandestine wire-transfer crap to a secret account in Switzerland.
Here’s a distinction, though, between what Iran does for Karzai and what the US Chamber of Commerce does for Republicans candidates: Karzai identifies his donors. Proudly, too.
After all, “patriotism has its price,” and certainly he’s a patriot.
Unsurprisingly, even as he admits the truth of the media’s allegations, he lashes out at them, specifically the NY Times. That’s what corrupt officials do when sniffed out and exposed. Sound familiar, America?
Our work in Afghanistan is so over. Nobody gets out of there alive. The country’s single uniting factor is the population’s undiluted loathing of outsiders, whom they will fight for centuries if need be, and until nobody remains.
But what we see in this incident is something even more terrifying and loathsome: in their frank, unembarrassed embrace of thorough corruption at the highest levels, we see where America is heading. “Patriotism has its price,” he states, and here, in this mid-term election of 2010, the patriotic buyers are lining up to pay like never before.