One of the many reasons our strategy in the Middle East is doomed to fail is that it only addresses two parts of a three- part problem (and it isn’t doing the two parts very well, either): We’re fighting the people who executed 9/11 (al-Qaeda), we’re fighting the people who harbored the people who executed 9/11 (the Taliban), but why are we doing absolutely nothing against the people who finance these groups?
Because the people that finance them are the U.S. and our allies:
“Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al-Qaeda.” Hillary Clinton has said “it has been an ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist financing from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority.”
As outrageous as it is that our ally is funding our enemy, it is even more outrageous what the U.S. is doing to fund our enemy.
The “US military’s contractors are forced to pay suspected insurgents to protect American supply routes. It is an accepted fact of the military logistics operation in Afghanistan that the US government funds the very forces American troops are fighting. And it is a deadly irony, because these funds add up to a huge amount of money for the Taliban.”
And today an audit by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction shows that the billions in aid we have sent to Afghanistan may be funding our enemies as well.
If a company rented a factory to use for pumping toxic waste into nearby lakes, it wouldn’t make sense to only go after the factory employees (al-Qaeda) and the owner’s of the factory (Taliban). If we ignored the company funding the whole operation, there would be nothing to stop them from renting another factory and doing the whole operation over and over again.
Unfortunately, that appears to be exactly our strategy in Afghanistan.Published in