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Crony Capitalism: the sole heritage of the disastrous Western invasion in Afghanistan

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posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 08:14 AM
Afghanistan has revealed to us the emptiness and hypocrisy of many of our beliefs, and that we may be returning from there also haunted by Mujahideen ghosts, knowing that, underneath, we believe in nothing.

The Americans knew that the idea of Democracy was failing. In desperation, they poured even more money into the Afghan economy. The idea was that this would somehow create a simpler, economic form of Democracy and that the free market would liberate people. They would become model consumers following their own rational self-interest, just like in the economies of the West.

And in an odd way, it worked. Many of those in charge of the money did behave in their own rational self-interest. They simply stole the money, smuggled it out through Kabul Airport, and used it to buy luxury properties in Dubai. During this period, it was estimated that 10 million dollars a day was being taken out of Afghanistan this way.

The scandal seemed to confirm for many Afghans that the United States had not brought Democracy or free markets to their country, but instead, a corrupt Crony Capitalism that had taken over Afghanistan and its government, which was the very same allegation that was being made against politicians at home, in America and in Britain.

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posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 08:17 AM
a reply to: nomoba

That is the system we just voted for ourselves. We sold out our democracy and sending troops to fight, die, cripple for a dead system.

posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 08:18 AM
a reply to: MOMof3

Crony capitalism?

As opposed to Crony Socialism? Or Crony Dictatorships? Or Crony Communism?

posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 08:26 AM
a reply to: jjkenobi

I don't know where this socialism comes from. The only people I know who get social programs are sick or disabled. The rest of us pay for housing, medical, food, by working. No one I know has had a pay raise. Where are the uber rich getting all their money when the rest of America can't take a vacation. We are printing it and the rich practice incest with money. That is the capitalism you want?

posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 08:31 AM

posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 08:39 AM
Yay, freedom at its most finest.

Oh and the poppy fields, don't forgett the poppy fields.

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posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 08:43 AM
The war in Afghanistan was an investment in mineral wealth
Had nothing to do with terrorism

The reason the USSR went in there was its wealth, the same reason the US did as well, just the US wanted a puppet government

I don't think the US cared a thing for the Afghan people only the profits

posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 08:43 AM
CIA gotta control the world's heroin. If they don't who will? The GRU? Don't make me laugh.

posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 10:15 AM

originally posted by: Raggedyman

I don't think the US cared a thing for the Afghan people only the profits

And apparently they don't care about the Americans they sent to fight and die in that country. Just more Collateral damage to be ignored and forgotten.

If trump wants to build a wall, perhaps it should be like the Vietnam Memorial wall, to commemorate the Americans lost in the Mid east.

posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 11:48 AM

The US is in Afghanistan for the opium. They went from producing 7% of the World's opium in 2001 when 'The Taliban™' was running things. Then some guys who couldn't fly a 2-seat Cessna™ stole commercial airliners along w/their indestructible passports and flew them into buildings. Then the Department of Defense™ did the Department of Offense's job and invaded Afghanistan. This led to fighting the SAME GUYS the U.S. armed and trained to fight "The Russkies" (Them AGAIN!!!)

6,000 miles away the US populace is being written scripts for opiate pain meds at a new all-time HIGH of both profits and dosages..

Here comes Private Prisons/Jails...


Now all the opiate pain med patients are "cut off" from their legitimate supplier, BigPHarma™ and these folks have developed quite a "Jones" for opiates..
"Kratom" cures opiate withdrawals.. FDA™ proposes to Schedule Kratom™ a Schedule1 just like that demon weed Mairhuana..


One of My last cases while assigned to 'Special Investigations' was following the trail of a HIGH $$$ Heroin dealer in 2001. It has just grown and grown since then, but what do I know???

Proud member of LEAP• Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

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