source: Raw Story Nov 25, 2010
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) again called for the United States to end its involvement in Afghanistan after it was revealed that NATO officials were duped into holding negotiations with a man posing as a senior member of the Taliban.
“The war in Afghanistan is taking place in a netherworld where facts and common sense have no place,” Kucinich said Tuesday. “Elections are fake. Our deadline to withdraw is a fake. Now, we learn that a fake Taliban leader has been leading us to believe that NATO was facilitating high-level talks between Taliban leadership and the corrupt Afghan central government we’re propping up.”
“The only real thing about this war is the dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, the wasted tax dollars and the mounting evidence telling us to get out,” he added.
A man posing as Mullah Akthar Mohammad Mansour, a senior leader of the Taliban, was flown on British military aircraft to Kabul to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and NATO officials, according to the Washington Post.
“It’s not him,” a diplomat told the New York Times. “And we gave him a lot of money.”
Rep. Kucinich was also highly critical of US-supported President Karzai, saying his regime was “among the most corrupt in the world.”
“President Karzai rules through crony capitalism,” he said. “He works to protect his cronies rather than the Afghan people. Our tax dollars are going to the Karzai family and its supporters to buy villas in Dubai.”
Private security companies with ties to President Karzai and other Afghan officials have come under investigation for possibly using American money to bribe the Taliban, the New York Times reported in June.
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