The aide to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation is being paid by the Central Intelligence Agency, according to Afghan and American officials.
Mr. Salehi’s relationship with the C.I.A. underscores deep contradictions at the heart of the Obama administration’s policy in Afghanistan, with American officials simultaneously demanding that Mr. Karzai root out the corruption that pervades his government while sometimes subsidizing the very people suspected of perpetrating it.
Sadly, corruption appears to be the only lubricant keeping commerce moving in Afghanistan.
The US occupation and invasion of Afghanistan has never, ever been about US security. It has always been about potential private profit from drugs (mission accomplished here); the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil; and the control of Afghanistan's vast and largely untapped mineral wealth.
And the corruption surrounding those activities, particularly regarding the flow of cheap heroin, will continue, unabated, as long as the occupation of Afghanistan continues.