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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Friendly Militias

Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense who in a slightly more honorable world would be in the unemployment line, and in a more honorable world than that would be in prison for the lies he told about Iraqi WMD's, and under a world ruled by a harsh yet just God would have been struck down by lightning long ago, has come up with yet another brilliant scheme: funding a "global anti-terrorist network of friendly militias." Congress, having learned from its previous mistake of being fooled by Wolfowitz, has eagerly agreed to be fooled once again, approving the scheme to the tune of $25 million (I know, Halliburton has swindled us out of more than that in the time it has taken you to read this post, but it still seems like a lot of money to me!). WIIIAI explains the cons and cons of this scheme:
At best, millions in bribes will be put in the hands of unsavory thugs, such as the Afghan warlords who sold their opponents to the CIA to be spirited away to Guantanamo, and the next generation of Chalabis. At worst, the money will build up forces that will destabilize nations, commit atrocities, or otherwise come back to bite us in the ass, like the aid given to mujahaddin in Afghanistan in the 1980s.