On December 5, 2013 Rep. Barbara Lee of California asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding the war in Afghanistan. What she said was absolutely shocking!
“Mr. Speaker, as most of us joined family and friends over Thanksgiving week last week, 2,500 Afghan elders voted on a security agreement that could potentially leave thousands of United States troops in Afghanistan for at least another decade.”
“If the Afghan people are having a say in continued American troops in that country, at the very least this Congress should also debate and vote on any such agreement. The war in Afghanistan has just entered its 13th year, and the need to bring our troops home remains urgent. President Karzai has recently suggested that he sees no potential security benefit from an ongoing United States security mission. I couldn’t agree more, and the American people have long understood that there is no military solution in Afghanistan”, she said.
“Mr. Speaker, especially at a time now when rising income inequality and harmful sequester cuts are hurting families and communities here at home, we need to get our priorities in order and stop spending good money after bad in Afghanistan. We have known for years of the rampant waste, fraud, and abuse in Afghanistan, including bags of cash from the CIA being handed over in suit cases and plastic bags to corrupt Afghan government officials. Enough is enough. We need to end the corruption and end this war”, said Rep. Lee (source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov).
See video: Senate hearing: Layer upon Layer of corruption in Afghanistan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQT5mVngTTw
See video: Congressman Issa: Taxpayer dollars funding Corruption in Afghanistan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81yPxDLxDm0
See video: USAID Afghanistan corruption – millions wasted http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ4B1I0ddPk
See related video: End the War: Corruption from the top to the bottom in Afghanistan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdU3MXU8l04