from Steve Clemon's Blog at TWN.:
I had the opportunity tonight to chat with PBS NewsHour Chief Anchor Jim Lehrer and former Afghanistan Interior Minister and National Defense University professor Ali Jalali about the solvency of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai given the acknowledgment that he is accepting "bags of cash" from Iran. Interestingly, at a press conference Karzai also acknowledged that his government was getting similar bags of cash from the United States -- which White House spokesman Robert Gibbs denied.
I thought that this was a very good exchange -- and was able to surface some of the key themes from the recently released Afghanistan Study Group Report.Nice job Steve. There is also a video clip for those (like me) who missed it live,
Here is the transcript from the exchange as well.
-- Steve Clemons
Until I figure out how to embed a direct video link, i'll have to redirect, in this case here:
Hmm. Folks remember the bags of cash, the biggest cash withdrawal in the Feds history, in three planeloads, to Iraq? I once calculated the equivalence of 10 dumptruck of shrink wrap bricks of $100 bills, each brick $160,00 to $1.6M went to Kirkuk. When the distributing agent was asked who picked it up, he could not remember either the name or what he looked like. He was not even certain that it did not go to those we were fighting.
Remember my letter to then Sen. Bingaman on that one, Steve?