Re: “Corruption funded Taliban” (TNT, 7-25).
As the United States initially funded the Taliban (and Osama bin Laden) in the 1980s, we continue to do so today with a boost from our corrupt and overpaid contractors.
We took out Iran’s primary Sunni opponents in Iraq, and now wish to defeat their primary Sunni enemy in Afghanistan. So far the biggest winners in these two wars are the ayatollahs. What exactly is our policy?
The maintenance and operation costs of our fortress-embassy in Baghdad comes to $5 billion a year, while our own poor and elderly are under increasing financial attack.
It is long past time to develop a coherent and effective policy and to end these ruinously expensive and counterproductive wars.