March 15, 2015

"C.I.A. Cash Ended Up in Coffers of Al Qaeda."

The NYT reports.
“God blessed us with a good amount of money this month,” Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, the group’s general manager, wrote in a letter to Osama bin Laden in June 2010, noting that the cash would be used for weapons and other operational needs.

18 comments:

Michael P said...

Does the NYT mean to infer that our government is responsible for how other governments spend money if we give any money to them? Do they think that money isn't fungible? This seems like a nothing-burger, so to speak.

Hagar said...

You watch your own money, but government money, especially "Bernanke money," belongs to nobody, so who cares?

Hagar said...

In fact, it is not even "real" money!

Levi Starks said...

I guess we don't have to worry about going to a cashless economy anytime soon.
Most Americans could live without any folding money in their pockets, but clearly American dollars are what make the world go round.

chickelit said...

Damn that CIA! Always operating so independently of the Administration's wishes.

Fritz said...

Wouldn't it have been easier to get the Chinese to loan them the money directly?

Hagar said...

Or just have the Chinese print some up for them?
The Chinese "queer" is very good quality, some of it even better than our legitimate paper.

Humperdink said...

Funny this was posted today. The headline in our local paper (the Pittsburgh Trib) this morning referenced the International Relief and Development agency spending $2.4 billion on relief in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a non-profit *cough* agency.

The executive and his spouse were compensated $5.9 mil between 2008 and 2012. The agency is now under investigation.

Maybe, just maybe, we send too much money to DC. Or as someone mentioned earlier, maybe The Bernanke printed too much.

http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/7841989-74/keys-ird-washington#axzz3ThbUUU2c

Hagar said...

The government has printed money and flown it to Iraq and Afghanistan by the ton to finance the local operations there. As long as that money stays in the East, it will have no effect on inflation here at home.

chickelit said...

"Coffer"...."coffin"....it's all the same.

Beldar said...

I'm sure that when he personally led the SEAL team which stormed bin Laden's compound, President Obama managed to recover most of that cash.

Phil 3:14 said...

And ironically "our money" had financed the kidnappings via Pakistan and the ISI.

We are the sugar daddy, or maybe just sugar:

I'm hurting, baby, I'm broken down
I need your loving, loving
I need it now
When I'm without you
I'm something weak
You got me begging, begging
I'm on my knees

Unknown said...

The headline in the dead tree version I received today said, "CIA Cash Ends Up in Coffers of Al Qaeada," which puts a whole different spin on the gravamen of the article.

Joe said...

I still maintain that the CIA has done more harm than good for this country.

Rusty said...

And we,re believing the NYT in this, why?

Drago said...

Jihadist weapons "Saved or Created!!"

Robert Cook said...

"I still maintain that the CIA has done more harm than good for this country."

You say that as if you expect someone to argue the point. The CIA has been a cancer in our government and in its operations around the world since its inception, and should be completely abolished.

Of course, this will never happen.

Doc Merlin said...

I suspect they consider it a feature, not a bug.