You can’t make this stuff up: It turns out that Ahmed Wali Karzai — the corrupt brother of Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai — is on the CIA’s payroll. Ahmed Karzai is also suspected of being a bigtime drug trafficker, so he fuels a lucrative drug trade that funds the Taliban. The White House has tried to get President Karzai to crack down on his brother.
The ties to Mr. Karzai have created deep divisions within the Obama administration. The critics say the ties complicate America’s increasingly tense relationship with President Hamid Karzai, who has struggled to build sustained popularity among Afghans and has long been portrayed by the Taliban as an American puppet. The C.I.A.’s practices also suggest that the United States is not doing everything in its power to stamp out the lucrative Afghan drug trade, a major source of revenue for the Taliban.
This is reminiscent of the CIA’s ties to the contras, who fought the Sandinistas in Nicaragua during the 1980s. The contras also used the drug trade to fund their activities.
I can write the movie script for the Hollywood production that will probably follow these revelations. Remember George Clooney in “Syriana”?