Corker Questions Obama On Alleged Cash Payments To Karzai

Thursday, May 2, 2013

In a letter to President Obama today, Senator Bob Corker, R-Tn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, requested an explanation regarding recent reports alleging the U.S. has made millions of dollars in secret cash payments to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the past decade.   

“Our support for the Karzai administration should have evolved long ago into regular and more sustainable efforts that are fully coordinated across the government and are calibrated to ensure collaboration with U.S. policies. The alleged arrangements make accountability impossible and promote corruption at the top levels of the Afghan government, as well as break trust with the American taxpayer,” said Senator Corker. “Please provide an explanation, with a classified annex if necessary, for how this alleged policy fits within overall U.S. objectives in Afghanistan.”

A complete copy of the letter is included below:

Dear Mr. President,

Recent news reports of years of large cash payments to President Karzai, if accurate, indicate an incoherent U.S. policy toward Afghanistan.

Our support for the Karzai administration should have evolved long ago into regular and more sustainable efforts that are fully coordinated across the government and are calibrated to ensure collaboration with U.S. policies.  The alleged arrangements make accountability impossible and promote corruption at the top levels of the Afghan government, as well as break trust with the American taxpayer.

Please provide an explanation, with a classified annex if necessary, for how this alleged policy fits within overall U.S. objectives in Afghanistan.

Sincerely,

Bob Corker




Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARRINGTON, CHRISTINA ELIZEBETH  953 WEST ELMWOOD DRIVE CHATTANOOGA, 37405  Age at Arrest: 32 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County FUGITIVE (ARREST FOR CRIME IN ANOTHER STATE) --- BEELER, KELLY LYNN  6092 MOCKING BIRD LANE HARRISON, 37341  Age at Arrest: 23 years old Arresting ... (click for more)

Williams Fights Homeowner, Police Undeterred By Taser, K-9

Chattanooga Police said a man who violently escaped from Memorial Hospital wound up fighting police and a homeowner - undeterred by tasers, pepper spray and a K-9. William Travis Williams, 20, of 724 Sylvan Dr., is charged with six counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, evading arrest and especially aggravated burglary. In the incident on Saturday, police said Williams ... (click for more)

Pollution For Profit?

Why should Chattanooga allow special interests to boost sediment pollution in our South Chickamauga Creek? To pad their profit margin and pass that cost on to city taxpayers? If your city council votes to reduce the storm water regulations – that is the result we can expect. Special interest homebuilders profit, but citizens pay.  More sediment pollution and paid for with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Two From Sandy

Down through the years I have delighted in sharing stories that come from my friend Sandy Pohfal in Texas. Seeing how Thanksgiving is almost here – day after tomorrow – I figure it’s about time to slow down and let warmth of this week prepare us to give thanks for both the good and bad – without the bad things we wouldn’t recognize the real blessings. The first story I am going ... (click for more)

Mocs Win Cayman Islands Classic Opener Over Alabama State

The Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball team got the mainland bracket of the Cayman Islands Classic off to a good start with a 67-50 win over Alabama State. And when we say good start, we focus on the stifling defensive effort of the first half.   Makinde London had 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks to lead the Mocs. Rodney Chatman and Nat Dixon added 13 and 12 points, ... (click for more)

Can Win vs. Vandy Take Sting Out Of Vols' Dismal Season?

Brady Hoke held his second press conference as interim head coach at Tennessee as the Vols began preparation Monday for Saturday’s season-ending game against Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium. Game time is 4 p.m. and the SEC Network will televise the action. Tennessee (4-7, 0-7) and Vanderbilt (4-7, 0-7) renew their rivalry for the 111 th time, with the Vols holding a lop-sided ... (click for more)