Americans Advise Afghans on Corruption

Domestic, International

Americans Advise Afghans on Corruption

This cartoon directly references two things: A Corruption Index released by Transparency International, and a damning article published in the New York Times, outlining how the C.I.A. was dropping off wads of cash each month to the office of President Hamid Karzai, sometimes in plastic shopping bags, as a way to buy influence. The secret cash amounted to tens of millions of dollars, prompting one anonymous American official to say that the U.S. that was the “biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan.”

Aside from highlighting this blatant example of corruption – I think it’s important to address the way subjectivity and framing affects our definition of corruption. Giving money in return for favor in politics is bribery, regardless of the democratic euphemisms used to legitimize it.

See this cartoon and others at The Gabbler!

One thought on “Americans Advise Afghans on Corruption

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s