Via BCL, we learn:
KARZAI MOCKS CANADA BY RENAMING CROOKED CRONY
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has delivered a scathing rebuke to Canadian soldiers and taxpayers by nominating to his cabinet a disgraced former minister who presided over the embezzlement of up to one-third of Canadian aid dollars donated under the U.N.’s Law and Order Trust Fund (LOTFA).
In naming Zarar Muqbul as his new counter-narcotics minister, Karzai delivers a forehand smash into the court of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is already under fire for proroguing Canada’s House of Commons - in part to avoid a parliamentary committee’s probe into the Afghan government’s mistreatment of battlefield detainees.
The siphoning off of Canada’s LOTFA contributions is arguably a more flagrant abuse of trust than the issue of prisoner abuse. The financial support is intended to strengthen the National Police and kick-start Afghanistan's rule of law.
Canadians have donated at least $80 million to the scheme since 2002, with the Harper government tipping in $12 million seven months ago.
The embezzlement and detainee scandals share a common denominator: the Prime Minister and his aides have tried for years to sweep both under the carpet.
Up to a third of $92 million. Hmmmmm ... I wonder what we could have done with that cash.
BONUS TRACK: Apparently, Stephen Harper and the Harperettes are still pretty proud of that whole LOTFA thing. One wonders if (or when) that page is going to quietly disappear.
Don't worry, I have a screenshot.