Thursday, November 08, 2007

$100 Million A Month! In Cash!

Why does this seem like a really bad idea? While I am sure Musharraf is as pristine as Snow White I just like to dot the i's and cross the t's, as it were. Surely no one on this side of the pond is getting any kickback. From TPM:
In fact, however, a considerable amount of the money the U.S. gives to Pakistan is administered not through U.S. agencies or joint U.S.-Pakistani programs. Instead, the U.S. gives Musharraf's government about $200 million annually and his military $100 million monthly in the form of direct cash transfers. Once that money leaves the U.S. Treasury, Musharraf can do with it whatever he wants. He needs only promise in a secret annual meeting that he'll use it to invest in the Pakistani people. And whatever happens as the result of Rice's review, few Pakistan watchers expect the cash transfers to end.
Chances are this payola is not going to stop over some silly "extraconstitutional measures".

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