October 25th, 2010
10:20 AM ET

Karzai got cash from Iran

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan acknowledged Monday that he has received cash from Iran - and he said the United States knows about it and does the same thing.

His comments followed a report in The New York Times saying that Iranian officials once gave Karzai's chief of staff a bag stuffed with cash as "part of a secret, steady stream of Iranian cash" totaling millions of dollars. That stream, the newspaper reported, gives the president and his chief of staff a fund that has been used to pay "Afghan lawmakers, tribal elders and even Taliban commanders to secure their loyalty."

Karzai told CNN on Monday that the United States is and has been aware of Iran's financial contributions. He also said that the United States gives bags of money.

"The United States is doing the same thing," he said. "They are providing cash to some of our offices."

The president said Iran "asked for good relations in return and for lots of other things in return."

"The cash payments are done by various friendly countries to help the president's office and to help dispense assistance in various ways to the employees around here, to people outside, and this is transparent and this is something that I have discussed," Karzai said. "Even when we were at Camp David [Maryland] with President [George W.] Bush, this is nothing hidden."

"We are grateful to Iran for the help that they are giving and to those receiving that help under my instruction," he said.

soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. kros

    Kharzai is as corrupt as they come most of the money he gets from these countries is used to line his pockets and whatever tribe he needs to keep happy, at least he dosen't try to hide it , he's is going to side with whoever continues to foot his bills

    November 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Max

    I am wondering what is the service of our president against this payment.
    is he agent of Iran,spy...
    does he want to sell USA and afghanistan to Iran
    Is he a traitor,
    he is a traitor

    November 4, 2010 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Brian

    Iran has the right to do as it thinks is right for its best interests as is the USA

    November 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. garc

    Interesting that CNN is not reporting a single thing today about the fact that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is quite likely to be killed in Iran by stoning tomorrow. It's made international news and there are protests going on worldwide, but not a peep from CNN. (This is the woman merely ACCUSED, without actual PROOF, of adultery; her son has managed to get a good deal of worldwide support for her, but it may all come to nothing tomorrow.) I doubt posting actual full http addresses here is allowed, so if anybody gives a damn, look up the website stopstonningnow.com to see what you can do (misspelling intentional–there is an accidental extra 'n' in the address).

    November 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I don't think that the Democrats will allow These Crazy run This Country!!! They have another waking like They did in the last election... The Republicans will be sorry for the day They got involved with the Tea Party!!!

    November 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 929WOLFS

    I can't help asking "Why are we still there"? I don't want to appear naive, but could there (or more importantly SHOULD) not be a more open, official and publicly accepted method of providing the funds required to Bribe all these so-called leaders to act in the best interest of their' citizens?

    November 1, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    Iran gov doesnt do anything for a god sake. they want to make more mess in afghanestan
    screw iranian gov and monkey Ahmadinejad.
    by the way I am iranian myself and hate the gov

    November 1, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. musa

    i think about that Afghanistan need help of any country at the world . not different its Iran or USA .but i afraid that Mr karzai
    administration have Corruption about this help

    November 1, 2010 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. potsY

    To ALL:
    Your communications sound most wise and generous.

    October 31, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. amani

    hi to all.
    if he geting many he should inform the peoples of afghanistan.not hite

    October 31, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. CHAR


    October 31, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Robert M Longatang

    The community of Nations in the free World are investing both Life and Money to free Afghanistan People from the bondage of it's former corrupt Government Leaders and only to weak up and find a more dismal untrusted friend in their long journey to find and create a long lasting democracy in that troubled Nation.Perhaps the Free World can still manage to find a more meaningful way in looking forward to have a better trusted partner to achieved Freedom and Democracy in Afghanistan.

    October 30, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Where do we come off telling the Afghans or anybody else what they want or need? I say let these people speak for themselves!

      October 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Do You really think that They were thinking for Themselves when the Tarriest were in charge??? They have a better chance now than They had then!!!

        October 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        Will you at least learn how to spell,Phunnie boy,while impersonating me? The word is "terrorist",not "tarriest"!!!

        October 30, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      What can You expect from a Country that elects the Republicans and the Tea Party??? Do You really Think They would get Someone that would work with Us in another Country???

      October 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Amen To That... I hate it too!!!

    October 30, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I eat Kosher, Chicken are Turkey Hot Dogs Myself!!!

    October 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Manny

    who cares? The fact is Afghanistan needs money, so they take what they can get, and they give concessions here and there to their patrons once in a while. Thats just how the world works.

    October 30, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  16. Robocop

    Send in Robocop.

    October 30, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I have the best way to solve the problem for there and Here in the States... Take all the Prisoners in all of Our Prison and send them to Afghanistan to fight!!! That way We can Bring Home Our Troops and save money both ways... Also it wouldn't be a lose if They all died...

      October 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  17. USMC Forever

    If you right-wing idiots are going to vomit your ignorance on this site,at least drop the filthy Tea Party lingo!!!

    October 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      They think that it makes Them seem smarter!!! Boy how wrong They are...

      October 30, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jrad

    Hopefully he receives that cash in large burlap sacks with green dollar signs painted on the sides.

    October 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. chydy

    How often do you hear the president of a country saying such crap? He's even lost his self-dignity and most of all, his head.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  20. chydy

    Ahmed karzai is very foolish to say the least. How often do you hear the president of a country saying such crap? He's even lost his self-dignity and most of all, his head.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      He hasn't lost his head yet, that comes later in the book when they start making "Peace" with the Taliban.

      October 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Lucke

    Would it be wonderful if we had a map of all country govs showing from who they get "kindness money" and to whom they gave it? Or who supports fake govs in kind, showing where they save all their safes (swiss banks and else)???
    Can anyone show this up???

    October 28, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      They can but they won't because they don't want to make the MIC(military-industrial-complex) look bad.

      October 28, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We don't get it from the Republican and Tea Party!!! So how can You expect to get it from some place else???

      October 30, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  22. gabochien

    Breaking news: Karzai also got bags of cash from the U.S. The United States! So... why are we not questioning our own motives?? hmmm... hmmm. Please, let's not be so naive as to allow the media to direct ALL of our attention elsewhere, folks.

    October 28, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Well put,gabochien. Thank you.

      October 28, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      No, it's not the same, we bought the puppet first. The US owns him.

      October 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Could it be PEACE in the Regent is the reason??? Compare to more killing after We left!!!

      October 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Aufklarung

    There is no free lunch. We canĀ“t forget that even if United States and Iran don't maintain a good relationship, both nations share the will for a stable Afghanistan. This is the only way to have peace in the region and stop Al-Qaida influence as well as Taliban. The narcotrafic is other issue that Washington and Teeran share in their agenda.

    Despite what I wrote, i can't denie that U.S. and Iran dispute Kharzai friendship and the control of the Middle East.

    October 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I think when it comes to push and shove between the two of Them the US will win!!! Afghanistan already knows They would be better off with The US...

      October 30, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. USMC Forever

    This stinking Afgan is a traitor, we should off him now while we have the chance. Man I would love to have this fools number, I could see me now zeroing him in at 1500M with my M82A3 .50 Cal. I would just wing him to watch him bleed out and roll around.

    October 27, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Will you kindly quit blogging your idiotic,right-wing comments under my name,Phunnie boy? Use your own name for a change,will you?

      October 27, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        I am blogging under my name, you are just some punk who has the same old saying, stop the MIC,right wing gov. and so on. In other words you are a P***Y and stealing a Marine's Call sign can be a bad thing. Everyone knows Marines don't talk like you do MANGINA BOY!!!! Be a man and find your own call sign, this is mine and I will continue to say what I say.

        October 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Because who ever takes over could be worse!!!

      October 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Freedtoo

    When will we realize that Iran is a viscous enemy working night and day trying to destroy us? A little more than attempting to talk to them might be required. There seems to be a air of indifference by the Obama administration on the fact that they are working against us in Iraq and Afghanistan and providing money and weapons which kill NATO troops. When are we going to be a little more proactive and send a missile or two across the bow of Iran as a warning shot and let them know we've had enough?

    October 27, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Believe Me Our Country already know that!!! So does the rest of the Free World...

      October 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ken J.

    I hate to brake it to everyone but New York Times and most of the Media are not even real journalism, they lobby for war, weaken/pressure government(i.e Afghan Govt) when they do not obey. But Afghans by nature are not submissive and guard their sovereignty with their life..So we have no right to dictate to Afghans who they can be friends with, We should stop thinking we own Afghanistan. Such imperialistic mindset is against American Ideals and against what our founding fathers fought for, we stood against the British Imperialism to gain America. Thus, we should not force upon Afghanistan what we hate ourselves....respect their decision to end unaccountable private security firm who run death squads and secret prisons etc. We should stop bribing Afghan politicians before we call for Iran to stop meddling in Afghanistan. I am sure we were not thinking about Afghans when we paid human rights violating warlords millions to get to Kabul and shoved them in Afghan politics (now we want Karzai to remove them- so we can pit them against eachother the typical imperialism way of doing things)..Thus, lets end our interference in Afghanistan's affairs and reform our news media who lie and omit facts. The day we liberate American media from corporate profits and hold them accountable for their reporting we will succeed in helping humanity, democracy, preventing wars and educating the ignorant among us of the world around us.

    October 26, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Well put,Ken J. Thank you.

      October 26, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        You agree with any Racist!!!

        October 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Right the only real news is Fox News right??? (Not) I listen to CNN and MSNBC myself!!! That way I get both sides of the story and can make up my mind who is right...

      October 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Change

    Where is the change we were promised? I heard the President say we were leaving Iraq and Afghanistan. I think he said this to get votes with no intention of following through. Hope and Change that never comes? Only steeper in debts that are being squandered. This was not the change I voted for.

    We can't fix a corrupt system of tribes paying off tribes in the Middle East. We pay them...Iran pays them. All in hopes to achieve some support to respective agenda. While they take cash and do nothing for us or more importantly the greater good of the Afghanistan people. At least Western culture does not oppress women, free speech and has freedom of Religion. Until Karzai is held accountable for the money he recieves he will continue to wallow in the cash while the Afghanistan people pay the price. Isn't that what we are fighting for?

    Karzai continues to force the people to produce opium to feed thier families. Why doesn't Karzai use this money to create industry that the Afghanistan people need. Why hasn't he been able to make this happen?

    October 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      There has been a lot of change!!! It took 8 years to make this mess... How do You expect Obama to clean it up in 2 years??? It is just getting started!!!

      October 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        We could clean it up a lot quicker if NATO would only pull it's troops out of there!

        October 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Mr. Davidson

    Karzai need not even ask ,no signature nothing ,Obama fowards billions automatically and in cash payments . While school age youths kill each other in chicago and our schools collapse.they burn houses by arson in Detroit and then steal the bricks to sell,this is what the US is coming to,while boatloads of cash go immediately into Afganistan,however then it is sent to banks in the UAE,Obama thinks most americans can't figure what that is ,it's ,United Arab Republic ,meaning Saudi and such ,actually some of the 9/11 highjackers money went thru there,its one big happy family.

    October 26, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      At least now the money is doing the right thing!!! Not like when Bush wasted Our money on the Iraq War as He did...

      October 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Will You quit that Please??? You are giving Me a headache!!!

      October 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  29. selby hope

    I do not trust this man

    October 26, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I trust Obama a lot more than I did any Republican President!!!

      October 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  30. TME55610

    What the hell !!! American should not complain. They as well as others do the same. Buying and peddling influence, allegiance, etc. Some politics and diplomacy!!!

    October 25, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Honyak

    I agree Iraqvet, America just never seems to get the fact that this is how buisness is done in that neck of the woods. Western standards do not apply over there. All we've managed to do is stir up the pot by anouncing that America will leave in 2012; so now everybody is jockying for positions of power & scrambling for as much cash as they can. What did we expect them to do? And don't worry, we will keep throwing money at everyone over there .....what else do you expect us to do?

    October 25, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Did You ever figure that They might know more than They think??? That We are taking advantage of Our Enemies and letting Them think that the money is working for them!!! Because why is things getting better there if the Tarriest are winning???

      October 30, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Why don't you speak the same way with these topics as You do when You talk about Religion??? Because You talking this way makes Your statement so it doesn't make any sense!!! Just a suggestion My Friend... I think what You say even if I don't agree all the time might be better My way!!!

      October 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMJAD

      please give me some of what youve hads

      November 3, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  32. Iraqvet

    If there is something that we, the USA, never learn, it is that the enemy of our enemy is not necessarily our friend.
    Just like the Mujaheddin in the 80's, Karzai will take what he can from us to further his own goals. That doesn't mean he is forever indebted. Nor is it unique to Karzai. ANY Afghan exile or nationalist or patriot, whoever, we would have come up with to be president of an 'Afghan democracy' would have done the same. (Think Chalabi in Iraq) That's not the way that part of the world works. It never has, and won't in the foreseeable future.
    He's going to hang on for as long as he can. That means he has to think long term, long after the USA has enough of that rats nest. That means being on good terms with his neighbors. That includes Iran, even if we don't like them. WE are not Afghanistan's neighbor, WE don't share a border. AFGHANISTAN does, they need to be polite to Iran, Pakistan, and a handful of other -'stans.
    As a soldier that's been to that neck of the woods, I think it sucks. Buts I also know it's reality. Complaining and taking it personal isn't going to help.

    October 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      @ Iraqvet- Exactly right, very good post.

      October 26, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Aymal

      Good point. Good post, thank you iraqvet. This is very true. afghanistan has to maintain good relations with their neighbors, so does every country. Especially since all the foreign troops are wanting to pull out of there.

      October 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      It is to bad that You People hate Obama so much that You can't see the truth with what He is really doing!!!

      October 30, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  33. Charles

    With the current developement, I duely think that the United State is aiding a traitor. The United State should know that the Kazai regime is very corrupt. They're getting money from all corners and he's ordering the western aid agences to leave Afghanistan. What a big thank you to the US and other Western nations that contributed their aids and arms in restoring peace. And now Iran has become their big mentor. Very ungreatful regime.
    I hope that lessons have been learned from this.

    October 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      I wouldn't say we are aiding a traitor, more like an opportunist, unfortunately in Kharzi's case I think the US just accepted the fact that he was LESS corrupt than the rest so we sided with the lesser of two evils so to speak. Finding the honest man over here is not like finding a needle in a haystack; it's more like trying to find a specific needle in a stack of needles.

      October 26, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  34. Joe

    Is it not relevant that they just seized 19 tons of Iranian explosives near the Iran border? Is this the type of "lots of other things in return." mentioned? Get our soldiers out of there!

    October 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      They should make it so it isn't so easy to change names on here!!! That way People couldn't use other Peoples names...

      October 30, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We caught Their package that They tried to send to the States to blow up Jewish Temples!!! They are doing everything They can to make a change back... We are getting to good to stop Them!!! Thank GOD for that...

      October 30, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  35. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Whatever the amount of money Karzai gets from Iran,the C.I.A. is sure to double that amount and keep the Karzai regime under NATO's thumb. That's how we achieved our "glorious" victory in Iraq. We simply paid the Sunni insurgeants to change sides and we're still paying them through the Maliki regime as the so-called "Sons of Iraq" or Awakening Councils.

    October 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      That is correct, our tax dollars being well squanderred, Oops! I mean well spent.

      October 26, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Come on,Phunnie boy. I wish that you'd quit trying to be funny,using the name of the Prophet Mohammed. That's blasphemous and disrespectful,especially for the Muslims. I'd rather see you use the name of Pres.Obama!

        October 26, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        At least I don't drag the name of the Prophet Mohammed into these blogs in order to make a case for this obnoxious war nor do I say anything to offend the Muslims,Phunnie boy or are you Ernie Beatty?

        October 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        Okay Ernie, quit using Dan's name.

        October 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  36. john dahodi

    Iran did not do anything wrong in shoveling million dollar cash to Karzai. He has just followed the Western pattern of dividing and rule and throwing bones with little meat to feed the puppets. How, America or any European Country can object of Iran's relation with her neighbors? It is in her best interest to help both the illegitimate goons in Iraq and Afghanistan and controlled them using all means.

    October 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Good posting,john. I couldn't have stated it better myself. Thank you.

      October 25, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Spiro T.Agnew

        Sorry Yakob and USMC Foreveri,Phunnie boy's trying to be funny as usual. I guess that he'll be blogging under my name next. I was Vice President at one time and part of the Establishmen, so I know how these right-wing thugs operate in Washington.

        October 26, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Please 3R1C,do cut out that Tea Party lingo. It has no place here as it's bad enough seeing all these right-wing nutjobs belly-hooing themselves silly over our fighting this obnoxious war!!!

        October 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      If Iran wants to help pay Our War effort... Why should we care as long as We keep winning the war!!!

      October 30, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  37. Nuri

    Of course once before last year new york times written and article about afghanistan president cash receiving and this is the second times, may its true not lie

    October 25, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Just because They are getting Cash from Iran... Doesn't mean They are using it against Nato and the US!!! Otherwise why are We winning the War there???

      October 30, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |