“It’s like the United States government subsidizing the Taliban, al Qaeda, the Haqqani network, those groups that are trying to shoot and kill our soldiers,” New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen stated.The Haqqani network is responsible for the 2011 attack on the American embassy in Kabul that left 16 dead. The Haqqani Network, rather than receiving money directly from the U.S., receives its money from a road construction company owned by the Haqqani Network that received a government contract from the U.S. However, this is merely one such example of the U.S. funding terrorism; in all, the Pentagon report lists 43 private companies that receive government money and fund terrorism.
“The reason they’ve given us is that it’s not fair to these contractors that the evidence that we’ve presented, and this is evidence collected by the United States government, is classified,” said Special Inspector General John Sopko. “That’s the absurdity of it. We can probably attack them via drone on Monday and we’ll issue them a contract on Tuesday,” Sopko continued.Though the report’s revelations are startling, the Pentagon has been unwilling to immediately pull the contracts due to bureaucratic red tape. The Army has, however, released a statement saying that they will not be issuing new contracts to the companies. The statement also stopped short of indicating that they will be taking any steps to remove the contracts. “The army takes seriously any allegations of improper contractor activities and has vigorous processes to ensure that those with whom we do business are not supporting the insurgency or otherwise opposing U.S. and collation forces in Afghanistan,” the statement said. It seems the take-away message for terrorist groups is: If your attacks on Americans are being subsidized by America, we will take a good, long look at whether or not we will continue to fund your attacks. We mean it. The Obama Administration has made many claims about Republicans being terrorists, bullies and other various slanderous accusations. If the Obama Administration is even remotely interested in stopping real terrorism, the first step should be to, as obvious as it may seem, stop funding companies that are fronts for terrorist organizations.