***** Funding the Enemy: How U.S. Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban. By Douglas A. Wissing. Prometheus Books, www.prometheusbooks.com; 396 pages; $25.
This is an alarming exposé of how the U.S. government operates in Afghanistan and the challenges it faces, even as it indirectly supports violent jihad. This well-written book exposes top personnel, agencies, and decision makers by naming names associated with the corruption going on in the midst of the Global War on Terrorism.
It guides the reader through the role of the USAID community, with information specific to those living and operating in Afghanistan. In addition, the author experiences the operational tempo as the taxpayer money is finding its way into the hands of the Taliban. What’s worse is we know it, and we allow it.
One recurring theme is how corruption and financial mismanagement by those agencies fosters associations that are used to support projects using massive amounts of U.S. cash. The author describes in detail how those specific agencies are connected, and interviews with soldiers, aid workers, and government employees corroborate his findings.
The book is an enriching read for security managers. Wissing clearly outlines the senior-level attitudes and perspectives specific to the varied methodologies deployed between counterterrorism and counterinsurgency.