U.S. Domination of Afghanistan
January 19, 2015
The high-handed claim that the people of Afghanistan must be “mentored” and “civilized” by U.S. imperialism is rejected by people the world over, not simply because it is chauvinist, not simply because U.S. imperialism is the sworn enemy of the national liberation movements of the oppressed nations, not simply because the U.S. military is occupying the country and imposing military rule, not simply because the national army, police, and private military contractors permanently integrated under U.S. command are being trained to take over “national security,” not simply because of signed agreements for the establishment of permanent military bases in Afghanistan, but also because the U.S. is in the process of the all-sided take over of the entire economic life of the country.
In the health care sector for example, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing capital investments to establish public-private partnerships under the “Health Policy Project.” Private sector contracts are being awarded for management of projects within virtually every government agency, including even for tax collection.
While publicly underwritten private contracts are a disaster for the people of both countries they are a lasting source of windfall profits for the capitalists.
According to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, between 2002 and June 2013 the Department of Defense, the State Department and USAID appropriated approximately $96.57 billion for such “reconstruction” projects in Afghanistan. Below we list a small selection of the contracts awarded over the last several months by U.S. government agencies.
AAR Airlift Group (Palm Bay, FL): $20 million for air transport
Aegis Defense Services (London, England): $12.7 million for private security
Columbia Helicopters (Aurora, OR): $20 million for air transport
Dyncorp (McLean, VA): $100.7 million to advise, train and mentor the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army
General Dynamics (Falls Church, VA): $4 million for information management and technology
IDS International Government Services, L.L.C. (Arlington, VA): $36 million for security and infrastructure development
Northrop Grummen (Falls Church, VA): $37 million for remote control aircraft systems
Readiness Management Support L.C. (Panama City, FL): $57.8 million to manage airports
Sierra Nevada Corporation (Sparks, NV): $15.8 million to supply fixed wing aircraft to the Afghan National Army
Six3 (McLean, VA): $12.7 million for “intelligence support services.”