This wikileaks stuff on Afghanistan is hard evidence that the US presence has led to a incredibly corrupt situation. Were it not for widespread public denial of the degree of badness of US "intelligence" agencies a huge amount of global evil could be avoided.
I recieved this by way of a listserve from Tacoma- Peaople For Peace, Justice and Healing: http://www.tacomapjh.org/
[In its Friday edition, the *New York Times* series based on secret
U.S. diplomatic cables leaked to Wikileaks focused on Afghanistan. --
Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti, and Dexter Filkins reported that they
show that Afghanistan is "a looking-glass land where bribery,
extortion, and embezzlement are the norm and the honest official is a
distinct outlier." -- While corruption in Afghanistan is no news,