"It's a little late in the game to worry about anticorruption measures because what in the world is the alternative going to be? If you find people who aren't corrupt it is largely because they haven't had the opportunity."
ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN, a defense expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, on the corruption that pervades Afghanistan's business and political elite. ~ NY Times
America has always depended on corruption and graft in the Middle East as just part of their everyday business practices. It makes people (and governments) predictable, controllable and somewhat reliable.
Unfortunately, this quote now hits close to home because it seems to describe American business as usual in today's environment, especially with politicians. I don't know which is worse, their corruption or us putting up with it...
How very, very sad...