For more than a decade, the C.I.A. - using suitcases, backpacks, even plastic bags - has made monthly cash payments to the offices of President Hamid Karzai amounting to tens of millions of dollars. One Karzai aide called it "ghost money" because "it came in secret, and it left in secret," although now that it has been reported publicly Mr. Karzai has owned up to it. In other words, the U.S. has wasted a lot of taxpayer money in Afghanistan. So, what will be the end of all these things?

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