Arguably, Dennis Kucinich is America's least corrupt politician. No plutocrat ever benefits from the actions Kucinich takes in the House, so it's pretty obvious he hasn't been bought.
His bill to end American involvement in Afghanistan, as everyone expected, went down to resounding defeat in the House yesterday, and Afghan corruption king Hamid Kharzai's tongue kiss with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (as documented on the front page of the New York Times) does not seem to have changed the numbers at all.
I'm still anxiously awaiting McChrystal's "government in a box" for Marja — not yet installed in the newly "liberated" town. When Karzai showed up there a couple of days ago, he was not exactly greeted with enthusiasm, and easily could have been run out of town on a rail had he not been in the company of U.S. Marines. One certainty, however, is that nobody in Marja wants the unabashedly corrupt and brutal Afghan police around, no matter how "well" they've lately been trained by American contractors.
Call me a cynic — everyone does — but I'm still inclined to believe that the main reason we remain in Afghanistan is because the usual war contractors continue to rake in vast profits, and use those profits to elect compliant politicians who will keep the profits flowing. Afghanistan's corruption is blatant and shameless. Our system is more subtle, but no less corrupt.