Almost $1 million taxpayer dollars ended up in the hands of al-Qaida, according to a New York Times report, and “Fox & Friends”’ Steve Doocy wanted to get to the bottom of it Monday.
“Unconscionable” is how former CIA covert operations officer Joshua Katz described the situation reported by The Times.
“The problem is not in this case how the CIA handled the money – they do a great job with protecting national security, doing all of the protocols, following all the laws that are on the books to ensure that this money gets to the right place,” Katz explained to Doocy.
“The problem is that when it gets to the right place, how the other side handles it is well outside of our control.”
The problem is similar to that of Islamic State terrorists seizing control of U.S. weapons abandoned by Iraqi ground military as was disclosed last month.
Responsibility ultimately falls on the leadership — those at the very top, Katz said.
“What I would really implore the administration [to do] now is to be transparent. They’ve talked about transparency from the onset. Well, let’s do that. Let’s call out these leaders that we’re giving money to,” he said.
“We need to call these leaders out on the public stage. Then we need to go one step further, which is stop sending cash. Let’s send American goods and services overseas for that aid. We’ve got to stop sending cash. It’s going to just come back and bite us.”
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