“…certain parameters rooted in the on-the-ground reality must guide America’s response. Since the West is unwilling to engage the Russian military in Syria, it is immediately evident that the Syrian civil war is not the type of situation where Western politicians or the United Nations can decide unilaterally what is to be done…”
…Johnson advised Sherkhan to split the large loans into smaller ones and to create shell companies –referred to as “fictitious” companies in the media- that would receive the loans. Shell companies are legal entities, since they exist on paper, but have no actual business operations, except perhaps to serve as a conduit for money transfers. The shell companies hid the borrower’s true identity.