Let’s Waste $1.3 billion on the Afghan Police!

By: Wednesday January 14, 2015 9:00 am

A big part of the U.S. plan to “win” in Afghanistan after only 13 years of effort rests on the Afghan National Police (ANP). Alongside the Afghan Army (RIP), the police are supposed to hunt down the Taliban and preserve order inside the cities. The army, for what it is worth, is supposed to hunt [...]

 

Your Most Gigantic Waste of Taxpayer Money Today List, Afghan Edition

By: Wednesday December 24, 2014 9:00 am

Our good friends at the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a high-risk list for the Afghanistan reconstruction effort that calls attention to areas that are especially vulnerable to significant waste, fraud, and abuse. Quick recap for those who haven’t binge-read the SIGAR reports for the past 13 or so years: the U.S. [...]

Pentagon Sends Afghans on Months-Long Gem Training Junkets

By: Friday December 19, 2014 9:00 am

America, think carefully about what you would want your tax money spent on: Schools? Roads? Public bong stations? Hah, it doesn’t matter because your tax money was spent on this crap. A Pentagon task force in Afghanistan is under investigation for ejaculating taxpayer dollars to send Afghan jewelers on lavish “gem training” junkets to India, [...]

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot in Afghanistan

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 1:48 pm

Did you know the U.S. war in Afghanistan is still going on?

While the American war(s) in Iraq and Syria are the Kardashian’s of geopolitics– can’t get them out of the news, don’t want to look but you do anyway– America’s longest war trudges on. We have been fighting in Afghanistan for over thirteen years now. The young soldiers currently deployed there were barely in elementary school when their dad’s and mom’s kicked off the fighting.

And we still haven’t won anything.

Lost Iraqi Billions Found?

By: Monday October 13, 2014 10:00 am

New information from the former Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGAR) Stuart Bowen, reported by perhaps the bravest journalist alive today, James Risen, shows that of the multi-billions of U.S. dollars cash literally shipped on pallets to Iraq in 2003, over one billion was traced into Lebanon (the other billions remain unaccounted for.)

State Department Gives 87% of Afghan Funds to Only Five Recipients

By: Monday April 28, 2014 9:02 am

The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a scathing report showing the Department of State gave a staggering 87 percent of all Afghan reconstruction funds to only five recipients.

In fact, 69 percent of all taxpayer money spent went to just one contractor.

House Oversight Chair Wildly Optimistic About Afghanistan Mission; Reality Begs to Differ

By: Monday August 9, 2010 4:10 pm

Rep. Towns, are we really supposed to believe that with the change of a single leadership role in Afghanistan, that these enormous problems with accountability and transparency in DOD contracting and the mission in Afghanistan have changed virtually overnight, that a culture in which lawlessness and corruption has been ingrained for decades has suddenly turned itself around?

More Fallout from McChrystal Failures in Afghanistan: Training Myth Exposed

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 3:23 pm

With the replacement of General Stanley McChrystal as head of US forces in Afghanistan by his commanding officer, General David Petraeus, the fallout from McChrystal’s multiple failures continues.

New Hybrid Military-State Dept. Agency Proposed: Blessing or Boondoggle?

By: Wednesday November 4, 2009 4:30 pm

With their function scheduled for phase out as the military’s role in Iraq comes to an end, top folks at office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction propose an new governmental agency — just in time to save their own, um, jobs.

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