The United States wasted billions of dollars in war-torn Afghanistan on buildings and vehicles that were either abandoned or destroyed, according to a report released by a U.S. government watchdog.
A report released by the U.S. government’s Afghanistan watchdog has found that America has wasted billions of dollars in the war-torn country on buildings and vehicles that were either abandoned or destroyed
a year ago. He must decide whether to withdraw all troops by May 1, as promised in the deal, or stay and possibly prolong the war. Officials say no decision has been made.Meanwhile, Taliban insurgents and the Afghan government have been holding on-again-off-again talks in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar but a deal that could bring peace to Afghanistan after 40 years of relentless war seems far off.
Analyst Bill Roggio of the Long War Journal said the findings by SIGAR are not surprising. The reasons for the financial losses include Taliban attacks, corruption and “throwing money at the problem without considering the implications,” he said.“It is one thing to build a clinic and school, it is another to operate, maintain, and in many cases defend this infrastructure from Taliban attacks,” said Roggio."Additionally, the West has wildly underestimated the impact of Afghan corruption and in many cases incompetence. It was always a recipe for failure.”
U.S. agencies responsible for construction didn't even ask the Afghans if they wanted or needed the buildings they ordered built, or if they had the technical ability to keep them running, Sopko said in his report.The waste occurred in violation of “multiple laws stating that U.S. agencies should not construct or procure capital assets until they can show that the benefiting country has the financial and technical resources and capability to use and maintain those assets effectively,” he said. headtopics.com
Torek Farhadi, a former adviser to the Afghan government, said a"donor-knows-best” mentality often prevailed and it routinely meant little to no consultation with the Afghan government on projects.He said a lack of coordination among the many international donors aided the wastefulness. For example, he said schools were on occasion built alongside other newly constructed schools financed by other donors. The construction went ahead because once the decision was made — contract awarded and money allocated — the school was built regardless of the need, said Farhadi.
The injection of billions of dollars, largely unmonitored, fueled runaway corruption among both Afghans and international contractors. But experts say that despite the waste, the need for assistance is real, given the Afghan governments heavy dependence on international money.
The worsening security situation in Afghanistan also greatly impeded the monitoring of projects, with shoddy construction going undetected, said Farhadi, the former Afghan government adviser.“Consult with the locals about their needs and sustainability of the project once the project is complete,” he urged U.S. funding agencies looking to future projects. “Supervise, supervise, supervise project progress and implementation and audit every single layer of expenditure.”Read more: ABC News »
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20 yr war we are f====g insane Everyone knows this, this has been happening for years Yep, Donald Trump went and bought them and sucked our wallets dry! Minimum wage $7.25 I don’t get why we always rebuild after we bomb fuck em leave em lying. That's correct the federal government the us wasted the people's the USA tax dollars!!!
Well no shit lol Lol saw this happening real time whilst getting shot at and blown up. Fraud waste and abuse US Government. 7 letters home to spouse/family explaining why they were not coming back And the defense department wants more Old news But healthcare and college are too expensive.... .RonWyden Senator, I don’t mind paying taxes to make sure all our citizens can lead a healthy happy life, but this is unacceptable. Everyone responsible needs to be held accountable. SenateDems HouseDemocrats
Meh they can just print more. Only billions? Our government can do better than this. This us actually old news. Hello I hope this reaches you well , I'm a representative of the Illuminati and have been instructed to send this invitation out to you as you've been chosen for greatness. Reach out to us on Whatsapp +12342190068 for more information.
Here in Minnesota they pay them to inhumane torture & commit other big crimes for cover up which caused genocide nationwide they pretend to help & continue harming started at hornig companies building in New hope after threats & hacking us all made they have continued since then Pretends to be shocked.
Daddys out pissing his paycheck away at the bar again after payday while us kids are back home starving. At least the tavern owner and his kids are well fed. Obama for Eight years pursued that waste and Trump sought to rescue US from such continuous wastefulness by pulling out of Afghanistan, but the media and the democrats despised him while applauding Obama the warrior in Chief.
It's always about money. That’s war and Biden is getting us into another one. Anything to attempt to find a group of evil incompetents to utilize infrastructure to secure the poppy for big pharma pain pills of the west.and underworld smuggling of heroin.via u.s.govg Yeah, every time a watchdog says 'wasted', I assume it actually means 'stolen by well connected contractors'.
Meanwhile China is building its Army to overtake the US - GREAT LEADERSHIP eh? No wonder the US’s credibility is in question. Is the US at it’s climax to descend like the British empire? The government wasting our extorted money? Wow what a surprise! That almost never happens! 😂 That's the free market speaking. The people didn't want it!!
That waste made a lot of rich people even richer... that’s the only reason we bomb these poor Muslim countries Yup sounds like the LGBT terrorist dictatorship to me “Defense” 당분간--중증증세--백신사용-의 피함인듯 이스라엘 한국이 피해지면 안전한 상태인지--창피스러운듯 코로나19은 피해야할듯 코로나 19의 경미한 증세는 쉬운듯--약의 효능---메꿈이 모지라는 실력들인듯--한국의 과학의 수준인듯