Thursday, September 15, 2016

US taxpayer billions lined pockets of corrupt Afghan warlords, says watchdog

Fox News reports:
The U.S. collaborated with Afghan warlords and crooked powerbrokers, lining their pockets with billions of taxpayer dollars and turning a blind eye to systemic corruption in the rebuilding effort that followed a grinding and costly war, a federal watchdog said Wednesday.

Speaking in conjunction with the release of a blistering new report, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko addressed the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about the astronomical amount of wartime waste expended by U.S. taxpayers.

“Considering that more than 2,300 Americans have died in Afghanistan and that Congress has appropriated nearly $115 billion for Afghanistan reconstruction -- a number that does not include [the estimated $680 billion] spent on U.S. military operations there -- it would be an absolute dereliction of duty not to try to extract lessons from 15 years of struggle,” he said.
The great moments of the Obama regime.