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$360M lost to insurgents, criminals in Afghanistan

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posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 09:53 PM

After examining hundreds of combat support and reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan, the U.S military estimates $360 million in U.S. tax dollars has ended up in the hands of people the American-led coalition has spent nearly a decade battling: the Taliban, criminals, and power brokers with ties to both. The losses underscore the challenges the U.S. and its international partners face in overcoming corruption in Afghanistan.

A central part of the Obama administration's strategy has been to award U.S.-financed contracts to Afghan businesses to help improve quality of life and stoke the country's economy. But until a special task force assembled by Gen. David Petraeus began its investigation last year, the coalition had little visibility into the connections many Afghan companies and their vast network of subcontractors had with insurgents and criminals — groups military officials call "malign actors."

Over 1/3 of a billion dollars completely wasted, in the hands of people that don't like us.....while at the same time we do nothing about job creation and threaten to slash programs that Americans desperately need.


posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 10:03 PM
So the down payment for another years fighting has been paid. We can't get out of the middle east fast enough.

posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 12:59 AM
reply to post by David9176

It is infuriating.
What I find strange is the mentality of scarcity we have here so desperate people are hollering about big spending liberals. Picketing in the streets to snatch health care away from American mothers and children? Threatening to end SS and Medicare, programs, cutting cops and firemen, teachers and nurses? Raising the costs of an education...We are doing without.

And yet the war rolls on and nobody makes a big deal about the spending.
That debt clock might better be called the war clock because that is where the spending is concentrated.
Now we contract private companies to guard politicians, something our soldiers used to do. There is no end to the number of "spin off" contractors war brings us, not to mention what is paid out or lost in bribes and stolen. I am not surprised $360 million was lost to insurgents and criminals. And this is all we know of. War is big business and very lucrative if you're into it, and if you're into it, are you going to let anyone stop them?

This might be why we have never had an enduring peace.

posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 10:16 AM
The big clumsy money bleeding empire is still being owned and fleeced by farmers and tribesmen?

Nothing new to see here, move along..

Can't buy loyalty..

posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 10:28 AM
So if you are contracting for Combat Support with $360 does that $360 million get into the hands of bad guys...unless the bad guys were hired to perform Combat Support of the troops fighting against them.

Something doesn't add up.

If some of that money was used for construction....if the 1st building wasn't built...and the money ended up in the hands of bad guys.....why did they keep handing out money?

Some Officer should be held liable for his poor oversight of Federal Funds.

posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 01:19 PM
Isnt this ironic. Insugent's biggest supporter=US, lol
I guess we cant talk about Iran or Pakistan anymore.

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