$15B of your hard-earned money, gone. And that’s only the tip of the corrupt iceberg.
American taxpayers are out $15 billion. But that’s not even the worst part.
The worst part is that this massive outlay of cash had zero chance of helping the U.S., anyway.
And that’s because it was all invested in an overseas project to help a country that, quite frankly, has zero chance of being helped.
In a letter a government watchdog agency sent to Congress, we learn that our country wasted billions upon billions of dollars between 2008 and 2017.
It was noticed by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and the $15.5 billion is just the tip of the iceberg…
The agency has only examined $52.7 billion of the total $126 billion America spent on Afghanistan reconstruction efforts that “appear to have failed and wasted U.S. taxpayer dollars.”
That’s right, after further investigation, the numbers could get even worse. Via Breitbart:
“The major two efforts were to build and reform Afghan government institutions…
…which ‘often exacerbated conflicts, enabled corruption, and bolstered support for insurgents,’ and for counternarcotics programs that appear ‘to have done very little to stem the production and exportation of illicit drugs.‘
SIGAR noted that since this examination only covers their investigations that have already been completed, the $15.5 billion is only a ‘portion of the total waste, fraud, abuse, and failed efforts.’”
SIGAR representative Peter Welch (D-VT) added:
“The American people deserve a better understanding of where their money is going – to the black hole, known as Afghanistan.”
He also said that after seventeen years of this “endless war” in Afghanistan, the report in question “barely scratches the surface of its enormous human and financial toll.”
All this needs to stop. Immediately. We need to stop wasting immense cash, time, and human lives in trying to improve a country that won’t be improved.
Since when did this become our responsibility, anyway? We’ve got enough problems at home, don’t we?
Spread this around to ensure that everyone knows what’s going on … we can’t allow Afghanistan to continue draining our wallets!