Yesterday’s Quarterly Report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan had a very different tone from the President’s remarks regarding transparency on efforts in the Middle East. While it may be true, as Trump claims, that “We no longer tell our enemies our plans,” according to the SIGAR report, we’re no longer telling Congress, much less the American people, either.
In the latest release from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the agency found that recent U.S.-funded economic development projects in the Middle Eastern country have been largely unsuccessful, and with little to show for the $823 million appropriated to the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, a temporary organization tasked from 2010 through 2014 with executing economic development projects in Afghanistan.
After 15 years and $110 billion, the scorecard of successes for U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan has tallied yet another loss. A second sergeant was recently sentenced in connection with a bribery and money laundering scandal involving over $30 million in contract awards at the Humanitarian Air Yard at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. The story caught just a blip of coverage, but it offers a sense of the troubles that continue to face American efforts.
Despite billions spent on failed reconstruction projects, military personnel and national police officers in Afghanistan face a dire shortage of coats and other winter gear, according to a letter of initial findings published last week by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
Amidst bad data and abundant opium, threats of SIGAR staffing cuts challenge the promise of women’s programs and reconstruction efforts.
Joseph Durso sent this request to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction of the United States of America
Beryl Lipton sent this request to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction of the United States of America