• New Report: U.S. Aid to Afghanistan Basically Wasted or Stolen

    October 19, 2015

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Embassy/State

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    As Obama fails on another campaign promise, this one to end the war in Afghanistan, and as that war moves into its 15th year, it is important to remember the U.S. has spent around $110 billion (no one knows the exact amount due to poor record keeping) to “rebuild” that beleaguered nation, so far.

    We say “so far” in that the spending continues, and like the end of the war itself, as no foreseeable end date.


    So how is that rebuilding thingee going?

    Not well, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which issued a report saying “The Afghan private sector has thus far failed to fulfill its potential as an engine of economic growth or an instrument of social inclusion.”

    In addition to America tossing that $110 billion of taxpayer money into the hole, foreign aid groups have been flushing away $15.7 billion a year. Taken together, all that money now accounts for around 98 percent of the entire Afghan gross domestic product.

    In something of an understatement, the Stockholm report notes “Popular dissatisfaction with unequal access to economic resources, flawed public services and goods, the adverse security situation, and predatory government activity undermine an effective and sustainable private sector.”

    Among its other findings, the report blames foreign governments and aid groups for giving Afghans too much money, which they couldn’t spend wisely even if the country weren’t riddled with corruption. Intended to improve government and grow businesses, the report concludes the aid instead merely sustains kleptocrats.


    As for what the $110 billion of U.S. money could have purchased had it been spent to rebuild America, VICE notes it is enough to dig a new train tunnel under the Hudson River between New Jersey and Manhattan, lay a high-speed rail link from San Diego to Sacramento, reconstruct New Orleans’ levees after a storm like Hurricane Katrina, and still have around $10 billion left over to construct a few hundred schools from Chicago to Houston.



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    • John Poole said...

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      We need to create a WAA (Waraholic Anonymous Association) but maybe not. Most waraholics are out and proud and tout their affliction and addiction as good for the nation. – so the anonymous part wouldn’t apply. I guess we’ll just have to get used to having waraholics with us forever-sort of a Biblical resignation I guess.

      10/19/15 8:32 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Check out the news today on Homan Square in Chicago (The Guardian). We need to stop Mass Incarceration. Protests this coming weekend in NYC, Chicago and other areas. Stop Mass Incarceration, and the waraholics against all people of any color.

      10/19/15 8:59 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote” Intended to improve government and grow businesses, the report concludes the aid instead merely sustains kleptocrats.”unquote

      Says a report that every person on the planet already knew.

      Sheeezus, the plutiocrats in this country have been sucking the Afghanistan tit since Rosevelt. And it still is a stone age hellhole. Ya know, you’d think our country would be drowning in shame at what it’s done to these poor, miserable people who just want to be left alone. But noooooooooooooooooooooooo.. were gonna help them till every last one is dead.

      10/19/15 9:41 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”As for what the $110 billion of U.S. money could have purchased had it been spent to rebuild America, VICE notes it is enough to dig a new train tunnel under the Hudson River between New Jersey and Manhattan, lay a high-speed rail link from San Diego to Sacramento, reconstruct New Orleans’ levees after a storm like Hurricane Katrina, and still have around $10 billion left over to construct a few hundred schools from Chicago to Houston.”unquote

      Meanwhile, Murika shrugs and says…”Don’t bother me..I’m watching Keeping up with the Kardashians.

      10/19/15 9:48 AM | Comment Link

    • jim hruska said...

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      PVB,
      i sincerely believe that the Afgh gov’t, the opposition forces aka Taliban, and Pakistani ISI keep this war going just to suck bucks from all the sources that you mention.
      the last offensive that has O jumping thru his ass is probably a stage set piece in this effort.
      what a joke, but whose laughing?
      jim hruska

      10/19/15 10:28 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      As Obama fails on another campaign promise …” NOT Fails, but intentionally RENEGES! We’re back in the Nam, we Am!! We AM!!!

      10/19/15 11:35 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      7

      Pitch- “Breaking news on the Kunduz hospital bombing but first we go to the bedside of Lamar Odom where he is reportedly conscious. If we don’t get back to the Kunduz bombing before the break we’ll get to it…..maybe………like……next year- whatever. We promise to break in again when we know for sure that Kim’s has reached the hospital………

      This is the way the world ends- not with a bang but with an oogle….

      10/19/15 1:22 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      One “o” for ogle didn’t look right- sorry.

      10/19/15 1:29 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Barbie sales are down. Vote Killary!

      10/19/15 4:26 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      That’s NO Barbie; it’s Billary of Barbary, MENA!

      10/19/15 9:15 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      John Poole said…

      quote
      Pitch- “Breaking news on the Kunduz hospital bombing but first we go to the bedside of Lamar Odom where he is reportedly conscious. If we don’t get back to the Kunduz bombing before the break we’ll get to it…..maybe………like……next year- whatever. We promise to break in again when we know for sure that Kim’s has reached the hospital………unquote

      John… I’ll leave you with this and rest my case.

      quote”What did UCLA students find so outrageous as to warrant the violation of the fundamental right to free expression? A “Kanye Western” theme party where students wore costumes that parodied rap superstar Kanye West and his celebrity wife, Kim Kardashian. For this, UC student activists would squander their inheritance.”unquote
      http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/10/the-anti-free-speech-movement-at-ucla/410638/
      now.. pardon me while I laugh my ass off at the living proof of the DUMBEST FUCKING COUNTRY ON PLANET EARTH.

      10/20/15 9:21 PM | Comment Link

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