• Let’s Waste $1.3 billion on the Afghan Police!

    January 14, 2015

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Military

    Operation Enduring Freedom

    A big part of the U.S. plan to “win” in Afghanistan after only 13 years of effort rests on the Afghan National Police (ANP).

    Alongside the Afghan Army (RIP), the police are supposed to hunt down the Taliban and preserve order inside the cities. The army, for what it is worth, is supposed to hunt down the Taliban outside the cities. This is so that Afghanistan can develop a “civil society” where the army and the police are different things with different roles. Just here in the Homeland.

    For the funs, this was the same plan in Iraq, and how’d that work out?

    Well, it seems the police thing in Afghanistan is headed toward about as much success as it has enjoyed in Iraq. Also like Iraq, that failure is very expensive. Or so says what must be the most depressed group of people in the U.S. government, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR just released an audit of U.S.-funded salary payments for the Afghan National Police (ANP), which total $1.3 billion.

    The audit found:

    –The U.S. is spending over $300 million annually for ANP salaries with little assurance that these funds are going to active police personnel or that the amounts paid are correct.

    –There are almost twice as many ANP identification cards in circulation as there are active police personnel.

    –After nine expensive years of effort, an electronic human resources system has still not been successfully implemented.

    –Reports have disclosed inflated police rosters, payments being made to more police personnel than are authorized in particular locations, and police personnel receiving inflated salaries.

    –20 percent of ANP personnel are at risk of not receiving their full salaries because they are paid in cash by a non-governmental agent, where as much as half of these payments are possibly diverted.

    –U.S. officials confirmed that over the past year they accepted, without question, all personnel totals provided by the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MOI).

    –Independent monitoring groups may have artificially inflated the percentage of successfully verified ANP personnel from 59 percent to as much as 84 percent.

    –The U.S. plans to continue for an open-ended period of time (“Until hell freezes over”) handing over $300 million in annual funding for ANP salaries.

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    • bloodypitchfork said...


      quote”The audit found:”unquote

      1. Nothing to see here..move on along.
      2. Same ole shit..different day.
      3. If you don’t like it..too fucking bad.
      4. Now, fill out your 1040 or we’ll kill you.
      5. WeMeantWell. not
      6. Corruption is SOP. Now STFU or we’ll kill you.
      7. You’re lucky we don’t have a draft.
      8. What’s in your wallet? Give it to us.

      01/14/15 1:56 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...



      9. Living proof the US is the DFCOTP.
      10. Laughter is the best medicine.

      01/14/15 1:58 PM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...


      What does “win” mean? Afghanistan will look just like Detroit?

      Osama Bin Laden is dead, and he wasn’t killed in Afghanistan. The guy in charge of that is now the head of the University of Texas system, so I suppose you could say he won.

      Why are we in Afghanistan?

      01/14/15 5:41 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      How much are we wasting on Congress? They don’t do shit either.

      01/14/15 8:59 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      01/15/15 1:09 PM | Comment Link

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      […] $300 million annually for police salaries with no audits to assure the funds are going to active police […]

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