• U.S. Can’t Say Whether or Not $759 Million Spent on Education in Afghanistan Helped Anything

    May 10, 2016

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    If at where you work you spent $759 million on something, and then told your boss you have no idea if anything was accomplished, and that the little data you do have is probably fraudulent, how might that work out for you?

    If you are the U.S. government in Afghanistan, you would actually have no problem at all. Just another day at the tip of freedom’s spear, pouring taxpayer cash-a-roni down freedom’s money hole.

    The ever-weary Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), chronicling U.S. government hearts and minds spending in Afghanistan over the last 15 years, issued a new audit on Department of Defense, State Department and USAID’s $759 million “investment” in primary and secondary education in Afghanistan. Here’s what they found:

    — While USAID had a defined strategy for primary and secondary education in Afghanistan, DOD and State did not. They just spent money here and there without adult oversight.

    — DOD, State, and USAID have not adequately assessed their efforts to support education in Afghanistan. DOD did not assess the effectiveness of its education efforts, and State only evaluated self-selected individual programs. Same for USAID.

    — Without such comprehensive assessments, DOD, State, and USAID are unable to determine the impact that the $759 million they have spent has had in improving Afghan education. They agencies do, however, continue to spend more money anyway.

    — In 2014, USAID cited Afghan government data showing increased student enrollment from 900,000 students in 2002 to a whopping million in 2013 as evidence of overall progress in the sector. Unfortunately, USAID cannot verify whether or not the Afghan data is reliable. In fact, both the Afghan Ministry of Education itself and independent assessments have raised significant concern that the education data is not true.

    Interest from the American public remains at exactly zero, because we don’t need no education about where our government spends our money.

    BONUS: Anyone’s town out there in America that would not benefit from a handful of cash out of that $759 million spent on Afghan schools? Flint? Newark? Philly? Bueller? Anyone?

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    • John Poole said...


      Sopko has been on the job as SIGAR since 2012. He still talks alot about what needs to be done. He knows it is hopeless but likes the salary. The Afghan military and leaders are no different than the South Vietnamese ones back in the ’60s. Remember how that turned out?

      05/10/16 9:53 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Hah, hah, the reason why this crap in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc., goes on is exactly because most Americans don’t remember.

      05/10/16 11:41 AM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...


      interest remains at zero thanks to the curious lack of reporting about this in virtually all the corporate media.

      05/10/16 10:05 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      Until Cheney/Halliburton and the whole Bush NO-BID Contract cabal are criminally crucified for their BushWars’ financial fraud, alone; no lesser war-profiteering corporate plutocratic CROOK$ need grately fear. & ‘Murcans is $0 STY00PID!

      05/10/16 10:06 AM | Comment Link

    • U.S. Can’t Say Whether or Not $759 Million Spent on Education in Af… | Dr. Roy Schestowitz (罗伊) said...


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      05/10/16 11:20 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Well..going to guess the elites in Afghanistan are grateful because the US taxpayer is footing their bill. But Mrs Clinton and we don’t believe in free college for Americans from working class families here in the US.

      Once upon a time, the Bush-Cheney admin actually had an interesting idea (guessing one they dusted off from a prior era of war?), leveraging education programs to ‘win hearts and minds.’ How did that work out? Instead of trying to spread good will and exposure to folks not normally in agreement with the US, we continued paying — largely — for elites from families already committed to us to get a free education.

      Mrs Clinton doesnt seem to be a fan of supporting higher education for her own countrymen who are working class. Certainly not for females unless from her own class. We have less American males going on for higher ed. This does not bode well.

      The money should not be going to support wealthy families in Afghanistan. I could understand poor folks. But first priority should be for Americans

      05/10/16 12:01 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Above I wrote partially on higher ed, but am guessing the so-called programs in-country in Afghanistan for primary and secondary ed — the ones that actually exist as opposed to being contractual figments of someone’s now-lined pockets — are benefiting the elite’s children in country as opposed to offering an open-education system for people from non-elite classes.

      05/10/16 12:17 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Tonight, my wife threatened to throw me on the street if I couldn’t explain where $4.63 went of our monthly budget to survive. I explained to her.. I needed to get shit faced drunk to keep from exploding in righteous anger and some how get arrested and thrown in jail for some kind of public outrage.

      05/10/16 6:06 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Helen Marshall said…
      “interest remains at zero thanks to the curious lack of reporting about this in virtually all the corporate media.”

      The only thing the Dumbest Country on the Planet is interested in is the next edition to Game of Thrones or if Beyonce really did have an affair.

      05/10/16 6:15 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Pitch, hey our POTUS says Beyonce runs the world. Poor bastard for envying the harlot of empire. Give me the name of your local booze supplier and I’ll send him a small donation to cover your bar costs for one session in these most bizarre times.

      05/10/16 6:59 PM | Comment Link

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      05/11/16 5:21 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      John Poole said…
      “Give me the name of your local booze supplier and I’ll send him a small donation to cover your bar costs for one session in these most bizarre times.”

      Haha. Thanks. Send it to any one of 100k bars in the US named the “Hideaway”. I’m a certified Hall of Fame member of the Hideaway Clubs of America. Oh, and add a tip for the bartender. He’ll faint. 🙂
      Btw, I have to apologize for that incoherent post. I was trying to relate how fucking angry I get over things like the subject matter of Peter’s post, and how I can’t even grasp the amount of money being wasted..ie.. $4.63 is a BIG deal in terms of MY world. In reality..it was a joke that didn’t work. Probably cause I was shitfaced. 🙂

      As for “bizarre” times, the current GOP frontrunner support in this country redefines the term. I’m completely convinced now that half this country are victims of a CIA drugrunning MkUltra LSD plot to put Trump in the White House. The only other explanation is they’ve been infected by brain sucking alien parasites. Either way.. the Walking Dead are exploding exponentially, and the only prevention is staying shitfaced.

      05/11/16 7:07 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Ah, hell, I feel guilty now. I’ll throw in the $4.63. In NYC you can’t get a napkin on the bar top for that, but I know money goes a lot further out in the Heartland.

      05/11/16 7:17 AM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...


      Ask SkipSo What Are We Doing in Afghanistan??

      05/14/16 5:10 PM | Comment Link

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