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    Re: US troops coming home? Obama to say on Wednesday

    today: us aid money goes to afghan militants

    The United States' inability to control the billions of dollars of American aid flowing into Afghanistan every year is increasing the risk that some of that money is inadvertently fueling the Afghan insurgency, according to a scathing new report by one of the U.S. government's own watchdogs.

    The audit by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction paints a dispiriting picture of a massive U.S. aid effort that's effectiveness has been seriously impaired by a lack of effective oversight and an Afghan government that refuses to rein in corruption.

    The United States has spent more than $70 billion on security assistance and development projects in Afghanistan since 2002, and the Obama administration has made clear that it will continue sending extensive financial aid to the impoverished country even after the U.S.-led war winds down in 2014. Absent far-reaching policy changes, the report says much of that money may be misspent, embezzled, or passed into the hands of the country’s militants.

    “While U.S. agencies have taken steps to strengthen their oversight of U.S. funds flowing through the Afghan economy, they still have limited visibility over the circulation of these funds, leaving them vulnerable to fraud or diversion to insurgents,” the staff of acting Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction Herbert Richardson wrote in the report released on Wednesday. “We found that agencies have not instituted sufficient controls over U.S. funds, limiting their oversight.”

    The political debate over Afghanistan focuses on the uncertain state of the U.S.-led military campaign, but the report concentrates on an equally important aspect of the broader war effort: the ongoing U.S. push to find ways of limiting the endemic corruption sapping public confidence in President Hamid Karzai's government.

    Indeed, the new audit—the product of nearly eight months of work by U.S. investigators—highlights multiple instances where the Karzai government went out of its way to hamper anti-corruption efforts.

    The report made clear that the Afghans don’t deserve all of the blame, however. It criticized the United States for failing to record the serial numbers of the aid money given to contractors and other recipients, making it virtually impossible to track the money’s movement. The report also faulted the United States for allowing prime contractors to pay their Afghan partners through unlicensed wire-transfer companies, again making it difficult to ensure aid money ends up in the right hands.
    Watchdog Says U.S. Aid Money in Afghanistan May Be Fueling Insurgency - Yochi J. Dreazen - NationalJournal.com

    the ig goes on to characterize the state of the kabul aiport as chaotic, with uncounted hundreds of thousands of dollars flying out routinely

    fyi

    afghanization, anyone?

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    Re: US troops coming home? Obama to say on Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    today: us aid money goes to afghan militants
    So you agree with me that we should end all our me wars immediately! That's super Prof!

    Now which credible candidate is proposing that???

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    agree with whom?

    LOL!

    aghanistan---OBAMA's WAR---is a loser, american casualties are up 400% since the slasher ESCALATED

    for what?

    how's libya working out, peace lovers?

    days not weeks?

    nato not us?

    it's NOT hostilities?

    party on, progressives, be proud

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    Re: US troops coming home? Obama to say on Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    agree with whom?

    LOL!

    aghanistan---OBAMA's WAR---is a loser, american casualties are up 400% since the slasher ESCALATED

    for what?

    how's libya working out, peace lovers?

    days not weeks?

    nato not us?

    it's NOT hostilities?

    party on, progressives, be proud

    I am impressed with your anti-war position Prof.

    When did you first become anti-war? Show us your alternative? Which credible candidate is proposing less war and military funding than Obama?
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    Re: US troops coming home? Obama to say on Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    I am impressed with your anti-war position
    you're gonna make me puke

    party on, peaceniks

    pray for the martyrs of OBAMA'S WAR---afghanistan

    and good luck making any sense outta libya

    the commander in chief is clueless

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    Re: US troops coming home? Obama to say on Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    you're gonna make me puke

    party on, peaceniks

    pray for the martyrs of OBAMA'S WAR---afghanistan

    and good luck making any sense outta libya

    the commander in chief is clueless


    Make up your mind. Are you pro war or anti-war?

    Easy question for someone who is not a political hack and believes in what he's posting. Come on show us you are not just a political hack, state your position for once.

    Cat got your tongue?
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    Re: US troops coming home? Obama to say on Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    I am impressed with your anti-war position Prof.

    When did you first become anti-war? Show us your alternative? Which credible candidate is proposing less war and military funding than Obama?

    Where is Obama saying he will pull out? Wait thats right he will use it to win the election and do it next year during the election season. What a partisan ass

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    Re: US troops coming home? Obama to say on Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    Where is Obama saying he will pull out? Wait thats right he will use it to win the election and do it next year during the election season. What a partisan ass

    So like me, you support immediate withdrawal from both our Middle East wars?
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    Re: US troops coming home? Obama to say on Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    So like me, you support immediate withdrawal from both our Middle East wars?
    No I support kicking terrorists ass

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    Re: US troops coming home? Obama to say on Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    No I support kicking terrorists ass
    Well here you said, "Where is Obama saying he will pull out? Wait thats right he will use it to win the election and do it next year during the election season. What a partisan ass."

    Which is it, do you want to pull out now as I do? Or are you just taking that position as a dishonest political hack?
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