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The Washington Post Piece About the ‘Wasted’ Tens of Billions of Dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Posted By admin On September 4, 2011 @ 3:46 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

Cryptogon [1]
Sunday, September 4, 2011

There are, however, a few metrics by which “victory” for the U.S. in Afghanistan may be measured.

First of all, the fact that mayhem continues is a victory for the corporations that profit from the absurd war-related contracts.

There’s the unknown billions of heroin related dollars that are generated from covert operations in Afghanistan. The transformation of Afghanistan into a narcostate is a victory for black money operators.

Ultimately, victory will mean that Afghanistan becomes pacified in a manner that facilities effortless corporate rape. The purpose of the U.S. military is to tie the victim down. Then the people in the suits step into the room…

The Runaway General [2]

Since the U.S. spends $20 billion per year for air conditioning in tents in Iraq and Afghanistan [3], to place the total amount of wasted money in both conflicts at $30 billion is just about the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read.

This “waste” is one of the core reasons of why 9/11 happened in the first place. The other two, if you ask me, are energy and drugs.

Here’s a more useful number to consider:

Cost of U.S. Wars Since 2001
$1,244,793,453,106

Via: Washington Post [5]:

At least one in every six dollars of U.S. spending for contracts and grants in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade, or more than $30 billion, has been wasted. And at least that much could again turn into waste if the host governments are unable or unwilling to sustain U.S.-funded projects after our involvement ends.

Those sobering but conservative numbers are a key finding of the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will submit its report to Congress on Wednesday. All eight commissioners agree that major changes in law and policy are needed to avoid confusion and waste in the next contingency, whether it involves armed struggle overseas or response to disasters at home.

Tens of billions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted through poor planning, vague and shifting requirements, inadequate competition, substandard contract management and oversight, lax accountability, weak interagency coordination, and subpar performance or outright misconduct by some contractors and federal employees. Both government and contractors need to do better.

Our final report shows that the costs of contracting waste and fraud extend beyond the disservice to taxpayers. The costs include diminishing for U.S. military, diplomatic and development efforts; fostering corruption in host countries; and undermining U.S. standing and influence overseas.


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URLs in this post:

[1] Cryptogon: http://cryptogon.com/

[2] The Runaway General: http://cryptogon.com/?p=16152

[3] $20 billion per year for air conditioning in tents in Iraq and Afghanistan: http://cryptogon.com/?p=16709

[4] www.costofwar.com: http://www.costofwar.com/

[5] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/reducing-waste-in-wartime-contracts/2011/08/26/gIQAyqQhlJ_story.html

[6] U.S. Wasted Billions in Rebuilding Iraq: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-wasted-billions-in-rebuilding-iraq.html

[7] US military wasted taxpayer money in Iraq: report: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-military-wasted-taxpayer-money-in-iraq-report.html

[8] The US Government Can’t Account For Billions Spent In Afghanistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-us-government-cant-account-for-billions-spent-in-afghanistan.html

[9] Software for Pentagon Costs Americans Tens of Billions of Dollars Per Year, Winds Up Being Owned by Corporations: http://www.prisonplanet.com/software-for-pentagon-costs-americans-tens-of-billions-of-dollars-per-year-winds-up-being-owned-by-corporations.html

[10] Afghanistan war costs to top Iraq by 2010: http://www.prisonplanet.com/afghanistan-war-costs-to-top-iraq-by-2010.html

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