U.S wasted billions in Afghanistan,watchdog report says
The United States has invested billions of dollars in war-torn Afghanistan on houses and cars that have either been abandoned or lost, according to a study published Monday by the U.S. government watchdog.
The report said that just $1.2 billion of the $7.8 billion went to pay for buildings and vehicles that were used as intended.
The U.S. electorate is tired of the almost 20-year-old conflict, and President Joe Biden is evaluating a peace agreement that his predecessor, Donald Trump, negotiated with the Taliban a year earlier. He must determine whether to withdraw all the troops by 1 May, as promised in the agreement, or whether to stay and probably extend the battle.
Analyst Bill Roggio of the Long War Journal said the findings by SIGAR are not surprising. The reasons for the financial losses include Taliban attacks, corruption and “throwing money at the problem without considering the implications,” he said.
Torek Farhadi, a former advisor to the Afghan government, said that the “donor-know-best” attitude always existed and implied little or no coordination with the Afghan government on initiatives.
The injection of billions of dollars, mostly unmonitored, fueled rampant corruption by both Afghans and foreign contractors. But experts claim that despite the waste, the need for assistance is real, considering the deep dependency of the Afghan governments on foreign money.