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July 29, 2015

$104.1 Billion Marked So Far for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Watchdog Says

Appropriations on the U.S. effort to rebuild Afghanistan have totaled $104.1 billion, not including the $5.8 billion requested for fiscal 2015 by the White House, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The latest quarterly report from SIGAR not only totals up the dollars allocated and spent, but examines a wide range of issues for the war-torn country.

Stars and Stripes notes the report’s assessment that the Afghanistan reconstruction effort will end up costing more than the Marshall Plan in current dollars. The report offers this caveat, though:

One critical difference should be noted: unlike Afghan-reconstruction funding, the Marshall Plan was not concerned with building and sustaining host-country armies and national police. But comparing the real purchasing-power funding of the two assistance programs does illustrate the scale of the U.S. aid effort in Afghanistan.

The bulk of the $104 billion in appropriations — nearly $62 billion — has gone to the Afghan National Security Forces, SIGAR says. Another $7.6 billion has been allocated to counternarcotics, an effort that SIGAR is seriously questioning:

The narcotics trade is poisoning the Afghan financial sector and undermining the Afghan state’s legitimacy by stoking corruption. SIGAR continues to express concerns that U.S. programs crucial to the counternarcotics efforts have made limited progress and may not be sustainable.

Other items reported:

  • Afghanistan’s GDP growth has slowed significantly over the last year.
  • SIGAR is concerned about the accuracy of the data provided on Afghanistan’s educational system.
  • Life expectancy in Afghanistan might not be increasing as much as reports have indicated.

A section-by-section breakdown of the report is also available.

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  1. Carroll Barber

    July 30, 2014
    2:13 p.m.

    Just nuke’m and be done with it! :)

  2. pitch1934

    July 30, 2014
    7:53 p.m.

    Why don’t you use some of that oil money we were supposed to get from Iraq to pay for that war?

  3. Malcolm Kantzler

    July 30, 2014
    8:47 p.m.

    The history on this kind of spending has generally been poor, and what’s going to be different in one of the most corrupt and un-policed nations on the globe? Naught, except for security firms and corrupt Afghan politicians and military members who will profit and have the means to increase their hold, hardly benefitting the evolution of a peaceful democracy and the mass of the Afghan people. Another foreign- / war-policy waste of a lot of money that could do a lot of good right here at home or anywhere beside those corrupted pockets.

    Americans are being told, by the policy makers who serve you know whom, that terrorists threats are everywhere. It has become an assumptive preposition to everything that is done in the strategic military sense, and to throw money at the problem is always the leading easy answer. We’re being told by the people who failed to do the right things in Iraq after they did the wrong thing by invading, that most of the violence cascading there now is evidence of a massive terrorist base being created whose prime target is to attack America. Where is the evidence of that? It looks like ethnic minorities being excluded by al-Maliki saying they will not go away.

    The presumptive threat of terrorists focused on America, anywhere and everywhere, must be shed in favor of policies and responses based upon evidence, and it’s highly unlikely that any evidence of any group planning to attack America will be found anywhere in the conflicts until after these groups are finished securing their rightful place in the systems that control their own territories and futures, and America is best not to be seen stirring the pot as that picture develops.

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