Skip to comments.U.S. money is Taliban's No. 2 revenue source
Posted on 09/02/2011 10:02:03 AM PDT by george76
It's no secret that war is expensive, but a report out Wednesday says the U.S. has wasted billions in Iraq and Afghanistan. More tax dollars will go down the drain unless the government makes big changes... Today, a blue ribbon commission put a number on how much has been lost not to violence but to mismanagement and corruption.
Commission on Wartime Contracting Chairman Christopher Shays says: "We are wasting between $30 and $60 billion during the course of our engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Shays says $30 billion in waste can be documented; Everything from leasing four-wheel vehicles at "grossly exorbitant rates" of about $40,000 a year, to a $124 million prison renovation that was never finished. The larger $60 billion figure includes an estimate of how much money lined the pockets of corrupt officials and even the enemy.
The commission was told that except for the opium harvest, U.S. contracts were the Taliban's biggest source of funds. A separate investigation estimated $360 million has ended up in the hands of the taliban..
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Since Obama and good Democrats have been in charge since Jan. 2009, doesn’t this become their fault?
Even if the liberals want to say that these bad things started happening while Bush was president, what does it say about the leadership of this president that he has not fixed this glaring problem???????
And on any issue for which we hear that Bush was to blame, Obama inherited problems, etc., a good question would be: What exactly has the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress done to fix all of these alleged problems??????
End that funding source and the "war" is over and we won't need to be robbed of our "nation building" dollars.
BTW, the Afghanis have a Pakhtun phrase for American forces that roughly translates to “walking ATM”.
You aren’t going to chance any of this. Oh yea, you can but nobody wants to make it happen & it ain’t at a ballot box - it’s an ammo box.
Oboma is funding and supporting the very people that forced us into Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place! He's aiding the muslim brotherhood who was responsible for attacking us on 9/11!!
Simple and obvious question. Why isn’t the Taliban[Afghanistan] on the terrorist list.
Take away the mark up and all you have is a few rabble raisers fistacating each other.
So, we're actually fueling the 1st and the 2nd biggest sources of income for the Taliban.
The filthy commie Rats, had the house since the 06 Midterms and NOTHING is said,we need to have Adult US citizens defending out Point in this not communist Lackeys!
The solution to this is so simple.
1. Salt the poppy fields with a nice BASF product called “Sahara DG.” Lay down a nice, heavy application rate guaranteed to result in bare ground for at least five years.
2. Leave. Just pack up and leave.
If we can't fight the war with a winning strategy, we need to pull out.
Ammo boxes are about tactics, body counts are about strategy.
You’re way too nice. I said that we should equip drones with spraying equipment and spray persistent nerve agent over all of Afghanistan for the next five years to make sure that nothing can live there. But that’s just me, and I wrote that when I wasn’t mad about losing so many good young people who are trying to help the dumbass Afghans.
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Ron Paul is just crazy on foreign policy... /sarcasm