With the talks underway regarding the budget debt crisis and the most vulerable programs at risk on the cutting table – this article from Time/CNN about U.S. dollars spent on the war in Afghanistan got my attention ~ Last Wednesday the Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released a startling report …
The article is called “Afghan VIPs Steal $10 Million From You Every Day, in Cash”
“Afghan government VIPs stuff your tax dollars into suitcases and fly the money out of the Kabul airport to parts unknown, possibly at the rate of about $10 million bucks a day. That’s one of the startling conclusions in the latest report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released on Wednesday.
It says that the United States has pumped more than $70 billion into development projects in Afghanistan since 2002. A lot of that is converted to cash. But the United States has ‘limited visibility over U.S. cash that enters the economy — leaving it vulnerable to fraud and diversion to the insurgency.’ In other words, Afghans are stealing our money or giving it to other Afghans …”