Reading Time: 15 minutes Bowe Bergdahl’s story exemplifies government dysfunction, political posturing, and a failed American policy.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Afghan forces are unlikely to field enough pilots to fly US-supplied Black Hawk helicopters after planned US withdrawal.
Reading Time: 15 minutes Is there a way forward in Afghanistan? A conversation with Laurel E. Miller, a senior foreign policy expert at RAND.
Reading Time: 4 minutes A new government report concludes that the US’s ongoing effort — now in its 17th year — to stabilize and reconstruct Afghanistan has been marred by misspending, corruption, and incompetence.
Reading Time: 20 minutes A look at how the US has favored and funded terror groups since long before 9/11.
Reading Time: 2 minutes US leaders love to proclaim their full-throated support for the troops. Yet these same leaders never seem to miss an opportunity to send them to defend “American values” where they are not under attack. The toll on the lives of these young men and women and their families is devastating.
Reading Time: 2 minutes President Donald Trump commemorated the 16th anniversary of America’s longest and costliest war by deploying an additional 3500 troops — a $1 billion annual investment to prolong US involvement in Afghanistan.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Furthering our mission to expose the story behind today’s headlines, we explore the background of President Donald Trump’s friend and fellow billionaire Erik Prince.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s foreign policy message wasn’t always consistent, but he was seen as an anti-interventionist compared to his opponent Hillary Clinton. Now in the White House, as with many presidents before him, that’s all going down the drain.
Reading Time: 5 minutes We’re not “winning” the war in Afghanistan, and President Donald Trump — perhaps enchanted by that country’s mineral reserves — is thinking of firing the commander of US forces there. He may also send in more troops. Will his ambitions cost more lives?
Reading Time: 4 minutes The US has invested heavily in building health facilities in Afghanistan, yet the agency responsible for oversight can’t even locate many of them on the map. When they can find them, they often are in disrepair and lack basic utilities.
Reading Time: 8 minutes The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has been warning for years that the multi-billion dollar rebuilding effort by the US was awash in waste, fraud and corruption that has helped the Taliban thrive. Why is this kind of issue not at the heart of the 2016 presidential debate?
Reading Time: 3 minutes The 9/11 attacks triggered a series of events that ended up killing, wounding and displacing hundreds of thousands, cost trillions of dollars, eroded civil liberties, diminished the US’s standing abroad and created a new generation of terrorists.
Reading Time: 1 minute Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko will testify before the Senate today. Here is what he is going to tell lawmakers about a Pentagon money pit.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Instead of living on US military bases at a relatively small cost, the employees of a controversial Pentagon program luxuriated in private villas at a cost of $150 million to taxpayers.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Among the many failed US projects in Afghanistan, a $43 million gas station stands out. And the sheer waste of taxpayer money is not even the worst thing about this boondoggle.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Wasting billions of dollars in taxes is standard operating procedure for the US government. It has spent more on Afghanistan than on the entire Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II. Where are these staggering amounts going? In this strikingly candid interview, John Sopko, a former federal prosecutor and currently the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction lets loose an amazing commentary on what he and his inspectors are finding. This is a must-listen. Even the most jaded will be astonished to hear.
Reading Time: 5 minutes In an exclusive interview, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction tells WhoWhatWhy about some of the worst wastes of taxpayer money, decries the lack of accountability and praises whistleblowers.
Reading Time: 2 minutes For the umpteenth time, a plan to “get out of Afghanistan” is being thwarted by the Pentagon. What do the generals know that the rest of us don’t.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) recently found that half of all the money poured into reconstruction efforts has been wasted, misappropriated, or missing. The embassy in Kabul responded with bold moves to recuperate the funds: ordering SIGAR to cut its staff by 40 percent.