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.