November 18th, 2010
07:50 PM ET

Afghan watchdog under fire

The man overseeing how billions of dollars are spent in Afghanistan is the wrong man for the job, a U.S. senator charged Thursday.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, criticized former Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Fields, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, as he appeared before her and other senators at a subcommittee hearing to examine the performance of his office.

That office oversees $56 billion in Afghanistan spent on projects including schools, roads and water plants. The U.S. plans to spend $16 billion more next year.

"I don't think you are the right person for this job," McCaskill told Fields after more than an hour of questioning. 

McCaskill had the support of at least one person in the visitors'
gallery.

"Fire that man, fire that man right away," called out an unidentified person who stalked out of the hearing.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. LarryKegel(US Army)

    It just shows we are trying to do the right thing there!!!

    November 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kerry

      Why must you use multiple exclamation marks?

      November 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel-2

    Just think of what that same $56B would do for our own economy! But the right-wing thugs in Washington would much rather pour it into Afghanistan so now we see where their priorities lie.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Preposterous.

      November 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BANGASH

    THIS KARZAI HAD ALREADY EXPOSED AND AHD ASKED WASHINGTON TO CONTROLE THESE DECOITS. 56 BILLIONS DOLLARS COULD HAVE TURNED ENTIRE AFGHANISTAN INTO A PARADISE ON EARTH PROVIDED IT HAD BEEN INVESTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFGHANISTAN. THIS EMBAZZLEMENT IN US FUNDS IS QUITE NATURAL AS CONTRACTORS ARE JUSTIFIED IN TAKING MAXIMUM RETURN FOR THEIR INVESTMENT. WHAT A STUPIDITY THAT SUCH HUGE MONEY OF AMERICAN TEXPAYERS IS SPENT ON KILLING OF INNOCENTS WHICH IN RETURN ADD TO HATE AGAINST THEM. THESE AGENTS OF MIC AND PENTAGON HAVE NOT ONLY DESTROYED THIS REGION BUT ALSO HAVE FACED USA WITH A THREAT TO HER SURVIVAL AS SUPER POWER IN THE WORLD. SO IF THIS PRACTICE CONTINUED IT WILL SURELY FACILITATE US DEMISE ON AFGHAN SOIL.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Good posting,BANGASH. I totally agree with you.

      November 19, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Clap-trap.

        November 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |