September 9th, 2011
09:36 AM ET

Report: Billions spent in Afghanistan with little knowledge of costs

Billions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer funds are being spent to send diplomats and other civilians to Afghanistan without proper understanding of how the money is spent and how expenses may keep going up, a new report concludes.

"No agency has comprehensively assessed the cost of establishing and sustaining the civilian uplift or the mechanisms in place to ensure uplift funds are used appropriately," the report said, pointing out that most of the civilians and the expenses are part of the State Department. "Uplift" is a government term for bringing more civilians into the war zone.

"State had neither established formal mechanisms with other agencies regarding their use of civilian uplift funds nor monitored how agencies spent funds and instead relied on informal communications such as emails and meetings," the report said. "As a result, this increased the risk that funds would not be spent for their intended purpose."

The report was a joint effort by the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR) and the State Department inspector general.

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  1. Pash

    1.5 million civilians have been killed in the war with Afghanistan and Iraq. i feel like a criminal for paying for these wars when this many civilians get killed, on top of that the lies our government tells us just to go to war. Iraq was uncalled for. Afghanistan was uncalled for. who asked the US to help with freedom? why go to afghanistan? osama? HA! look where they found osama! im not infavor or wars. US gives over 3 billions of dollars in aid to israel, for what? when there are millions of starving kids, families, homless soldiers who have came back from war to nothing, not even the government helping them. stop these unnecessary wars and stop killing young soldiers and civilians overseas.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NucularInternets

    Perhaps the CIA should pull off some La Coubre crap and start WWIII against China, then?

    September 12, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Tell me something, Nucularinternets. Exactly who in their right mind would want a with China anyway? If China wasn't do so well economically right now, our economy would be a far worse shape than currently is the case! Besides, unlike us, the Chinese are not so stupid as to drag their country into foreign wars halfway around the world where they have absolutely no business!!!

      September 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        First off: Successful troll.

        Secondly, lrn2grammerrz.

        Finally, last time I checked, terrorists were not flying aircraft into buildings in Beijing. You obviously do not care about the danger the people of Afghanistan were and are still in, you obviously do not know the threat Pakistan brings to the table, and you obviously do not understand what our mission to Afghanistan really is. Try again, sweetie.

        September 12, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        China had no attacks like 9/11 as they are not trying to influence those middle east countries, but their simple policy is to deal with the actual leadership in the assumption that it reflects the people's will. They had some minor attack, but it was related to inside muslim population.

        September 13, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. salerno

    Some people think that wars are good for economy because they provide some stimulous through government spending.
    This opinion is supported by the fact that US went out of depression finally after WWII.
    But at that time the globalization and the US supremacy were still at the beginning. Totally different now.
    The US soldiers killed are still to few to solve the jobless problem. If Obama was a true warmonger instead of a simple amateur, he would have declared war to some big country like Cina or Russia. That could have provided more stimulous
    to the economy and more US soldiers cwould be dead.improoving at least the jobless situation.

    September 12, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • D. A. N.

      Your an IDIOT! The depression was not in effect even in the beginning of WWII, STUPID! And we lost 50,000 lives in WWII, surely not enough to help in a stagnant economy, IDIOT! Also like all wars we have been involved in were NEVER started because of economic problems, STUPIDO! We have only gotten into wars because of our commitment to freedom and democracy! AND ALL THOSE WHO FIGHT AGAINST THEM WILL SURELY BE DEFEATED NOT ONLY BY THE USA, BUT ALSO EVERY COUNTRY THAT UPHOLDS THESE RIGHTS FOR THEIR PEOPLE! ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS WHO FIGHT AGAINST THESE RIGHTS WILL SURELY DIE ALONG WITH THEIR HATEFUL IDEOLOGY!

      September 12, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        No matter of your belief that Islam will rule with ruthless killings and the maiming of people who do not follow the same beliefs as you and your Taliban friends along with all Islamic terrorists who believe that they will defeat the infidel your man made truth of 360* and all who have unconditional faith in it will surely die a painful death and subject themselves to the fiery pit and eternal hell! Yes the fire that will not be quenched!

        September 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I love when Dan becomes so angry. It is a well known fact by the economists that only after WWII there was a full recovery from depression. At that time the war provided a stimulouse for the economy, but now it is totally different. We are at a late stage of globalization and US economy is lagging the others. You cannot grow with a debt near the 90% of GDP. After 9/11 muslims countries grew faster that US and their stock market had wonderfull result. I am talking of Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, Giordan, Turkey and even Pakistan. Even countries like Norway, Canada and Australia overmatched USA.

      September 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        Egypt is mostly a broken economy without the help from the west. Jordan needs to grasp political reform if it wants to survive. Indonesia and Pakistan has it's own problem with Islamic fundamentalism and must tackle it if they want to survive. Malaysia and Turkey have a long way to go before they become economic giants! As for America and coming out of the depression it happened in 1939 two and a half years before we WERE ATTACKED which brought us into the war as what happened when we got involved in Afghanistan. AND THE ONLY THING THAT GETS ME ANGRY IS THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO SUPPORT THE EVIL THAT EXISTS IN THE TALIBAN AND THEIR TERRORIST ALLIES!

        September 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        DAN – after 9/11 indonesia stock market ( I refer to the ETF Indonesia fund) gained 1200%. 10,000 dollar invested turned in 120,000$ today.

        September 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      In WWII USA did not lose 50.000 lives, but 292,131

      September 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NucularInternets

    Cut taxes - Don't do anything with saved money.

    This is why taxes should be higher, for everyone...

    September 11, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Do you mean that higher taxation will lead the consumer to spend more ?

      September 11, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        Of course. I don't pay taxes myself but when I do I bloody well won't care if I'm paying 50% or so. And why do you care about taxes? You've never owned a job.

        September 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ++

      @Nuc: nice!

      to our literal minded trolls: look up irony.

      September 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I have not strong opinion about taxes, but lowering tax for repatriation of capital will be good for US economy.
      Reagan and GW Bush did a good job lowering taxes, but the real problem is the debt, the outsourcing (farms are not investing in USA), the war-related expenses. When the debt is near 90% of GDP, the economy cannot grow.
      After 9/11 the muslim countries had a better grow and stock market returns that USA. Look at Indonesia, Malesya, Turkey, Giordan, Egypt,even Pakistan.

      September 12, 2011 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        lol trickle down economics worked out so well in both cases amirite?

        September 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Reagan paved the way for the most meaningfull economic boom in USA. GW Bush did the mistake of prolonged war that Regan avoided. He was involved in Panama, Libya, Lebanon, but for little tiime.

        September 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steffo

    Who cares about God... That's the biggest con here, both the Americans and their 'enemies' use it. No God, no problem – we went to war for weapons that never existed, a cause that never existed and a god... that nobody has ever seen. There is a theme here. Educate! Despite evolution and dinosaurs, people still believe in and die for 'the afterlife' and the 'man is the sky'WAKE UP PEOPLE – Do you see the leaders of these movements/governments fighting and blowing themselves up? No, that's for YOU to do.

    September 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      Dear Steffo, there is live after die, but never god says you kill yourself, god says you respect others that others would respect you no matter if they are muslims or no. did you get it or you need to be more clearified to you,

      regards
      from Kabul

      September 11, 2011 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I don't want to speculate about God or afterlife, but what Steffo said is at least partially true.
      It is true that the leaders are not those willing to sacrifie their lives, a part some muslims like Bin Laden or Mullah Omar, who were real fighters.

      September 11, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jesse Cook

    Arman, by posting those nasty pictures above, aren't you afraid of making those broads in the U.S. military awfully jealous?

    September 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ++

    same old same old

    same trolls same drivel

    September 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bledsoe

    I think that by your posting all these pictures here, you're trying to make all of our troops become quite glassy-eyed upon seeing them.

    September 10, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. George Patton

    Knowing the right-wing thugs in Washington, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Now all this needless military spending is coming back to bite them, but it will continue, nonetheless, while our infrastructure here at home falls apart, our schools closing and both police and fire rescue services being curtailed!!!

    September 9, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Democracy is not a receipt against corruption. There are many interests connected with the invasion of other countries, but it is unbelievable how deceived are the american people supporting US foreign policy.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        LET IT BE KNOWN THAT THE USA AND THEIR ALLIES WILL ATTACK ANY AND EVERY COUNTRY THAT HARBORS AND SUPPORTS TERRORISM AND THAT EVERYONE INVOLVED IN TERRORISM WILL HAVE THE SAME FATE AS BIN LADEN AND RESIDE IN HELL FOREVER!

        September 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        God will repay the evil 360 cult with it's own desire of death and destruction of innocent people. They who wish the death of others shall pay for it just as bin Laden did and is in the eternal fiery pit! You may pray to a different god, but that does not give you the right to kill! AND YOU ALL SHALL PAY FOR YOUR HATEFUL IDEOLOGY! ASK A TRUE MUSLIM AND HE WILL TELL YOU OF YOUR FATE IF YOU CONTINUE IN YOUR DEATH AND DESTRUCTION OF OTHERS! AS WE HELP AFGHANISTAN TO BECOME A NATION THAT NOT ONLY CARES FOR IT'S OWN PEOPLE, BUT THE WORLD AS A COMMUNITY YOUR FRIENDS THE TALIBAN AND THEIR TERRORIST ALLIES CONTINUE IN THEIR DEATH AND DESTRUCTION WITHOUT A CARE OR FEAR OF WHAT GOD WILL DO TO YOU ALL! JUST WAIT AND YOU SHALL KNOW!

        September 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        360* truth as you call it has NO control over me, but it surely has control of many Muslim fundamentalists who are willing to kill themselves in order to kill others. What a SICK truth!

        September 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        No balance needed, God knows what is in my heart, mind and soul as he does for you all and surely you all will pay the price for all your hateful killings and maiming of people no matter if they were guilty of sin or not! IT IS NOT YOUR DUTY TO KILL OR MAIM ANYONE FOR THAT MATTER!

        September 11, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
      • nugha

        There you go have fun pulling out of your a.s.s like usual, not knowing anything about infrared or evolution. Angles are evolved, or survived mutation so evolved. Your stupid madrasa infected mind believes in blessing of al lie, it is not to late to wake up from I -shalim.

        September 11, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
      • nugha

        Apparently nothing can be better example of uselessness of your parents child. Only one lacking elementary knoledge is you, who fabricates and makes up his own rules for words and science and aallh the recycled word to suit his own soul (desire) to justify religion. Many examples of evolution, commonly applied to life. simple causes such as survived mutation or growth due in time due to natural curve. Only slave is you to your a-slum, coming from canaan and babylonia. No need to use such silly words like allh to be in truth as much as possible, such as your human made concept, ignorant of human ignorance and unknown like you and i both possess..

        September 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • nugha

        Its funny that you call it denial of truth 360* fact, when you yourself are at best at speculation. Donot kid yourself. Our belief is always by our own admission. However look at aslam and tell me timewise when it comes into practice amongst other abhahamic religion. Rekindered to suit those whose mind was immersed in quarrel allready. Combining elements and using brute force to manipulation. If I am wrong, good. old egyptian god IAH – old syrian god yaw for god of the sea. and jibril, who could have been jabal, old syrian sun god, jabal meaning god of the mountain, where muhammad received revealations. I do not believe this last part, but it is worth a look. No harm in exploring all possibilities, as we may neve

        September 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |