September 23rd, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Senators want Afghanistan contract watchdog removed

Four US senators called on President Obama to fire the man watching over tens of billions of dollars for reconstruction of Afghanistan.

The one Democrat and three Republicans said they want Arnold Fields dismissed as Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

"It has been clear for several months that SIGAR's mission is not being served effectively…. SIGAR would be better served with new leadership," the letter to Mr. Obama states.

The four Senators signing the letter were Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Charles Grassley (R-IA). The letter indicated the senators had written twice previously about concerns regarding the agency.

"We urge you to act now," the letter said. "We are disappointed by your Administration's ongoing failure to take decisive action to make changes at SIGAR," the Senators wrote.

A spokeswoman for SIGAR said Fields had been on a plane to Afghanistan Thursday and was not immediately available for comment.

The Senators' demand for Fields ouster comes amidst growing concerns about corruption in Afghanistan and the inability of the US to keep track of how the billions of dollars it has invested in reconstruction are spent. The U.S. taxpayer spent more than $51-billion on Afghanistan reconstruction between 2002 and 2010, with much of that going to training Afghanistan security forces. President Obama's recent budget requests asked for an additional $20-billion, according to the SIGAR website.

An earlier audit of SIGAR by Inspectors General from other federal agencies found it fell short of some professional standards. Fields himself had requested that audit which was unusual for such a young agency, one formed only in 2008.

"We observed deficiencies and significant noncompliance with these standards," that report said from the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.

The Senators said the report found numerous problems with SIGAR's work.

"The reviews also found that the agency has no meaningful strategic plan for their audits and investigations and that leadership at SIGAR remains more concerned with the quantity of their work rather than the quality," the senators said in their letter.

In a letter for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Fields says he has accepted all the recommendations in the report, calling them "invaluable in helping us operate more efficiently and effectively."

He said in that August 6th letter on the SIGAR website that many changes had been made already and that he expected all to be addressed by the end of this month.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. TRUTH

    IDIOT to HUMAN dialogue DICTIONARY. For those of you who are new to this board, here is a handy reference to what he is saying. 

    He hides behind lies and made up words to preach his hate every day on this forum because there is no moderator. This is a complete list of his entire knowledge and vocabulary, quite pathetic and laughable as it is...

    "360" means his version of taliban islam, the enemy of real islam. The goal is to serve demon masters as slaves by corrupting yourself with lies and evil deeds every waking moment, but you have to be arrogant about your chosen life and insult everyone. He is here to recruit by convincing readers that this is better than 180 through endless insults and hate preaching. Truth about 360 is the most haram of truths.  

    "180" means Truth and all good in the world, including the idea of God.

    "hindu" means anyone who is not a slave in 360.

    "pot head man gods" are the fit and tanned men of California he sees on TV with big muscles, nice cars and cute girlfriends. He is very jealous of this but also attracted, a strange mix which makes him rage.

    "hypocracy" means breathing to him.

    "prosthelytizing" is haram and means writing on CNN unless it is in praise of 360.  See also hypocracy.

    "haram" means forbidden, such as telling the truth, working or taking joy in anything which is not a crime.  Crime is not haram but is encouraged, robbery is the only permitted way of obtaining what you need. 

    "cow mama dung" means his mother's cooking and also the gospel of any belief system other than 360, both of which he hates.

    "filthy" means he is having those man-donkey love thoughts again.

    "pharisee" means any teacher of religion who is not teaching 360. He does not view 360 as a religion but as the only permitted way of existance.

    "human" only the believers of 360 in his deranged mind. This makes his crimes against the rest seem justified. 

    Quite an absurd system the way it all fits together right?! Remember these are not my views, these are just notes of is real meaning based on having read way way too many of his deranged posts on these boards. Reasoning with him is like asking a rock to float, reason is not within his nature. He pretends like ending this war is what he wants, it is just another lie, he wants the destruction of everyone who does not convert to 360. THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE! 

    September 26, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    WHY are the American taxpayers putting ten's of Billions of Taxpayer dollars into the pockets of utterly corrupt no-bid contractors in Afghanistan as a result of the utterly corrupt Republican administration of Bush-Cheney?

    Rebuild Afghanistan?

    While the same utterly corrupt Republican politicians are attempting to cut food stamps to millions of American familys unable to even feed their children?

    While the same utterly corrupt Republican politicians are blocking and obstructing federal unemployment extensions to millions of American workers unable to find any jobs?

    While the same utterly corrupt Republican politicians are blocking Congressional bills from passing in the US Senate chambers which would help fund States teetering on the utter brink of bankruptcy to rebuild and repair Schools, Librarys, Police Dept's, Fire Dept's, Dams, Harbors, Levees and Bridges?

    America has no reason nor justification for rebuilding Afghanistan other than the utterly corrupt Bush-Cheney administration placing those hundreds of Billions of taxpayer dollars into the pockets of Halliburton and a small group of special corporate interests thru a no-bid process.

    Pull the Plug on this obscene abuse of the American people and the American taxpayers.

    September 25, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • soldier

      Smith, All i can say is talk to your congressman. I am here right now and I see a LOT of wasted money with these locals. We are giving them tools, money, and technology. They're putting in drainage at the same time their stuffing the culvert with an IED. We give them money to rebuild their infastructure, before they lay the asphalt, they dig a hole and emplace an IED, this is the construction company. I have heard from many locals, they love us here cause we make them rich. I am route clearance, my job is to look for the IED's. We go out everyday and first hand look, these people hate us here and are like leeches, just bleeding taxpayers dry. I wish the taxpayers could see their money wasted out here. As for this Yako guy, wear a hot pink shirt during the day so I can find you. I say we should pull everyone out, burn and demolish every thing the United states paid for to be built, and leave it just as it was before we got here, a dump.

      September 25, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        I hear you soldier. Gen. Murad threatened the american contractors who tried to cut off his fuel after they noticed he was stealing so much. Murad's little ploy was he wouldn't send HIS guys out on any patrols unless they laid off. Guess who got their way. Everyone is so afraid of rocking the boat. I'd like to put all of these senior leaders in a room and have a good ol town hall meeting with the taxpayers. That would be great entertainment.

        September 26, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Truth


    The servants of demons in the ignorant slavery they call 360 have already lost.

    The demons want their slaves to fail and suffer.

    September 24, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Truth


    Everyone who is not taliban islam should keep their beliefs to themselves but you never shut up about yours!

    We see the fruits of your sickness.

    September 24, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Yes Acmed the Taliban are the worse of mankind. The hatred, terror, dismemberment of body parts, stoning and killing for the acts of some people without regard to what acts they do is by far, far worse than what the Pharisees had done to their sinners and is why Jesus came as the final and now only way for sinners to be saved! All this killing and torture which they think will make the world a better place and which they will be rewarded for will only bring fire down on their heads!

    September 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dindy Sri lanka


    September 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • .

      Your stick is played out

      September 23, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |