As Afghanistan prepares to hand over power to a new president and U.S. combat forces depart, the United States’ special inspector general for the war-torn country paints a bleak picture of its long-term prospects in a new report to Congress.
The report, of which McClatchy obtained an embargoed copy before its Wednesday release, said corruption is so widespread in Afghanistan that it threatens the U.S. long-term reconstruction effort.
“Corruption in Afghanistan includes everything from petty bribery for routine services, nepotism and tribal preference to contract fraud, large-scale theft of resources and subversion of the justice system,” the report concludes.
John F. Sopko, U.S. special investigator for Afghanistan reconstruction, criticized the Army for failing to do more to prevent American aid from ending up in the hands of Islamic jihadists fighting the Afghan government.
TVNL Comment: Billions of US tax dollars have enriched Karzai, his brother and their greedy cohorts, as well as corrupt contractors hired by the neocon government that fueled this useless war. Billions more went 'lost' and fell into the hands of those who opposed the US presence in the first place. Why were the there at all? Is any of this new? Why are so many dead? Just asking...