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US Wasted Millions Of Dollars On Afghan Police Cars That Don’t Exist

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The U.S. unnecessarily paid $6.3 million on contracts for Afghan police vehicles from April 2011 to September 2012, according to a report released last week from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

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The latest gross overpayment stems largely from cash going to maintenance on vehicles that have been out of service for over a year or even had been destroyed.

As of November 2012, the U.S. has provided over 30,000 vehicles to the Afghan National Police (ANP), but the study shows a force still struggling with logistics and training needed to provide their own maintenance — forcing the U.S. to rely on outside contractors.

According to national security expert Anthony Cordesman, the U.S. is at least partly to blame.

“The bulk of the money actually spent inside Afghanistan went through poorly supervised military contracts and through aid projects where the emphasis was speed, projected starts, and measuring progress in terms of spending rather than results,” he wrote in a brief for the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

This isn’t the first such report from SIGAR. A cursory look at their website finds allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse as common in Afghanistan as dirt.

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  1. Unneutral

    January 27th, 2013

    You ain’t seen nothing yet, wait ’til they get full control of healthcare.

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  2. thirdtwin

    January 27th, 2013

    Obviously, this all started under Bush, and Barry is trying as hard as he can to get the phantom cars out of the ditch.

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  3. cfm990l

    January 27th, 2013

    Big whoop! They spend trillions on needy, that don’t exist

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  4. KF

    January 27th, 2013

    Wow, struggling with logistics and training needed to provide their own maintenance — forcing the U.S. to rely on outside contractors.
    whoever came up with that PC wording for what’s going over there probably got an award. The phrase “hey, what do you expect its trashcanistan” would have been more accurate but not publicly printable.

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  5. jim

    January 27th, 2013

    Early years, Should have destroyed the enenmy.

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  6. Chieftain

    January 27th, 2013

    The next one to try Afghanistan should use the Mongol technique. The Khans killed four out of five inhabitants of the Persian Empire (including most of Afghanistan) and wiped most of the Empire off the map using nothing but swords and horse-mounted cavalry. What we need is an army led by a man with the balls of a Khan to do what is necessary and wipe the scourge of Islam off of the planet.

    That is the mindset that will be required to deal with these barbarians once and for all.

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  7. The Mad German

    January 27th, 2013

    I’ll bet they are part of Obamas solar fleet and they are on back order, because of the high demand.

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