U.S. taxpayers pour billions of dollars down the drain in Afghanistan


Phillip Swarts
Washington Times
January 23, 2014

U.S. Special Forces soldier provides security during clearing operation with Afghan commandos, Zharay district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

U.S. Special Forces soldier provides security during clearing operation with Afghan commandos, Zharay district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

As U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan, one of the unsung victims increasingly is the American taxpayer.

In the latest evidence of costly nation-building gone awry, government investigators found that a U.S.-funded school built for Afghans at the expense of U.S. taxpayers is still incomplete after five years of work, and now needs repairs to fix “a leaking roof, defective electrical wiring, and an improperly sloped terrace roof.”

Plus, investigators for the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction are worried that the structure could collapse altogether, erasing any return on investment.

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