Thursday, January 21, 2010

Waste in Afghanistan

A $300 million power plant in Afghanistan paid for with U.S. tax dollars was an ill-conceived and mismanaged project that the Afghan government can't afford to switch on now that it's almost finished, a watchdog agency has found.

The project in Kabul has ballooned $40 million over budget and is a year behind schedule because of missteps by the American contractors and the U.S. government, according to an audit released Wednesday by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Why do we continue to waste American lives and treasure in Afghanistan?

(By the way, doesn't it make you wonder how much of the aid we're sending to Haiti will be stolen or wasted by the Haitian kleptocracy?)

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