By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearInvestigations
Since the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan in the summer of 2021, the U.S. has continued sending money to the country in the form of humanitarian aid. Now, a watchdog claims that the U.S. can’t be confident that our $8 billion of aid to Afghanistan isn’t funding the Taliban.
John Sopko, the Special Inspector General to Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), recently testified before the House Oversight Committee, “Unfortunately, as I sit here today, I cannot assure this committee or the American taxpayer we are not currently funding the Taliban.”
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He continued “Nor can I assure you that the Taliban are not diverting the money we are sending from the intended recipients, which are the poor Afghan people.”
The U.S. has sent Afghanistan $8 billion in humanitarian aid since our military withdrawal in 2021, according to CNN. Biden Administration officials have repeatedly stressed this aid is strictly going toward humanitarian efforts via non-governmental organizations and other humanitarian aid organizations.
Sopko, however, admitted there is effectively no monitoring of these funds to ensure they are not going to the Taliban. The U.S. does not currently recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government.
No effective oversight means U.S. funds could end up in the wrong hands, “subjected to waste, fraud, and abuse,” SIGAR wrote.
The U.S. needs to seriously reevaluate its funding and monitoring processes to ensure taxpayer dollars are actually helping the Afghan people, and not ending up of in the hands of the brutal and barbaric Taliban government.
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time to cut off cash flow.
But keep complaining you need to raise taxes. How about cut spending.
where on earth are we getting all these billions to send to ukraine, taliban,
thought there is a ceiling on spending
who on earth is going to pay all there billions, joe barrack nancy soros hillary just to start with back or do we NOT pay government people all this money and have them pay it back
is all the AL taking over jobs going to pay it back
who the f cares
Sopko and Republicans need to move this out of the “may have” to “did” with more specifics. Who approved the payments, what was the reporting and accountability mechanism, how often was it verified – and other stuff. C’mon this is straightforward questioning – if they really want to do it.
Add this to the billions in military equipment that was left for then. Was that deliberate, or just plain incompetence?
are you kidding me , this guy needs to go , or better yet imprisonment , bad enough we left the taliban with 80 billion in arms . making them the biggest arm dealer
this better come out and take down the white house now
Proof that our government and pentagon have zero people qualified to do their jobs and the MSM covers for their inadequacies!
This is exactly why that nutcase needs to be removed from Office.