A headline today from Fiscal Times reads, Corruption and Fraud Inside Afghanistan’s $600 Million Police Force, report filed by Martin Matishak. Yes, SIGAR has issued another mind-bending report on waste, fraud. etc. in U.S. military-overseen projects in Afghanistan. How many reports has it been this year? Three, four?
Yet what I find the most upsetting about these SIGAR reports is that the World Bank-IDA is a compendium of every stupid mistake a government can make in developing a Basket-Case country. So unless you want to blame compartmentalization, there is no reason the U.S. military, State Department, or their European counterparts, should have between them poured trillions of dollars, pounds, and euros into the black hole that is Afghanistan.
Moreover, the Bank didn't only produce a compendium. Slowly, painfully, over decades it worked out tactics for donor governments to avoid the worst of the waste and fraud. The tactics are available to every government that cares to use them. And a local Afghan agency was actually set up to monitor and disperse certain funds. But it hasn't worked, for reasons the Fiscal Times explains.
I don't know what to say about this, beyond that Donald Trump should be elected the President of the United States because the first thing he's going to do is bring an army of business people into the U.S. government and they are going to run the government like a business.
Right now it's run by people who think 'It's only money. Only my budget counts.'
Here's the Fiscal Times report; read it and gnash your teeth; mine are already ground to stumps from gnashing: