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    In the middle America-First revolution, surging homeslessness (25% of homeless reportedly are ex US military) and 'cancel rent' protests at home, taxpayers funded global spending continues on bottomless pits of corruption and incompetence that has been enabling child rape in many cases:


    Afghan security forces, despite years of training, were dogged by incompetence and corruption

    Dec 9, 2019 — The army and police have suffered so many casualties that the Afghan government keeps the exact numbers a secret to avoid destroying morale.
    For almost two decades, U.S. military commanders have assured the public they are making progress on the cornerstone of their war strategy: to build a strong Afghan army and police force that can defend the country on their own.
    “We’re on the right track now,” Marine Gen. Jim Mattis told Congress in 2010.
    “The Afghan forces are better than we thought they were,” Marine Gen. John Allen told Congress in 2012. “The Afghan national security forces are winning,” Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson told reporters in 2014.

    The Afghanistan Papers

    But in a trove of confidential government interviews obtained by The Washington Post, U.S., NATO and Afghan officials described their efforts to create an Afghan proxy force as a long-running calamity. With most speaking on the assumption that their remarks would remain private, they depicted the Afghan security forces as incompetent, unmotivated, poorly trained, corrupt and riddled with deserters and infiltrators.

    How US-Funded Abuses Led to Failure in Afghanistan 2021/07/06
    Jul 6, 2021 — postmortems on resurgence abetted by Afghan government abuses and corruption

    Routine Child Rape by Afghan Police
    The American Conservative

    Don't look, don't tell, troops told
    Toronto Star

    U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan military or police personnel
    Sep 20, 2015

    Main story:

    US will pay $4B a year to Afghan forces; Who is watching?

    Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press
    July 27, 2021
    Masked Afghan Army Special Forces attend their graduation ceremony after a three-month training program at the Kabul Military Training Center. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. and NATO have promised to pay $4 billion a year until 2024 to finance Afghanistan’s military and security forces, which are struggling to contain an advancing Taliban. Already, the U.S. has spent nearly $89 billion over the past 20 years to build, equip and train Afghan forces.

    Yet America’s own government watchdog says oversight of the money has been poor, hundreds of millions of dollars have been misspent and corruption is rife in the security apparatus.

    Monitoring where the future funding goes will become virtually impossible after Aug. 31, when the last coalition troops leave. Here is a look at some of the issues:

    U.S. spending since 2001
    Nearly $83 billion has been spent to build, equip, train and sustain Afghanistan’s National Defense and Security Forces, which include the military, national police and the elite special forces.

    That figure covers a wide range of items. For example, the U.S. spent nearly $10 billion for vehicles and aircraft. It spent $3.75 billion on fuel for the Afghan military between 2010-2020.

    Separately, another $5.8 billion went into economic and government development and infrastructure since 2001, with the expressed goal of winning public support and blunting the Taliban insurgency. The figures are from reports by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, tasked with monitoring how U.S. taxpayer dollars are spent.

    The U.S. allocation for 2022 is $3.3 billion. It will include $1 billion to support the Afghan Air Force and Special Mission Wing, $1 billion for fuel, ammunition and spare parts, and $700 million to pay salaries for Afghan soldiers.

    Taxpayers funded training and freedom enduring academy produced local officers apparently still not trained enough to protect their own personnel let alone ensure public safety after over two decades of training:

    First flight of Afghan military interpreters to arrive in US
    Fri July 30, 2021
    The Afghans on that flight are the lucky ones. They represent a sliver of the estimated 20,000 SIV applicants in line, some of whom told CNN they are deeply afraid as they watch the Taliban's bloody executions and reprisals against those who helped US troops.

    U.S. to begin housing Afghan interpreters at Virginia military base
    Interpreters and others who aided the U.S. fear for their lives as the Taliban make gains.

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