Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) asked Obama administration’s top Afghanistan specialists: (1) How much is the U.S. spending in Afghanistan? (2) How many American troops have been killed in Afghanistan this year? None of the specialists could answer which shocked Rohrabacher.
“We’re supposed to believe that you fellas have a plan that’s going to end up in a positive way in Afghanistan?” Mr. Rohrabacher asked. “Holy cow!”
While military waste overseas is running rampant, military retirees face as much as $124,000 in lost retirement income if the bipartisan budget agreement is enacted, according to the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).
The American government has already spent about $107 million — double the initial estimate — on the five-story Defense Ministry headquarters, which will include state-of-the-art bunkers and the second-largest auditorium in Kabul.
According to the Washington Post, “for years, audits and inspector general’s reports have documented waste and mismanagement in American aid projects in Afghanistan. But the Defense Ministry building is a dramatic example of how poor oversight continues to plague the massive U.S. investment here.”
Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) responded to the video above on Facebook.com, “At a time when we are spending billions of dollars and risking the lives of our service members overseas, it is absolutely unacceptable that Obama administration officials could not answer the simplest of questions about our operations in Afghanistan.”