The US government’s watchdog on Afghanistan spending released another report on Monday that found more waste in Washington’s almost 20-year-old war. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reviewed $7.8 billion that was spent since 2008 on buildings and vehicles.
Out of the $7.8 billion, only $343.2 million was spent on buildings and vehicles that were “maintained in good condition,” and only $1.2 billion of those assets were used as intended. The Pentagon was the top contributor for these wasted funds, providing $6.5 billion out of the $7.8 billion.
The SIGAR report comes as the deadline for the US to withdraw from Afghanistan is approaching. As per the US-Taliban peace deal signed last year, the US and all other foreign forces are required to leave the country by May 1st.
The huge amounts of taxpayer money the US has wasted in Afghanistan is a good argument for ending the war. But all signs indicate the US and NATO will stay in Afghanistan beyond the May 1st deadline, although an official announcement has yet to be made.
According to Brown University’s Costs of War project, as of September 2019, the US has spent $2 trillion on the war in Afghanistan. The number includes interest on borrowed money used to fund the war and money spent on care for veterans.