Not only did the money come far too late to prevent the rise of a major insurgency, when it did come, it came in areas where there were no effective overall planning, management, and contacting systems. No adequate fiscal controls, and no real measures of effectiveness. The system virtually invited waste, fraud, and abuse. It is important to note that reforms have taken place in many areas of contracting, and there is now better auditing. The Afghan government has also promised important reforms in its control of spending and efforts to reduce corruption.
The fact remains, however, that if the CRS and OMB figures for FY2001-FY2013 that follow are totaled for all direct spending on the war, they reach $641.7 billion, of which $198.2 billion – or over 30% – will be spent in FY2012 and FY2013.
So we have spent almost $650,000,000,000 in Afghanistan since 2002. We are predicted to spend almost $90,000,000,000 this year. Do you feel safer? Do you think things in Afghanistan will change even if we stayed there for 20 more years or 30 more years or 50 more years? I personally doubt it.
The costs referenced above do not include the Veteran's medical care and benefits costs for our brave troops that will arise over the next 50 years as we take care of their wounds, physical and emotional, they suffered in the war.
During the last month we have heard all of this disaster talk about the "Sequester". The Sequester deals with $85 billion in cuts to government spending. This year alone we will spend more than $90 billion in Afghanistan.
Seems absolutely crazy to me.