Contractor waste, poor performance, threatens Afghan police

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The local police are a critical factor in holding onto any gains made during the current US/NATO operations in Afghanistan.  Due to waste and ineffective efforts by the contractors hired to train and recruit Afghans to the police force, it is not clear whether they will be able to do this job.  READ BELOW:

This does not bode well for costs either. The US has pledged to train and pay another 100,000 Afghan police as well as 100,000 Afghan troops, and this is likely to cost another $15 billion per year.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-02-18/keeping-the-taliban-down/p/

Obama requests $192 billion for wars

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The President’s budget requests $192 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the next year and a half, including $160 billion for the next year.  While $13.3 billion per month is a staggering figure in itself, it does not include:

  • Funding for veterans medical care, veterans disability compensation, and job training, housing and reintegration programs for veterans
  • Other costs buried  in the defense budget, such as medical costs of military hospitals, senior Pentagon management time and attention, concurrent receipt of benefits, base salaries and equipment depreciation
  • Interest on the debt used to finance the war
  • Economic costs, such as loss of life, quality of life impairment, impact on family members, dislocation and long-term mental health disabilities

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