Fighting the Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars Overseas

The United States has an unfortunate history of funneling billions of dollars overseas to countries such as Afghanistan, where corruption is rampant and many American-funded projects are never completed, never used, or fall into disrepair - all with little to no oversight from U.S. officials.  Below, you will find a list of news articles that chronicle this problem.  At a time when the national debt has reached an astonishing $17 trillion, we simply cannot afford to continue this type of irresponsible spending.  Please know that I will continue to lead the fight against the waste and abuse of taxpayer money overseas.

The Pentagon Has a ‘Ghost Soldiers’ Problem
The Daily Signal
April 24, 2017

American Taxpayers Must Be Told The Real Cost Of War
Forbes
February 1, 2017

Afghanistan's 'ghost soldiers' take scary toll on US taxpayers, says watchdog
Fox News
January 12, 2017

U.S. taxpayers footing the bill for security at unused 'Ghost Hotel' in Kabul
Fox News
November 17, 2016

U.S. Pledges Another $800M to Afghanistan Despite Rampant Corruption
Breitbart
October 25, 2016

Watchdog: US reconstruction fueled Afghan corruption
The Hill
September 14, 2016

Washington’s Wake-Up Call
Wall Street Journal
September 13, 2016

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds
Reuters
August 19, 2016

12 Ways Your Tax Dollars Were Squandered in Afghanistan
NBC News
March 5, 2016

Report cites wasted Pentagon money in Afghanistan
USA Today
January 20, 2016

Afghans see Taliban as a key to U.S. aid projects, study finds
New York Times
December 15, 2015

How the Pentagon spent $43 million on a single gas station in Afghanistan
Washington Post
November 2, 2015

US spends scores of millions annually on unused Afghan buildings
CQ Roll Call
July 30, 2015

Afghan security forces struggle just to maintain stalemate
New York Times
July 22, 2015

Arming the enemy in Afghanistan
Newsweek 
May 18, 2015

U.S. counts on training foreign forces despite years of failure
Bloomberg 
April 8, 2015

When will the Afghan Air Force be ready to fight the Taliban?
The Diplomat
March 12, 2015

Afghanistan can't manage billions in aid, U.S. inspector finds
Bloomberg
March 10, 2015

Suddenly, all Afghan reconstruction data made secret
By Andrew Malcolm
January 30, 2015

Army Corps dumps $7M into defective Afghan plant
The Washington Times
January 8, 2015

Afghan war cost over $1 trillion
Financial Times
December 14, 2014

Afghan poppy cultivation 'all-time high'
Free Beacon
October 21, 2014

DLA junks multimillion planes for Afghan Air Force, sells scrap for 6 cents a pound
Navy Times
October 9, 2014

Paying Afghanistan's bills
New York Times
October 1, 2014

Tab for trucks Pentagon doesn't need [in Afghanistan] could top $100M
USA Today
October 1, 2014

Afghanistan may have lost track of more than 200,000 weapons
Washington Post
July 28, 2014

U.S. squandered $34 million on failed Afghan soybean project
Washington Times
July 24, 2014

Confidential U.S. assessments show Afghanistan not ready to govern on own
Washington Times
April 15, 2014 

Warlords with dark pasts battle in Afghan election
New York Times
February 26, 2014

'Windfalls of war': Companies with spotty records making billions off Afghanistan
FOX News
February 20, 2014

After billions in U.S. investment, Afghan roads are falling apart
Washington Post
January 30, 2014

U.S. aid to Afghans flows on despite warnings of misuse
New York Times
January 30, 2014

Inspector general: Literacy lags among Afghan troops
USA Today
January 28, 2014

Report: New trash incinerators in Afghanistan never used by U.S.
Marine Corps Times
December 16, 2013

Simple question about U.S. troops in Afghanistan stumps officials
Wall Street Journal
December 11, 2013

U.S. needs millions more to complete Afghanistan's 'Pentagon'
Washington Post
December 8, 2013

That other big Afghan crisis, the growing army of addicts
New York Times
November 2, 2013

Tallying up the U.S. waste in Afghanistan reconstruction
CNBC
July 23, 2013

A brand-new U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan. And nobody to use it.
Washington Post
July 9, 2013

Suspend aircraft purchases for Afghan unit, U.S. watchdog says
CNN
June 28, 2013

Karzai says he was assured C.I.A. would continue delivering bags of cash
New York Times
May 4, 2013

With bags of cash, C.I.A. seeks influence in Afghanistan
New York Times
April 28, 2013

Pentagon doesn't know if it's buying Iranian oil in Afghanistan
Foreign Policy
January 31, 2013

A dubious, costly effort to win hearts, minds
Marine Corps Times
February 29, 2012