Sequestration: U.S. Spends $288 Million On Ammunition For Afghan National Police


Despite the fearmongering over sequestration, it is only the deicisions of the Obama administration as to what they cut and what they don't that are troubling. One of the biggest issues to come out of the administration was the Department of Homeland Security releasing hundreds of illegals who were also convicted felons. They later admitted they didn't have to do that. However, according to a detailed quarterly report, issued by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the U.S. government is giving away $288 million of our tax dollars to supply the Afghan National Police (ANP), the ones who are engaging in killing our troops after they are trained, with ammunition. That's more than six times the budget that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has for its ammunition purchases this year.

Not only has the U.S. spent more than $366 million on weapons for the ANP, but the government intends to spend another $14.2 million arming them.

In addition, $3.4 billion has been spent on equipment and transportation, including weapons for the ANP. According to the report, "most of these funds were used to purchase weapons and related equipment, vehicles, and communications equipment."

The report details the wasted tax dollars on the ANP. "SIGAR's audit of ANP vehicle maintenance found that the United States spent $6.8 million over 17 months to maintain vehicles that had already been destroyed," the report reads.

The U.S. is expected to spend another $19.4 million on vehicles for the ANP.

Sigar's reports also pointed out that "a U.S.-funded Afghan Border Police Company headquarters was sitting largely unused," which raised concerns "about the long-term usability and sustainability of an ANP provincial headquarters."

This isn't all. The Washington Free Beacon reports,

The United States has also provided major funding to pay for ANP salaries.

The force is set to become 157,000 strong, according to projections, and "will require an estimated $628.1 million per year to fund salaries ($265.7 million), incentives ($224.2 million), and food ($138.2 million)," according to SIGAR.

The theft of fuel continues to be an ongoing problem for the United States in Afghanistan, according to the report. The United States has spent about $4.2 billion on fuel for the Afghan National Army.

"Fuel is 'liquid gold' in Afghanistan—easy to steal, easy to sell on the black market," SIGAR noted in its report. "Buyers of stolen fuel can be local gasoline stations, roadside vendors, U.S. contractors without access to military fuel depots, or Afghan insurgents."

"Whether gasoline, jet fuel, or diesel, fuel is readily transportable by truck, rail, or pipeline. Each mode has vulnerabilities to theft that SIGAR is trying to alleviate," SIGAR reported.

There are currently "24 open investigations concerning fuel" theft and misappropriation.

SIGAR also reported that prime-contractor drivers often "short" the fuel they deliver. This should come as no surprise that there is a ton of wasted money going to these foreign entities and you and I are paying for it.

The Beacon reported back in February that lawmakers were concerned about $1 billion dollars of tax payer funds that were spent on oil purchases for the ANP and that oil is suspected to have been purchased through Iran, which indicate that the U.S. is the biggest violator of its own sanctions.

In that instance, Subcommittee on National Security Chairman Jason Chaffetz(R-UT) and Ranking Minority Member John F. Tierney(D-MA) wrote to outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and asked him to hand over detailed record that accounted for how the $1 billion was spent.

"We request a briefing to learn more about the potential that the lack of [oil funding] accountability measures may have heightened the risk U.S. taxpayers could be supporting the purchase of Iranian fuel," they wrote. Lawmakers have repeatedly asked for this information and, like Fast and Furious, they keep setting deadlines for a response that are never met by this administration.

SIGAR's lead inspector gave testimony at the beginning of February that potentially billions of U.S. taxpayer money has been wasted and lost in Afghanistan due to "fruitless reconstruction projects that are awash in corruption and have little government oversight."

Here we are funding those that kill our troops and drive our nation further into debt, but don't worry, it doesn't seem to have affected Barack Obama and his family. After all they are spending millions on monthly vacations and welcoming the Muslim Brotherhood into the people's House, while stopping tours for the very people who own that House as they cite sequestration as the reason. Anyone else smell what Barack is shoveling?

The most reprehensible part of this is we are being told that our own military are having to tighten their budgeting belts, while those that would seek to do us harm are given billions of Americans' hard earned tax dollars. When I think of what this actually is, the "T" word crosses my mind, what about yours?

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  • GrizzlyIX

    I wonder, just like all the weapons 'LOST' to the Mexican cartels by the BAT Boys in 'Fast & Furrious' how much of this 'giveaway' will wind up KILLING our OWN troops! ! ! ! !

    • BillinDetroit

      If they stay there, pretty much all of it.

      You want to support the troops? Force Congress to return all military personnel to US territory. That should cut the deaths and injuries down to a much more reasonable level.

  • GrizzlyIX

    And ALL of it came from the U.S. civilian market, so law-abiding citizens wouldn't have a PRAYER of obtaining ANY of IT! ! ! ! !

    Leave it to Emperor Pinocchio & his lying Nazi cronies to pull ANY stunt they can think of! ! !
    By the way, wouldn't this go DIRECTLY against the U.N. Gun Theft (er, I mean 'gun control') Treaty that Obozo is such a CHAMPION of? ! ? !

  • J J

    The first thing that the sequester should have cut into is foreign aid, not our own military budgets. We can't take care of our own and, yet, we continue to give billions to countries that don't even like us - what's wrong with that picture and, more importantly, what's wrong with our politicians!!!!

    • GrizzlyIX

      NOPE! The FIRST things that SHOULD have been cut were Emperor Pinocchio & his family's VACATION & SUPPORT Budgets, STARTING with Obozo's GREENS FEES! ! ! !! ! ! ! !

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.lubben Eugene Lubben

    Hey this is just ODUMBA helping out his terrorist muslim buddies ,,,,,,,,,,,

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Warren-Reynolds/1179441694 Warren Reynolds

    This administration is blatantly treasonous, why is there no one in higher ups of the military got the balls to put these criminals in Levenworth?????

    • BillinDetroit

      Wrong question. Why do none of US have the balls?

  • QuisPercusit

    Sound treasonous to me! Where did the Money for the Afghan National police come from?? Homeland Security's budget? or did they just give the rag head cops some of their hollow points? SO MUCH FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT TO OVERSEE GOVERNMENT SPENDING HUH BOYS & GIRLS!

  • doug63

    We are giving millions in ammo and fuel away and our Marine Commandant is telling Marines to save bullets and gasoline. What's wrong with this picture?

    • BillinDetroit

      Those Marines will be rotated back and eventually even discharged. They will remain Marines and they will remember the lessons of war they are being taught. My son was a Marine and, judging by him, Marines are not especially stupid. Certainly not stupid enough to trust after they've been bent over a pickle barrel. That's why Feinstein is so eager to have them disarmed once back home.

  • disqus_k3famEXb9h

    EXCUSE ME BUT THE IDIOTS, IMBECILS ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAUSE YOU LET THE ILEGALS, IGNORANTS, AND BUMPS WHO ARE SMART ENOUGH TO DEPEND ON THE AMERICANS WHO WORK, TO SUPPORT THEM, CAUSE HAVING SO MANY IDIOTS WHY SHOULD THEY WORK TO EARN THEIR LIVING, DECIDE THE FATE OF THE COUNTRY THAT FOR A LONG TIME WAS PROSPEROUS, AND THRIVED AS NONE OTHER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. BUT YOU WERE SUFFICIENTLY UNPATRIOTIC, AND STUPID TO LET THIS HAPPEN. NOW YOU ARE 5 MINUTES AWAY FROM BECOMING A THIRD WORLD CORRUPT COUNTRY LIKE MEXICO EVERY SINGLE DAY. NO FOREIGNER HAS DEFEATED YOU, BUT YOU YOURSELVES KILLED THAT MAGNIFICENT, AND BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, WHICH I LOVE SO MUCH. UNFORTUNATELY, THERES NO WAY B ACK, CAUSE THE PERCENTAGE OF MONEY YOU OWE IS UNPAYABLE, CHINA IS YOUR OWNER, EVERYTHING OVER THERE BELONGS TO THEM, AND THE MONEY YOU EARN SO HARD, IS GOING DIRECTLY TO THE MOSLEMS, WHO BY THE WAY LIKE YOU AND LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH AND THE GUY YOU ALLOW TO RULE THE COUNTRY IS SPENDING YOUR MONEY SO HAPPILY, NOW BOTH HAVE TRAVELED AS KING AND QUEEN THAT BY THE WAY THEY ARE, THANKS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE GETTING WHAT YOU DESERVE

    • A. Levy

      110% correct!

    • BillinDetroit

      There is a way back. It is hard, though. A) re-institution of the primacy of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. B) refutation of all currency outstanding. C) all hell breaks loose. D) We start over.

  • RangerInParadise

    Wouldn't it be nice if our "government" would buy $288 million worth of ammo for "Freedom Fighters" in THIS country?

    And why the hell isn't Congress watching over the money being thrown away by Obama?

    Isn't that the purview of the House under John "Captain Caveman" Boehner?

    Screw Congress and everyone in it. They have failed us completely and have NO INTENTION of standing up on OUR behalf. They are OWNED by the Left.

    • scf2012

      Doesn't this kind of spending make a "budget" look like just a gimmick? Congress has no mechanism to track any of the money in a "budget", and Obama is proving that a "budget" is a sham.

    • RangerInParadise

      Obama and his cohorts are Communists. Communist ruling philosophy doesn't believe in "budgets". They control ALL wealth and spend it as they please. Don't look for the Regime to ever pass a budget with Dirty Harry "Red" (Reid) controlling the Party Congress.

      Besides, busting the economy and taking over is their intention. Budgets get in the way.

    • BillinDetroit

      Well then, they need to be convinced that somewhere between "busting the economy" and "taking cover" is a window of vulnerability during which an accounting WILL be made.

      How best to do this? Set a deadline and, unlike Congress, proceed to the next step if it is missed. Nothing so convinces an enemy that you mean business on an ultimatum as actually meaning business.

  • A. Levy

    I wonder if our brave warriors over there have read this article.

    And if they have, how is it they don't simply shoulder their weapons and come home?

    Why would anyone fight for a country that gives more support to it's enemies than to it's own warriors?

    How do they feel when they see one of their buddies killed next to them by ammo and weapons supplied by their own govt?

    Why is America wasting it's very finest, not to mention Trillions of our tax dollars, for nothing?
    Where are all the anti-war protestors now?
    How can the American sheeple sit by and watch this happen?

    • Winston Smith

      An ex-military buddy of mine just went back to Afghanistan as a "contractor" because he's going to make $138K for a year protecting convoys. It all about MONEY! Its been over 11 years since they imploded the Twin Towers, and the guys serving now were just little kids then, and don't have a clue.

  • Hotnike

    Thua Obama guy is a real a**.

  • SammysDad

    Enough is enough. Americans no longer want our representatives and executive administration to send our tax dollars to any hateful country where the elites will wallow in it for their own benefit. Stop the insanity, now. Stop spending, you idiots. STOP SPENDING, damn it!

    • USA Lover

      This isn't even spending Its just giving it away, all we get in return are more dead soldiers

    • noitaint

      Our government is making "We the People" look like a bunch of Fools!!

    • A. Levy

      No noitaint, it's We The People who are making us look like fools.

    • noitaint

      The government herds the sheep, sheep vote for government. too many sheep make the people look foolish. need more guard dogs.