While we’re on the subject of lies and incompetence finally coming to light, John Sopko, the special inspector general in charge of overseeing US taxpayer aid to Afghanistan, slammed the Biden Administration for an “unprecedented lack of cooperation” with his office.
Sopko is in charge of making sure that the $8 billion in US taxpayer aid to Afghanistan following Biden’s disastrous pullout actually goes to help the Afghan people. But he says the State Department is giving him nothing but “obfuscation and delays.” Meanwhile, he believes the Taliban is likely stealing funds that were meant for the people.
Sopko told the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability (yes, there’s actually a committee on accountability; who knew?), "I would just say I haven't seen a starving Taliban fighter on TV. They all seem to be fat, dumb and happy. I see a lot of starving Afghan children on TV. So, I'm wondering where all this funding is going."
Also, security experts warned Congress Tuesday that under the Taliban, Afghanistan has once again become a safe haven for terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS-K, who are building up the capacity to launch strikes on Europe and the US in as little as six months.
As important as all this is, I hesitate even to call it “news” because anyone with two brain cells to rub together could have seen it coming from a mile away. Is anyone really surprised to learn that the Taliban has let terrorist groups back into Afghanistan? Or that shoveling money at a problem with no oversight just results in bad actors stealing it? Is there any example of large government expenditures, from foreign aid to the COVID money blowouts, where that was NOT the case? Did the Biden Administration seriously believe the Taliban were so trustworthy, they’d be different?
Oh, well, they probably need that money to pay for gas and repairs for all the military vehicles Biden left for them.