April 2, 2015 8:30 am -


After routing the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, the U.S. government began a now 13-year effort to stabilize and develop the country. It has cost taxpayers billions — and some say, achieved little. These stories examine the waste and problems plaguing U.S. reconstruction efforts that, despite the end of combat, will continue to cost billions —…


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D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

18 responses to ProPublica: Billions Blown In Afghanistan Reconstruction Spending

  1. StoneyCurtisll March 31st, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    As if we didnt already know Billons and Trillions were blown and taken through corruption in both the Afghan and Iraq wars..
    I thought this was already common knowledge.
    I guess maybe not to those who want us to get involved in new wars in Syria, Yeman and back in Iraq again.
    Some people will never learn.

    • Ronald L March 31st, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      The Bush administration literally airdropped pallet loads of shrinkwapped bundles of $100 bills over Iraq. And they considered this our tax dollars well-spent!

      • anothertoothpick April 2nd, 2015 at 12:21 pm

        And then he lowered taxes on the upper brackets.

        Then he mailed checks to every family in the US.

        And then he got elected to a second term.

        The American electorate never stops to amaze.

    • nola878 March 31st, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      And these idiots always insist that this war will be victorious! But funny how they or their children never go fight…

  2. Ronald L March 31st, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    off topic:

    It drives me crazy that keeps loading and re-loading ads and other third-party crap whenever I read articles. It never stops.

    • fahvel April 1st, 2015 at 3:34 am

      agreed 100%

    • eyelashviper April 1st, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Adblock…no more ads, anywhere.

    • anothertoothpick April 2nd, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      No ads = no

  3. Warman1138 March 31st, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Nothing like driving through the desert with a truck load of money on a windy day with the back doors open.

    • eyelashviper April 1st, 2015 at 10:17 am

      While being fired upon by the residents…..

  4. tracey marie March 31st, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    we always have money for war and empty gesture as well as bribes…we seem to have a problem, feeding and housing our own people

  5. Ricky C. March 31st, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I agree with tracey marie. How about we take care of Americans first and quit sending money to other countries that will never quit fighting and hate us to begin with?

  6. fahvel April 1st, 2015 at 3:35 am

    is there any one out there who is surprised by this?

  7. Budda April 1st, 2015 at 10:01 am

    and yet we have pot holes all over our northern states that we don’t have money to fix.

    • Larry Schmitt April 2nd, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Not to mention many thousands of bridges needing repair or complete rebuilding, and congress can’t agree on a higher gas tax to replenish the highway fund, because, taxes.

    • Roctuna April 2nd, 2015 at 8:58 am

      I seem to recall something called the Stimulus meant to address those issues, promptly blocked and rejected by the gop. Potholes stimulate the shock absorber and tire industries.

  8. anothertoothpick April 2nd, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    dubya turned his aggressions on Afghanistan, and Iraq. And Iran and the Afghan Taliban won.

  9. highpckts April 2nd, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Oh Hell yes! Rebuild their countries while ours is going to Hell in a hand basket!! True GOP thinking!!