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Inspector General Reveals Staggering Waste in Afghan War

•, Jason Ditz

A new round of comments from Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko has revealed Pentagon waste was even more staggering than previously imagined, with billions likely spent on war materiel that was not only never used, but never even sent to Afghanistan.

We see "likely" not so much because there's a serious doubt, but because the Pentagon simply didn't keep records of a lot of what they bought, so its difficult to prove which war or other adventure it was wasted on.

"It's like you gave your credit card to your teenage daughter or son and then you just never looked at the bills," noted Sopko, details some of the most inexplicable wastes, including $3 million spent on inflatable boats which were never even sent to landlocked Afghanistan. The boats, Sopko said, are likely to be scrapped or sold for pennies on the dollar.

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