Thursday, February 12, 2009

He just keeps giving & giving & giving...

Thousands of US weapons astray in Afghanistan: auditors
by Jitendra Joshi Jitendra Joshi
– Thu Feb 12
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Thousands of US weapons, including assault rifles and grenade launchers, may be in Taliban or Al-Qaeda hands in Afghanistan because of lax controls, congressional auditors warned on Thursday.

The Pentagon has failed to track an estimated 87,000 weapons given to Afghan security forces, one-third of the 242,000 shipped by the US government between December 2004 and June 2008, the Government Accountability Office said.

A 46-page report by the GAO, the non-partisan investigative arm of Congress, said there had been no monitoring of a further 135,000 weapons donated by NATO allies to the poorly paid and corruption-rife Afghan army and police.

How many businesses did former Texas Governor Bush run into the ground before becoming #43?
He seems to have learned little from the experience.

An M-16 costs about about $450. I suspect this is the cheapest piece of hardware we've lost.
87,000 M-16s? Roughly $39.15M. Okay - given the $$$ in the news recently, this ain't a big deal... BUT it is 783 median-income households. Lost. Worse yet, given to the enemy.

"Go home, go to bed, take two aspirin, drink plenty of liquids. Call me in about 20 years."
Will we ever recover from W?

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