Special IG Reports Signal Trouble Ahead for Afghanistan

The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, an office created by Congress to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities, released two reports this week which combine to signal bad times ahead in this war-torn country.

Linked on the SIGAR website under the error-filled headline, SIGAR releases lastest Quarterly Report to Congress focusing on U.S. transition and Afghan government capabilities, the first report is a quarterly report that covers a multitude of topics, including, but not limited to, “Green-on-Blue” (a.k.a., “insider”) attacks, rampant corruption and failed peace talks.

The second report, an audit, reveals that the Afghan government will likely be incapable of fully sustaining Afghan National Security Force facilities after the transition in 2014 and the expected decrease in U.S. and coalition support.

A quick review of the two reports seems to indicate things are not only going downhill in this war-torn country, but they’re going downhill fast.

Good luck to John F. Sopko, the man sworn in as SIGAR July 2, as he continues on this Herculean task.  He’s gonna need it!

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

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A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

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