U.S. Misspent $34B in Iraq, Afghanistan

    DEH AFGHANAN, AFGHANISTAN - MAY 27:  In this photo provided by ISAF Regional Command/U.S. Air Force, members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul - Arghandab Detachment, navigate a ravine May 27, 2011 as they make their way to the village of Deh Afghanan, Afghanistan.  Members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul - Arghandab Detachment went to the village to meet with elders.   (Photo by Brian Ferguson/U.S. via Getty Images)

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    A congressional commission has finished its three-year evaluation of the U.S.'s contracting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it doesn't look good. The U.S. wasted or misspent $34 billion on contracts for wasteful or failed services during its decade in the battlefield. Some of that figure comes from projects that were poorly conceived, like an agricultural-development project that paid Afghan farmers to plow their own fields. Part of the figure also comes from funds diverted to insurgents, such as when a subcontractor pays 20 percent of a contract for “protection.” The report singles out private security guards as especially problematic, and calls for an overhaul of the way the U.S. employs them.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal