If there’s one thing both sides of the aisle can agree on, it’s that funneling money toward terroristic regimes like the Taliban is a bad idea.
And yet, some are asking why Biden sent money to Afghanistan after the Taliban took over – and where it went. It was intended for “food and cash support, nutrition, healthcare, protection for women and children and agricultural inputs,” but it’s unclear if that’s actually where it went.
The government body explicitly created to oversee U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan recently released a report saying they’re having difficulty getting the Biden administration to comply with a request for information over attempts to hold them accountable for were $1B in aid went in Afghanistan.
The Treasury Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are refusing to comply with transparency requests from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) “in any capacity.”
And the State Department has only selectively released information about where the $1.1B in aid has gone since August 2021.
SIGAR says it violates their congressional mandate and “undermines the American people’s interests.” The report read, in part, “SIGAR, for the first time in its history, is unable this quarter to provide Congress and the American people with a full accounting of this U.S. government spending due to the non-cooperation of several U.S. government agencies.” It adds, “USAID and State legal counsels’ claim that SIGAR’s jurisdiction does not include such matters is contrary to the law, but a gross deviation from over 14 years of precedent set by three prior administrations.”