US wasting $34 billion with contractors in wars

And let’s be honest that this is probably only part of it. Even with these eye-popping numbers, the other costs that need to be eliminated are the war costs themselves. If we’re going to start throwing costs on retired Americans and the middle class, it’s time to end these wasteful wars. We can’t afford them yet they continue to get a free pass in Washington. It’s unfair to ask for belt-tightening at home and free spending for wars that nobody understands or even cares about. Even the corporate media doesn’t bother to mention the wars these days so no wonder people don’t discuss them.

Do we have an economic crisis at home or don’t we?

The United States has wasted some $34 billion on service contracts with the private sector in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a study being finalized for Congress.

The findings by a bipartisan congressional commission were confirmed to Reuters by a person familiar with the draft of the study, which is due to be completed in coming weeks.

The analysis by the Commission on Wartime Contracting, details of which were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, offers the most complete look so far at the misuse of U.S. contracting funds in Afghanistan and Iraq, where more than $200 billion has been doled out in the contracts and grants over nearly a decade.


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