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Another failed and expensive police training program under Bush

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How is it possible to spend $1.1 billion of taxpayer money and cough up another failure like this? Only in the Bush administration can you string together so many failures at such great expense. Why not just give out another gold medal or important sounding award to someone because that seems to be the plan with this team?

Maybe the incoming Democrats in Congress can take a deeper look into the contractors such as DynCorp who are enjoying healthy contracts but showing limited results. With this administration it is always the same story of talking the talk, throwing out obscene amounts of money (often to well connected contractors) and just hoping it will all work out, somehow. Predictably the results always seem to be the same.

Five years after the fall of the Taliban, a joint report by the Pentagon and the State Department has found that the American-trained police force in Afghanistan is largely incapable of carrying out routine law enforcement work, and that managers of the $1.1 billion training program cannot say how many officers are actually on duty or where thousands of trucks and other equipment issued to police units have gone.

In fact, most police units had less than 50 percent of their authorized equipment on hand as of June, says the report, which was issued two weeks ago but is only now circulating among members of relevant Congressional committees.

In its most significant finding, the report said that no effective field training program had been established in Afghanistan, at least in part because of a slow, ineffectual start and understaffing.

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