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Special Inspector General Says US May Be Biggest Violator of Iran Oil Embargo

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On February 14, 2013 @ 1:07 pm In The Point | 6 Comments

Nothing to see here. Just more responsible government in action.

Billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are being wasted in Afghanistan on fruitless reconstruction projects that are awash in corruption and have little government oversight, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

Additionally, lack of oversight may have led to the United States funding the purchase of Iranian oil in direct violation of sanctions against Iran.

The lack of oversight has potentially allowed the Afghan government to spend millions of U.S. dollars purchasing Iranian oil. Such expenditures would constitute a violation of economic sanctions, according to lead inspector John Sopko, who told Congress Wednesday that the Obama administration has failed to account for how funds are spent.

“We found out that Iranian oil is the cheapest oil,” Sopko told the House Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. “Then we thought, ‘Hold it, we have no control … we have no idea where they’re [the Afghan government] buying the oil.”

“I said the U.S. could be the biggest violator of the oil embargo,” Sopko said. “We went out a took a look and found that no one knows because we weren’t keeping records.”

Well records like budgets are overrated.


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