Tag Archives: Congress

Reducing waste in wartime

The Commission on Wartime Contracting has published “Transforming Wartime Contracting:  Controling Costs, Reducing Risks” in which the bi-partisan legislative panel reports that there is waste during wartime. 

This profundity is all over the news and therefore gets attention of the stars at ISAF and, in particular, NTM-A, the organization responsible for building the ANSF.  Here is a sampling of the scandal from  CNN, Fox News, and Washington Post, if you are curious.

Given that the U.S. Congress can’t seem to find waste within its own ranks, you know the waste here in Afghanistan must be bad.

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Senator’s first tour in a combat zone verified

Unfortunately, it wasn’t Viet Nam as Senator Richard Blumenthal has stated several times in his public life. 

How can you tell when a politician is lying?

Instead, Sentator Blumenthal’s first tour in a combat zone was his boondoggle to Pakistan and Afghanistan this week (it is his first trip as Senator, not sure if he ever tried the political gesture before).

Prior to a flight from North KAIA in Kabul, I was attending a meeting at the ISAF Joint Command (IJC) on the same base.  Just before entering the IJC compound, a friend and I positively identified Senator Blumenthal exiting the compound.  While we were certain this was the Senator (the size of the entourage was one give away), his visit to the theater was confirmed by a quick online search.  The trip will undoubtedly prove beneficial when, like every other politician, he uses the trip to trumpet his concern for the troops and expertise in foreign affairs.

Whether this actually qualifies as a combat tour is still under debate.  In one of his first acts as president in 2009, President Obama officially renamed the “Global War on Terror” the “Overseas Contingency Operation.”