Then, there’s the diversion of American supplies into the black market. Wonder what percentage these three payroll patriots are raking off?
…is that the people in charge of the effort simply don’t give a damn. Dana Rorabacher, a Republican from California and a defense hawk, delights in pointing this out; and still, time after time, administration officials go before his committee in ignorance of basic facts. Like what the budget for the Afghan war is. Or how many troops we have lost.
Even though they know he’s going to do this, they still come unprepared. The reason is simple: they don’t give a crap. Unlike the guys on the ground, the Beltway boyars face no risks whatsoever. Over time they build up a contempt for the troops in the field, as these three bozos, Dobbins, Dumont, and Sampler, illustrated back in December.
President Barack Obama’s experts on Afghanistan do not know how much the U.S. spends on the war each year.
The experts did not even know how many Americans lives were lost on the battlefield.
According to the Washington Times, this embarrassing lack of basic knowledge from State Department and Pentagon experts on Afghanistan was known at a House hearing.
The revelation was made at the House Foreign Affairs Committee on hearing about ‘The Issue: Afghanistan and the transition to fewer U.S. troops post-2014’.
James F. Dobbins, State’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan; Donald Sampler, assistant to the administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, which provides civilian foreign aid; and Michael Dumont, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia were few of the prominent members who attended the hearing.
Republican Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, quizzed the witnesses about ‘How much the US was spending annually in Afghanistan? How much is the cost to the American taxpayer?
He was met with stone silence from the witness panel. Dobbins gestured to the other witnesses for the answer. They, too, came up empty.
“Anybody know?” Rohrabacker asked, adding: “Nobody knows the total budget, what the US was spending in Afghanistan. It’s a hearing on Afghanistan.
Dobbins said he was sorry that he had no answer about that.
Rohrabacher called the lack of an answer “disheartening.”
When he askedthe witnesses about how many killed and wounded have we suffered in the last 12 months, again, none of the three had an answer.
via Obama’s experts ‘clueless’ on war costs, Americans’ death toll in Afghanistan – Yahoo News India.
James F. Dobbins was eligible for the Vietnam draft but does not appear to have served in the military. He’s followed the usual path: ->”Right” schools ->right connections ->position of power over the military ->contempt for them.
The bio of Donald L “Larry” Sampler claims military experience, but it seems to have been as a civilian expert. We guess that makes him the Großter Feldherr Aller Zeiten, or GROFAZ, in the deprecated acronym of another entrenched leadership.
Michael Dumont actually has military experience:
Before attending law school, Mr. Dumont served over five years on active duty in the U.S. Army as an Army Aviator and paratrooper. He held positions as a flight platoon leader in the Middle East and as an aviation task force executive officer in Central America. Upon leaving the Army, Mr. Dumont affiliated with the Navy Reserve as a Naval Aviator. He holds the rank of Rear Admiral (Lower Half) in the U.S. Navy.
How he gets from this point to his present lofty status of contempt for our KIAs is an open question, but he seems to have become a lawyer (hand and arm signal: “enemy forces”) early on. The Defense Department has previously employed him as an expert in Middle East, Russian, and African affairs in hot rotation, suggesting that he’s not an expert at anything except sucking up. He’s also had SO and CT advisor positions, apparently on the base of his short stint as a throttle jockey in TF 160.
Nota bene that the post we linked, that ID’s these losers as “Obama’s Experts,” is a little unfair — they’re not all Obama’s fault, they’ve been lording it over the military from Beltway fiefdoms since Bush II or even earlier. The problem of Defense and State satraps is not a partisan one.
I wonder if, since being humiliated by Rorabacher, they’ve subsequently bothered to learn how many killed and wounded we have had this year, last year, or ever? The press has lost complete interest in the body counts they used to report with glee. Not sure why, but this loss of interest happened in the winter of 2008/2009 and they’ve never recovered it. But the very people supposedly strategizing the war have lost interest, too. If they ever were interested in anything beyond their pay and benefits, which is doubtful.