As the United States continues to draw down troops in Afghanistan, extremism inside the country is creeping back in.
The US and Afghanistan are nearing confirmation of a security deal that is a priority on both sides. As the bilateral negotiations finally produced mutually agreeable language, President Obama reassured President Karzai that American forces would "respect the sanctity and dignity of Afghans" but did not apologize for the US military presence (as many reported had been requested).
Taxpayer money is reportedly being used to fund Afghan companies with ties to terrorist organizations, according to Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko.
One Afghan hospital has exceeded its budget by $1 million, is two years behind, and (in the case of fuel) overpaid taxpayer dollars by 9,900%. According to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John Sopko, the $14.6 million hospital USAID is funding in Afghanistan is a massive management failure.
On Tuesday, President Obama will present former Army Captain William D. Swenson with the Congressional Medal of Honor for “courageous actions” while serving overseas in Afghanistan in 2009.
While Obama claims victory for ending the war in Afghanistan, he fails to acknowledge the toll his presidency has taken on the lives of U.S. troops.