GOP's Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Wants Oversight of Taxpayer Spending in Afghanistan

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The NPP's website features a count of dollars spent on the Iraq and Afghan wars; a total it estimates at more than a trillion taxpayer dollars.

Rajiv Shah, administrator of United States Agency for International Development, admitted the need for better evaluation of the agency's programs but touted progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"I visited both countries multiple times over the last year, and I can tell you, whether it's establishing basic health services for Afghans or whether it's creating local shuras in northwest Pakistan to promote viable sub-national governance, USAID's work is absolutely critical to keeping us safe and secure," Shah said Friday.

To what extent cuts to reconstruction would hamper the overall strategy and progress in Afghanistan is unclear, but the driving idea behind the civilian effort is that without a functioning Afghan government and economy by 2014 -- when full transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan authorities is expected -- the country could relapse to Taliban rule.

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