"Wardak sits atop a murky pyramid of Afghan subcontractors who provide the vehicles and safeguard their passage. U.S. military officials say they are satisfied with the results, but they concede that they have little knowledge or control over where the money ends up.
According to senior Obama administration officials, some of it may be going to the Taliban, as part of a protection racket in which insurgents and local warlords are paid to allow the trucks unimpeded passage, often sending their own vehicles to accompany the convoys through their areas of control.
The essential question, said an American executive whose company does significant work in Afghanistan, is "whether you'd rather pay $1,000" for Afghans to safely deliver a truck, even if part of the money goes to the insurgents, or pay 10 times that much for security provided by the U.S. military or contractors.
President Obama made a surprise trip to the country Sunday to press President Hamid Karzai to do more to clean up corruption in Afghanistan. Congress has warned repeatedly that U.S. assistance depends on progress in this area.
The likelihood that U.S. money is finding its way to the enemy as well as lining officials' pockets — charges that Wardak says could be true for other transport contractors but not for his company — is "one of the many very important things that came to light" during last fall's White House strategy review, an administration official said." de Young
Wardak's father is the Afghan Minister of Defense. This may all be innocent, but how likely is that? A $360 million contract for doing what, exactly? Hiring sub-contractors? This is a "pass through" on a truly grand scale.
1- Do we know that this is the only DoD contract in which the younger Wardak has his fingers?
2- How was this contract awarded? Were normal contracting procedures followed?
3- What happens to our supply chain if Wardak loses the contract? pl