"As part of its attempt to boost Afghanistan's economic and political development, the United States is paying thousands of Afghan contractors and subcontractors to perform much of the work that supports U.S. efforts there. But the "Afghan First" program could be achieving just the opposite of its intended effect, according to officials trying to figure out where the money is going."Read the rest of the article in "Afghan war spending faces new scrutiny", The Washington Post, July 30, 2010.
2. July 2010 has the most deaths thus far in the 9 year Afghan War. See "July Deadliest Month of Afghan War for US", Military.com, July 30, 2010.