U.S. Taxpayers Spent $851 A Minute Training 60 Syrian Rebels

That's like ripping up a ten dollar bill every 0.69 seconds

Jul 10, 2015 at 11:08 AM ET

The Obama administration’s troubled program to train Syrian rebels against the Islamic State was dealt another blow Wednesday when a report surfaced showing that the U.S. burned through about $250 million preparing a mere 60 soldiers for battle. That’s a burn rate of more than $850 a minute since the funds for the initiative were approved, Vocativ has found.

A congressional aide, who was not authorized to speak publicly, told Politico that military personnel had already spent roughly half of the $500 million committed to the program, which aims to train thousands of Syrian fighters to take on ISIS. Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter stunned lawmakers when he admitted that the program, thus far, had only vetted 60 candidates.

The revelation comes as the White House continues to draw criticism from its strategy to defeat ISIS. Using Carter’s and Politico’s figures, the U.S. spent $851.03 per minute (or $14.18 every second) on its Syrian training initiative between the time President Obama authorized the expenditure on December 16, 2014 and when Politico published its report. Here’s what that looks like—watch as your hard-earned tax dollars fly from the treasury into the hands of questionable rebel groups in Syria.

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