By Geneva Sands - 09/16/11 12:21 PM EDT
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said misspent and wasted U.S. funds to both Iraq and Afghanistan, where some taxpayer dollars have gone to the Taliban, are "disturbing."
"What is disturbing was the recent inspector general's report that some 20 to 30 billion dollars both in Iraq and Afghanistan have been wasted and misspent, and in the case of Afghanistan in some cases the money has actually gone to the Taliban. Now that is not an acceptable use of the taxpayer's dollar," said McCain on Fox News's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" Thursday.
McCain clarified that he was unsure of the exact amount of money, but that there has been a lot of waste in both countries.
"There has been a lot of waste over the years in both Afghanistan and Iraq in a noble effort to try help them rebuild their countries, but clearly there has been a lack of oversight and accountability," said McCain.
He said while Congress does exercise oversight for contractors and military spending, the problems with waste and fraud have been harmful for public opinion in support of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
McCain told Fox News that one of the biggest issues in Afghanistan is corruption within the highest levels of government.