It’s been called the war we forgot to end and it’s been a nightmarish money pit. You name the project or expenditure and I’ll name another case of corruption and failure. For instance we spent $28 million bucks more than we had to on uniforms for the Afghan army, because of the precocious whim of one worthless Afghanistan general who couldn’t lead ants to a sugar cube. He had to have unique camo uniforms and we had plenty of off-the-shelf uniforms ready to go, but no, those were not good enough!
Remember all those schools we just had to build to educate that half of the population that is ignorant, unskilled and under 25? Those schools are mostly sitting empty. The demand for a Western style education is almost non-existent in gravel country. But, besides that over looked detail, we forgot to ask, where do we get the teachers? So, we’ve schools, lots of schools, but no students and no teachers. Brilliant, eh? And that was done on Obama’s watch along with a few more boondoggles; can stand to read about more?
Two years ago the Army told Congress they absolutely had to have a modern command center located in southwestern Afghanistan. Congress of course believed them and eventually appropriated $34 million to build the state of the art 2 story operations center with tiered seating and a briefing theater. It has spacious offices, fancy chairs and powerful air conditioning system. It has the best of everything, except for one thing….no troops. It’s empty. See, about the time the project was ready to start the Army was already withdrawing troops and of course they didn’t see the need the for the building anymore. But, they didn’t want to tell Congress, because Congress had gone to a lot of trouble to appropriate the money and it would be kinda embarrassing to suddenly them, uh, never mind. So they just let it be built.
The windowless, two-story structure, which is larger than a football field, was completed this year. Commanders in the area, who insisted three years ago that they needed the building, now are in the process of withdrawing forces and they see no reason to move into the new facility.
But, wait, there’s more! In Kandahar province, the U.S. military recently completed a $45 million facility to repair armored vehicles and other complex pieces of equipment. The space is now being used as a temporary staging ground to sort through equipment that is being shipped out of the country.
And all those new roads we built over the course of the last 7 years at a cost of many billions, less then 10% remain usable. We’ve never spent more to rebuild an impoverished country and have less to show for it than in Afghanistan. Chalk this one up to, stuck on stupid.
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