Posted by Jack
$43 Million Spent on a Gas Station…in Afghanistan
From 2011 to 2014, the Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, tasked with building up Afghanistan’s economy, spent nearly $43 million to build a Compressed Natural Gas filling station in Sheberghan, Afghanistan.
Sadly, someone didn’t do their research, or they would have discovered that there was no natural gas distribution ability in Afghanistan and the cost to convert a vehicle to CNG exceeded the average annual income in the country.
After a tremendous waste of taxpayer dollars – spending a total of $766 million during the organization’s lifetime, the DOD closed the failed TFBSO in March 2015.
NEXT: According to interviews and government documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, the effort to make Afghans eat soy has been marked by mismanagement, poor government oversight and financial waste. Warnings by agronomists that the $34 million program was unwise were ignored, as was a simple fact: Afghans don’t like soy beans and as a crop they won’t grow there. In March, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko met with project and government employees in the country who told him there is no “significant demand for soybean products in Afghanistan,” as he wrote in a letter the following month to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “This should have been expected, since Afghans apparently have never grown or eaten soybeans before,” Sopko wrote.
We spent over a billion for various aircraft for the Afghani’s, but there is little hope they will every have anyone that can fly them.
Millions of your tax dollars bought woodland camoflauge uniforms for their military forces, unfortunately less than 2% of their land mass is woodland.
We spent over a half million on a government building that melted in the rain. Same went for the walls.
There’s more…. stay tuned.