• Support the Troops: $36 Million Wasted on Unwanted, Unneeded & Unused Facility in Afghanistan

    June 9, 2015

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Military

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    This is how you really support the troops. By not listening to them, and wasting taxpayer money in their name. Also, not punishing the willfully, joyously, incompetent and corrupt people who committed those acts.


    Once again the depressed people at the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR; new slogan: “Documenting the Fall of Empire, 24/7/365”) released the results of an investigation into the construction of a 64,000 square foot command and control facility (cleverly known as “64K,” perhaps after the amount of computer memory used to think this through) at Camp Leatherneck in scenic Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 64K (which would also be a good rapper name) was intended to support the military Surge in Afghanistan. FYI: The Surge was intended to support defeating the Taliban (slogan: we’re here forever and you’re not, b*itches!)

    Instead, the construction of 64K resulted in the waste of $36 million in U.S. taxpayer funds, and corrupt forces within the Pentagon tried to hide the results.


    SIGAR found the following:

    — While a request to Congress for funding the 64K facility was pending and a year before construction even started, multiple generals on the ground in Afghanistan requested cancellation of the facility. This included the general in charge of the surge in Helmand, who recommended cancellation because existing facilities were “more than sufficient.” No one cared what he had to say, him being only the guy on the ground and all.

    — The request to cancel was denied by another general who believed that it would not be “prudent” to cancel a project for which funds had already been appropriated by Congress. Because that made sense.

    — While the building was intended to support the 2010 surge, construction did not begin until May 2011, just two months before the drawdown of the Surge began. About seven months after the conclusion of the Surge, construction of the 64K facility was still only 98 percent complete. Fun Fact: “Surges” used to be known as “escalations,” until everyone in Washington figured out that was a bad word and The Surge sounded like the name of a cool MMA dude. Americans like that.

    — A military investigation into the 64K facility stated that the findings were based on “interviews with key individuals.” However, the head of the investigation acknowledged he did not interview any witnesses and never spoke to the general who overruled the commanders in Afghanistan and ordered the 64K facility to be built.

    — During the course of SIGAR’s investigation, there were a number of instances in which military officials apparently decided to “slow roll” or discourage candid responses to SIGAR’s requests for documents and information.

    — Evidence uncovered by SIGAR indicates a senior officer serving as a legal advisor attempted to coach witnesses involved in an active investigation and encouraged military personnel not to cooperate with SIGAR. SIGAR believes these actions constituted both misconduct and mismanagement, and violated his professional and ethical responsibilities as an Army lawyer. There is no confirmation that lawyer now works on Wall Street, but I think we can see that coming.

    –The report recommended the Department of Defense discipline the senior officers involved in the 64K mess and coverup. DOD did not concur with this recommendation, for freedom.



    To be continued…




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    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Why aren’t these DOD criminal sonsabitichs being hauled before Congress? …oh..wait..I forgot. The entire Congress owns stock in the contracting corporations that built it. right. Nevermind.

      sheezusH.. it never stops. Next thing you know we’ll find out the DOJ/FBI raises their middle finger to the “rule of law”…wait…. DOH!!

      https://www.emptywheel.net/

      06/9/15 8:50 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Ya know, the blatant corruption in this country is now at the point they might as well put up billboards with FUCK YOU on it.

      06/9/15 8:58 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      “The report recommended the Department of Defense discipline the senior officers involved in the 64K mess and coverup. DOD did not concur with this recommendation, for freedom.”

      I would recommend the creation of a deck of cards with photos of all the “senior officers” involved. But everyone knows the Pentagone is a house of cards and the deck is full of jokers.

      06/9/15 9:23 AM | Comment Link

    • starknakedtruth said...

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      My dear Pitchfork…

      The signs you speak of are already up and available for everyone to see.

      Look harder. We’re all screwed and have been for some time.

      06/9/15 9:35 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      The empire will not self correct at this point because it cannot self correct. Such action would require self dismantlement which is not in its structural DNA, Try to stay out of the Coliseum’s main staging area if you have already wisely decoupled from empire, The new “christians” (the present Christians are all Romans now) will need a few centuries to forge a viable alternative to this venal monstrous empire.

      06/9/15 11:18 AM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      Great observation, Peter:

      “Surges” used to be known as “escalations,” until everyone in Washington figured out that was a bad word and The Surge sounded like the name of a cool MMA dude. Americans like that.

      Yeah, an escalation is a weak and limpid thing; old people take escalators. Surging, OTOH, is muscular. Waves and hordes surge. The DoD seems to be full of hordes of whores.

      Also, per your observation on the unethical Army lawyer finding a home on Wall St.:

      I’d say it’s even odds he could land a teaching post at a nice liberal school like Berkeley (Mr. Yoo, anyone?), teaching a new gen how to be unethical and in the process earn the big buckaroos.

      06/9/15 11:28 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Lisa- An escalator to the dark side?- To surge is a whole different action. A surge of blood leading to tumescence- a manly state of arousal and action and a fitting term for today’s clueless warriors for empire. All hard on with no brains.

      06/9/15 3:11 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Totally off subject!! Maybe changing one’s “gender” is sort of like reorganizing a corporation to avoid costly liabilies and litigation. Jenner can say he is not the person who drove the car which rammed into the car in front causing a death. “Sorry, Mr Plaintive- I’m not that person- “he” no longer exists. Good luck with your lawsuit against a defunct person.

      06/9/15 4:06 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      JP,

      Yes, it’s fun to look at the meanings behind the words. Ladies buy stairways to heaven (=escalators to god), men surge forward on the moving airport walkways, moving ever faster in a unidirectional plane (toward a plane.)

      An escalation is measured and cautious (though not necessarily wise), whereas a surge is reckless, tumbling hither and yon (when it ought to be fully assessing the grid square beforehand.) Like you say, surging is hot and testosteron-ey, Like Serena lunging for the net.

      … for some reason, Bruce brought her to mind.

      06/10/15 12:25 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Lisa- now Obama is “sending” 500 more troops to Iraq to train Iraqi soldiers.
      I guess instructors/trainers can’t be surged but only “sent”. Send has a Hallmark card type of association.

      06/10/15 7:31 AM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      Correct, an instructor/trainer has only the best of intentions, y’see. He is sent (signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours …”) to HELP you.

      Because, dude, Iraqi soldiers don’t know how to fight (said like John Goodman’s character Walter Sobchak.) At least that’s the story.

      But what they REALLY need is instruction in philosophy, history and folly. They need Tony Robbins to gird them once more unto the breach. They’re Iraqis, god dammit! (Well, as of Sykes-Picot, last century.)

      Let Aaron Tippin lead them in a rousing chorus of “You’ve Got to Stand for Something”, to wit:

      You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything

      You’ve got to be your own man, not a puppet on a string

      Never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name [But maybe that’s what they’re doing?]

      Oh, let me compose a training manual. It will be the resurrection of Liberal Arts, versus it’s death knell.

      06/10/15 10:20 AM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      JP:

      George Carlin had the classic insight into word play with his “Football vs. Baseball:

      Baseball is a nineteenth-century pastoral game.

      Football is a twentieth-century technological struggle.

      Baseball is played on a diamond, in a park. The baseball park!

      Football is played on a GRIDIRON, in a STADIUM, sometimes called SOLDIER FIELD or WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM.

      Baseball vs. Football

      06/10/15 10:30 AM | Comment Link

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