• Today’s Dump of Wasted Taxpayer Money in Afghanistan

    June 17, 2015

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Embassy/State, Military

    your money down the toilet


    Keeping abreast of the waste of U.S. taxpayer money in Afghanistan’s so-called “reconstruction” is a full-time job.

    Since I already have a full-time job and can’t do it, luckily the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) does document the waste as a full-time job.

    Here are just a few updates.

    Kandahar Industrial Park

    The U.S. paid for a number of industrial parks in Afghanistan. The idea was if water, electricity and roads were established, businesses would somehow pop up spontaneously and the bleak landscape of Afghanistan would soon resemble the bleak landscape surrounding many small American cities. Such was the plan for Kandahar.

    However, during the inspection of one such “industrial park,” SIGAR found only one active Afghan business at the facility, which was originally planned to accommodate 48 businesses. Better yet, due to missing contract files and the lack of electricity at the time of their site visit, SIGAR was not able to fully inspect and assess whether construction met contract requirements.

    Of interest, Kandahar was not the first time missing contract documents prevented SIGAR from conducting a full inspection of a USAID-funded facility. In January 2015, missing contract documents limited the inspection of the no doubt otherwise scenic Gorimar Industrial Park in Balkh province. That inspection also noted that a lack of electricity and water left the $7.7 million U.S.-funded industrial park largely vacant.

    Undaunted by the lack of progress on 14 years of bringing electricity to these areas of Afghanistan, USAID officials intend to solicit bids within the next few months on a contract for a solar power system.


    Afghan Army Slaughterhouse

    Everyone’s gotta eat, right? So, the U.S. decided to spend $12 million of your tax money to construct an animal slaughterhouse to supply meat to the Afghan National Army.

    The good news is that no animals were harmed in the construction of this slaughterhouse.

    Why? Because, as SIGAR tells us, before it was completed, the slaughterhouse project was canceled. However the contractor not building the facility was paid $1.54 million anyway, even though the project was no more than 10 percent complete.

    But because the taxpayer teat is a plump one, the contractor has requested $4.23 million in additional payments. Consequently, the cost to terminate the slaughterhouse project could rise to as much as $5.77 million.

    The project was originally designated as a “high priority” by the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A). However, 15 months after the project started, CSTC-A determined that an existing facility would meet the need. Hence, the (expensive) termination.


    Afghan Government Bailout

    You thought we were done? Hah. The U.S. just received a formal request from the Afghan government for a $537 million budget bailout, just kinda because they needed more money for, um, whatever they spend money on.

    Your State Department, ever on the job, already handed over $100 million of your money, even while warning the budget shortfall could be as much as $400 million this year unless the Afghan government’s revenue generation increases significantly.

    No one has any idea how the Afghan government might increase revenue generation significantly, except perhaps if they use all of that $100 million to buy Lotto tickets.



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    • Kyzl Orda said...

      1

      These are just the tip of the iceberg.

      And wouldnt it have just been cheaper to send the Army Corps of Engineers into villages and dig wells that, well, people could actually use?

      06/17/15 8:10 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Did you receive a letter from CSID about your records likely being hacked?

      The craz(ier) part is the offer to buy continued monitoring coverage from the OPM contractor offering the 1 year of free monitoring coverage. Something seems wrong, on top of the tepid safe-keeping of our information, 1) to present a business opportunity profiting off what is a debacle, and 2) do so in support of the contractor hired to notify current and former government employees their records have been hacked

      06/17/15 8:11 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      If living proof the American taxpayer is a registered member of the DFCOTP.. this is it.

      Dumbest fucking people on the planet. They don’t have a clue come April 15th. Yes, like i’ve said a thousand fucking times, until the stupid fucking morons of this nation wake up to the fact they we’re sold out in 1913 by the Oligarchy.. they will continue to simply comply with the 16th Amendment. i’m just glad i learned 20 years ago. Btw..did I mention..fuck the IRS and the Federal Reserve, notwithstanding the 16th Amendment. oh..and just in case those who don’t understand why the Framers gave you the 2nd amendment.. this whole blog post should give you a goddamn clue. Meanwhile ..there are those people out there that DO fucking understand why the Founders gave you the right to own a weapon.

      06/17/15 8:39 PM | Comment Link

    • Nic108 said...

      4

      I read all your posts avidly, Peter, and would like to post them on Facebook. I don’t see a way to do that. Would you consider adding one?

      06/17/15 11:06 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

      5

      There’s a facebook icon in the upper right that should work for this, or you can copy and paste the address such as https://wemeantwell.com/blog/2015/06/17/todays-dump-of-wasted-taxpayer-money-in-afghanistan/ into your Facebook. Let me know if this somehow doesn’t work and we’ll figure it out!

      06/17/15 11:22 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      We not only dump the most money, we have dumped the most humans. Thanks a fucking pant’s load, team USA. (A cynic might note here how we do not take in many of the refugees whose lives we ruined, and the few who make it into the US are “monitored” forever after and treated like suspects by their neighbors and their new government.)

      “The world hasn’t had so many refugees or internally displaced people since 1945, and numbers are expected to increase, according to an Australian research center.

      “About 1 percent of the global population, or about 73 million people, have been forced to leave their homes amid a spike in armed conflict over the past four years, the Institute for Economics and Peace, which compiles the Global Peace Index, said in a report published on Wednesday.

      ” ‘One in every 130 people on the planet is currently a refugee or displaced and most of that comes out of conflicts in the Middle East,’ institute director Steve Killelea said by phone. The numbers in Syria, where as many as 13 million of its 22 million people are displaced, are ‘staggering,’ he said. […]

      “The impact of this violence on the global economy, including the cost of waging war, homicides, internal security services, and violent and sexual crimes, reached $14.3 trillion in the past year, it said. ‘To put into perspective, it’s 13.4 percent of global gross domestic product, equivalent to the combined
      economies of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the U.K.,’ Killelea said. […]”

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-17/world-hasn-t-had-so-many-refugees-since-1945-report-says

      06/18/15 6:50 AM | Comment Link

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