• No One Knows Where $210 Million USAID-funded Afghan Clinics Are

    July 8, 2015

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Embassy/State

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    No one knows — literally, geographically, physically — what happened to $210 million in American taxpayer money spent by USAID, a part of your U.S. Department of State, on Afghan health programs.

    This is not a case of “well, it went to buy a heck of a lot of filing cabinets,” or “it was flushed down the toilet,” though those things are indeed possible. No, it appears that by using geospatial imagery, the Special Inspector for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR; slogan: “Can we please go home now?”) determined that 80 percent of the health facilities that were supposed to have been built never were.

    Worse yet, USAID accepted hilariously inaccurate data as proof of construction, including coordinates that would have located a medical facility in the middle of the Mediterranean.


    But the real wackiness is, as always, in the details:

    — Thirteen coordinates for funded Afghan projects were not even located in Afghanistan, with one located in the Mediterranean Sea.

    — Coordinates for 30 facilities were located in a province different from the one USAID reported.

    — In 13 cases, USAID reported two different funded facilities at the same coordinates.

    — 189 sets of coordinates showed no physical structure within 400 feet of the reported coordinates, and a subset of 81, or just under half of these locations, showed no physical structure within a half mile of the reported coordinates.

    — 154 coordinates did not identify a specific building.

    Takeaways? The buffoons running the USAID programs are just phoning it in. They are not even trying anymore to hide their own corruption, sloth, stupidity or lack of even the slightest concern for oversight. Any bonehead with Google Maps could have discovered with four mouse clicks USAID was being fed bogus data by its contractors, though apparently USAID is short of boneheads at present to do that work.

    As the inspectors at SIGAR sum it all up, “To provide meaningful oversight of these facilities, USAID needs to know where they are.”

    Play the USAID Game at Home, Kids! Based on coordinates provided, pictured is one supposed clinic, perched on a glacial peak:

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    • John Poole said...

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      The Mediterranean Sea coordinate was indeed legitimate. It was a floating health clinic to train Afghan doctors to treat sea sickness- a serious condition in some of the outer provinces. I think the 60 foot yacht was paid for in cash and registered to a contractor from Iowa.

      07/8/15 9:02 AM | Comment Link

    • Chuck Nasmith said...

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      I don’t have it!

      07/8/15 11:39 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Chuck- check again please. It’s 60 feet you can’t hide something that long! We’ll forgive you if you admit to the crime. Ha.

      07/8/15 12:12 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”No One Knows Where $210 Million USAID-funded Afghan Clinics Are”unquote

      I do. The same place a few billion dollars in gold and cash that disappeared from Iraq is.

      quote”Takeaways? The buffoons running the USAID programs are just phoning it in. They are not even trying anymore to hide their own corruption, sloth, stupidity or lack of even the slightest concern for oversight.”unquote

      Lack of even the slightest concern for oversight. Right.

      They learned from Congress. And the CIA. And the NSA. And the DEA. And the IRS. And the ATF. And the EPA. And the VA. And the DOD. And the OMB. And the OPM. ..and on..and on. What did you expect? Move on along now…nothing to see here.

      bartender.. time for a shot of 100prf Status Quo.

      07/9/15 6:59 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch, you forgot the SS and even DS. Now it looks like even the Interior Department hires slackers. An “agent” had his gun stolen from his car. If I remember correctly one’s weapon is not supposed to be in the actual cabin but safe in the trunk if it has to be left behind so someone can’t just break a window and grab stuff. But I guess once inside the car one could activate the trunk latch and take a look but most thieves don’t go that far. They grab what is quickly evident and scat.

      07/9/15 11:50 AM | Comment Link

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