• U.S. Spent $43 Million of Your Tax Money on One Gas Station in Afghanistan

    November 4, 2015

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    We are all lucky that the U.S. just wasted $43 million on a natural gas filling station in Afghanistan rather than here in Das Homeland. In America, the money would have likely just been pissed away on schools, roads, bridges or healthcare for the elderly, instead of helping promote freedom among the freaking Taliban Afghans. Well done, Skippy.


    Oh, the details. The sad, nearly-suicidally depressed staff at the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a report this week on the Department of Defense’s Task Force for Stability and Business Operations (TFBSO) project to construct a compressed natural gas (CNG) automobile filling station in Afghanistan at a cost of $43 million to the American taxpayer.


    That SIGAR report noted:

    — The CNG station was built at a crazy exorbitant cost to U.S. taxpayers. In comparison to the $43 million spent in Afghanistan, a CNG station in Pakistan costs no more than $500,000 to construct. That makes it about 84 times as expensive in the Afghan edition.

    — The Pentagon claimed to SIGAR it is unable to provide an explanation for the high cost of the project or answer any questions about the project. Sure, why not. SIGAR: So why’d this cost $43 million? Pentagon: F*ck, we don’t know. Go away.

    — In addition, SIGAR “finds it both shocking and incredible” that the Pentagon asserts it no longer has any knowledge about its own Task Force for Stability and Business Operations (TFBSO) project, an $800 million program that reported directly to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Nope, just don’t know, brother, sorry, wish we could help you.

    — But just before the Pentagon stopped knowing anything about its own program, the former program head said, “We do capitalism. We’re about helping companies make money.” Indeed.

    — No evidence exists that TFBSO conducted a feasibility study before spending $43 million on the station. If TFBSO had conducted a feasibility study of the project, they might have noted that Afghanistan lacks the natural gas transmission and distribution infrastructure necessary to support a viable market for CNG vehicles.

    — Additionally, it appears the cost of converting a car to run on CNG may be prohibitive for the average Afghan. TFBSO’s contractor stated that conversion to CNG costs $700 per car in Afghanistan, where the average annual income is $690. Oh, so close, assuming the average Afghan family did not wish to eat or purchase ammunition for a full year.

    Anyway, freedom.




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    • John Poole said...

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      TFBSO: “We meant well- isn’t that enough? Now leave us alone. We’re got more capitalism to do.”

      11/4/15 8:11 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      I really need to copyright “We Meant Well” as a phrase and then live off the license money.

      11/4/15 8:41 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      I think VW could have done the CNG conversion for $50 per car for all Afghans-of course the cars would still need to burn gasoline to actually run. The CNG doohickee container would be handy to carry extra gasoline.

      11/4/15 8:16 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Paul Brinkley- another face for the deck of cards of American War Criminals. He’s a four of diamonds. Paul Bremer rates at maybe a ten of spades. I’m gonna need at least ten decks to cover all the “little” people who ennabled the war machine to gobble up tax money.

      11/4/15 8:32 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      First off..this asinine project redefines the word absurd.
      I mean..how many cars in Afghanistan use natural gas? More over..how many people own a car period. For this price..the DOD could have filled every gas tank in the nation .. America that is. Insert rolling eyes here.

      However, the real piss-off here is the DOD shrugging off the answers to the IG questions. If Congress doesn’t pin these assholes down…well, we know they won’t..cause..the F-35.

      All I know is the DOD is now raising their middle finger to the taxpayers of this nation.

      11/4/15 10:52 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Guess the gas station was a ‘steal’

      11/4/15 11:08 AM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...

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      But we didn’t mean well, and still don’t.

      11/4/15 11:48 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      When Veep Cheney’s Halliburton gets ALL the no-bid contracts in this and the Iraq FiasCo,WHILE he’s In OFFICE; the remainder of this graft, corruption, waste, fraud and abuse follows! It’s halfascism epitomized!! Jest Ask BUNNY,Skippy!
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunny_Greenhouse

      11/4/15 2:49 PM | Comment Link

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