• Pentagon Wastes $800 Million On Businesses in Afghanistan

    January 29, 2016

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Military

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    Short answer: the Pentagon spent $800 million of your tax dollars to try and get businesses started in Afghanistan. They didn’t get any businesses started.

    Nobody spent a f*cking penny to help Americans at home start businesses like that.


    Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Brian McKeon told the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support that maybe all that money wasn’t wasted. McKeon said that the costly effort “had mixed results, with some successes and some failures.” He urged patience before branding the whole project as entirely misguided. “It’s a little early to say,” he offered, adding that “the jury is still out” on the fate of various projects.

    McKeon, however, listed no specific projects that succeeded and gave no information on why it may be too early to tell how things will work out in Afghanistan. He did not say out loud, but knew, that this sh*t has been going on in Afghanistan for more than 14 years already, so how can it still be too early to tell? Dude, you’re not aging whiskey here.


    McKeon faced off before the subcommittee against John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), who described the Defense Department’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, known as TFBSO, the folks who spent that $800 million because they could not find a match to simply set fire to it, as a “scattershot approach.”

    “It sounded like they just got together and they said, ‘Hey, this sounds like a great idea, and we have an unlimited budget. Let’s just do it and see if it works.’ And that’s why no one could really say with any credibility that the programs were effective,” Sopko remarked.

    Sopko’s office has unleashed critical reports about Pentagon spending in Afghanistan — especially TFBSO, which was finally disbanded in a mercy killing last year. Financial records show that the task force spent $43 million on a compressed natural gas filling station that has been widely mocked as the world’s most expensive. It also spent upwards of $150 million on private villas and associated security, bankrolled a multi-million dollar Afghan start-up incubator that is now defunct, and even paid to import Italian goats in order to jumpstart the country’s cashmere industry.

    “Now what I want to know, Secretary McKeon, is who made this decision?” Senator Claire McCaskill asked. “Who decided it was a brilliant idea when the people of a country make $690 a year that we’re going to spend — I don’t care if it was $2.9 million or $200 million — who made the brilliant decision that this is a good idea, to put a natural gas gas station in Afghanistan?”

    McKeon wasn’t prepared to answer that question, though he added “I’m not a businessman. You make a lot of valid points.”




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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Follow the money. The crooks in the Pentagon can’t provide receipts for the money that was stolen from these programs.

      01/29/16 7:53 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      “Trickle down” MIC and Co. will blow you up, or piss on your leg if you aren’t with them, for their so called democracy. U$A (repeat)

      01/29/16 9:29 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rumor has it the OODG(office of obfuscation, doublespeak, and gimmicks) has been working overtime for a year drafting boilerplate statements and answers, notwithstanding opening a new training division in the art of Lying Through Your Teeth While Keeping A Strait Face, specifically tailored for Agency and Departmental scumbags who couldn’t lie their way out of a paper bag. Also of note, is their 24/7 chat hotline for Congressional hearing members who need real time questions and facial expression suggestions in response to boilerplate answers by hearing witnesses. All under oath mind you. Meanwhile, the Afghanistan funding gravy train continues unabated while Congress decides WHO should take the fall.

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      01/29/16 11:43 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      McKeon has most likely lived a very comfy life working for DC elite for many decades He has to give a little back now to his paymasters by lying about their failures. Pity the guy.

      01/29/16 1:21 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Side note for sure. Sanders suggests we can right the ship by following Denmark’s social model. Wait, A nation of 330 million where “diversity” is praised as the holy grail of greatness wants to use a super homogeneous nation of 7 million as a model? Time to snuff out the doobie Bernie.

      01/29/16 2:52 PM | Comment Link

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      Follow up: what happens when you have “diversity” as the ultimate ideal? Simple, you have no possibility of forming ideals. Diversity is helpful as a means to reach an ideal- it is not the penultimate ideal.

      01/29/16 7:04 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      “McKeon wasn’t prepared to answer that question, though he added “I’m not a businessman. You make a lot of valid points.”

      Sad

      01/29/16 7:43 PM | Comment Link

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