• U.S. Spent $14.6 Million Taxpayer Dollars on Failed Hospital in Afghanistan

    October 11, 2016

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Embassy/State

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    The war in Afghanistan is ready to enter its 16th year (if it was a kid it’s be ready to start driving) and by most definitions is pretty much a bust.

    Despite that, both mainstream candidates have made it clear in public statements they intend to continue pouring money — and lives — into that suppurating sore of American foreign policy. Despite that, there has been no mention of the war in two debates.


    Anyway, while we worry a lot about who call who naughty names in the final presidential debate, can you check around where you live and let me know if your town could use a new hospital, all paid for by someone else’s tax dollars, you know, free to you? ‘Cause that’s the deal Afghanistan got from the USG, only even that turned into a clusterfutz when no one paid much attention to how the facility was thrown together.

    There’s a photo, above, of the actual $14.6 million hospital. Seriously.

    And so again we turn to the latest reporting from the saddest people in government, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR just slit its wrists in depression after publishing an inspection report on the $14.6 million U.S.-funded Gardez Hospital.


    The inspection notes:

    — USAID, through one of its partners, awarded a $13.5 million contract to construct the 100-bed hospital by 2011. About five years after that deadline passed and after a cost increase to $14.6 million, the Gardez hospital is mostly complete.

    — SIGAR found deficiencies with the hospital’s fire safety system, including a lack of emergency lighting system, exit signs pointing in the wrong direction, and missing fire alarms.

    — And although the International Building Code requires hospitals to have full automatic fire suppression sprinkler systems, no one required the contractor to install any. Instead, the contract required it somehow only install the pipes, valves, fittings, and connections for the system, but not the water pump, nozzles, and several other parts to provide a complete and workable system.

    — Poor workmanship includes cracks in the roadways and parking areas, crumbling sidewalks, leaking roofs, cracked exterior plaster, peeling paint, and rusted hardware on the security gates. SIGAR brought a total of 42 deficiencies involving poor workmanship to USAID’s over a year ago. Only 13 have been fixed.

    — The hospital’s steam boiler system had not been installed correctly and had missing and damaged parts, a situation described as “dangerous.”

    — The Afghan government estimates it will cost $2.3 million annually to operate and maintain the 100-bed Gardez hospital, which is almost four times the cost to operate the 70-bed hospital that it is replacing. SIGAR found no evidence that USAID had conducted any analysis to determine whether the ministry had the ability to operate and maintain the new health facility, but just built it anyway.




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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      SIGAR should issue playing cards with the names and photos of all the USAID jerks who were involved in the audit decisions. Of course, they should all be Jokers.

      10/11/16 9:35 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Does Afghanistan have a single payer system ?

      10/11/16 10:03 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Does Afghanistan have a single payer system ?

      yes, US

      10/11/16 11:32 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      4

      Well…

      At least we know it is not just the VA that is being mis-managed.
      What is the current count of money the USG has screwed around with them???
      500,000,000,000, 000,000.00 ????

      That’s beyond the unattached dollar amount of how dare ANYONE treat veterans that way!!!

      M

      10/11/16 1:31 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      5

      PS.

      I am not a veteran.
      I just know who to thank for the freedoms we have.

      M

      10/11/16 1:33 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

      6

      Mitch, are you native american? Did you have a nice Columus Day? Wage peace. Humanity and the Planet come first. Rich hit my bonus question and won. #1 Go usa

      10/11/16 1:40 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      7

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha,

      Actually, yes….native born,
      Strange…huh?

      Columbus day…I planted the seeds of discontent and strife,… Helping some people get rid of a nutcase mayor in a city where I did some volunteer work with law enforcement.

      You would just LOVE her….NOT!!!
      Talk about what happens when entitlement comes to power? Just…. DAMN!!!!

      Peace?????…not if Killary wins.

      What’s the statement???

      If your reading this in English…thank a Vet??

      To clarify…..

      I look at things the old fashioned way…

      Hard work is the only way to success.
      And…. Success is the most awesome of revenge’s

      Speak your mind… So you don’t waste time in meetings where individuals are trying to tell you what to think.

      Limit your liability but not hiring stupid people.

      Reward hard work, with a raise and more hard work.

      Be generous with praise, so employees know when your pissed off.

      Never trust a politician…. They just want money or your vote….or both.

      The best indicator of future behaviors, is past behaviors… God help us in the upcoming elections.

      And, never, ever, forget to tell your wife and kids you love them.
      Especially before you go to work.

      Pretty simple.

      Oh,….. And never ever fly with a drunk pilot, never step on Superman’s cape, never pick a fight with anyone named Leroy…

      And, absolutely, never dis-respect a Veteran.

      M

      10/11/16 2:21 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      8

      Did you have a nice Columbus Day?

      Down here in Colombia they don’t celebrate a mass murderer.

      http://11oclocknews.typepad.com/the_11_oclock_news/2011/10/get-rich-on-wall-street-class-warfare.html

      10/11/16 2:55 PM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...

      9

      I guess we had to do SOMETHING to pretend that we didn’t mean to bomb that Doctors Without Borders hospital…so here’s a little hospital for ya.

      10/11/16 3:29 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

      10

      Good one. In a year when the Taliban overrun this place we’ll have to blow up this hospital, too.

      10/11/16 7:39 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      11

      Columbus to West Indies inhabitants: ” Congratulations, You’ve just been discovered!”

      West Indies inhabitants: “You mean like Lana Turner at a soda fountain near Hollywood High? Whoopee!”

      10/11/16 4:05 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      12

      Coumbus again to West Indies natives. “Yes indeed, we’ll be shooting all of your scenes at first daylight but not with cameras. Lights, action, fire!”

      10/11/16 4:12 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      13

      America was founded on the myth that Coiumbus “discovered” India! He named the unfortunate natives of an island south of this continent Indians. This could explain why getting off on the wrong foot leads to total delusion. It has been looney tunes ever since.

      10/11/16 6:04 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Mitch. I played a reception honoring John P, Murtha recently in Philadelphia who now has a battleship named after him. The organizer insisted there be a plaque on the piano which stated my “service”. O2N20 Spec 4 438th Army Band, drafted ’67 Elapsed time in service =’69. I had full colonels from the current navy coming up and thanking me for my service. I was a strange feeling. Met a guy who had served in Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. He was about 80. Surreal!

      10/11/16 6:08 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      15

      Mr. Poole

      Sir,

      I thank you, as well.

      Every time I come across a Veteran, I always say thank you.

      Interesting incident for you.
      I am originally from California.
      My work causes me to go all over hell and back.

      One night, driving back home, from a place called Clear Lake, headed through the canyon toward I-5, no cell signal in the canyon.
      I came across a car with a flat.
      I have an interesting set of skills, so, to stop and aid is not uncommon to me.
      So… I pull up, very nice, very humble man, comes walking back my car.
      Thanks me for stopping. Says the flat, is his spare.
      All he is asking is if I would JUST let chp,(california highway patrol) know he was there.

      So, as I’m talking to him, looking at his car, I looked at his license plate.

      I FELT my eyes go the size of truck tires.

      I looked at this mellow, humble man, and asked,

      Sir, is that you car???

      He said,

      Yes, Sir.

      I asked,

      Sir, those are your license plates???

      He responded,

      Yes, Sir.

      I stated,

      Sir, HOW dare you call me sir, SIR!
      Your a Medal of Honor winner.
      Holy crap, Sir!!!!!

      He was so mellow, so humble.

      Well. I drove like a bat out of hell to get cell signal. Called CHP. Told them where the car was.
      Dispatcher asked me if I got a plate number.

      I responded,
      Nope, but you can not mistake it.

      Dispatcher,

      Why??

      I stated,

      Its a Medal of Honor plate!

      Dispatcher:

      NO SHIT!!!!

      I stated,

      Nope. And I’m going back to wait with him tell you all get there. I’m not leaving that man alone. Period.

      Dispatcher:

      I understand. We are dispatching now.

      By the time I got back, maybe 10 minutes, there were 10 CHP officers, 4 County deputies, and 2 tow trucks.
      Putting all new tires, including the spare for him.
      Cops apparently all kicked in to pay for the tires. Tow truck companies refused the money.

      When I came around the turn,CHP almost drew on me.

      I telling them, I called you. I was just coming back to wait with him tell you guys got here.
      They mellowed out pretty quick.

      They were as much in pure AWE as I was, and am to this day.

      The man’s statement.

      Thank you. But you did not need to send an army.

      I responded.

      Sir, they respect you as much as I do.

      My point is, with all the negative, a lot of people I know, either are, or have a ton of respect for veterans. And,

      So do A LOT of others.

      So, again,

      Thank you.

      M

      10/11/16 7:42 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      16

      Exciuse me- colonels from the Marines and Army not the Navy. Murtha’s ship carries Marines and they were there.

      10/11/16 7:43 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch, said...

      17

      Sir,
      Not a problem.
      In my world, a veteran is a veteran

      Btw,
      Obviously,
      I have never forgot that night. And never will.

      M

      10/11/16 7:49 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      18

      Sir,
      Not a problem.
      In my world, a veteran is a veteran

      Btw,
      Obviously,
      I have never forgot that night. And never will.

      M

      10/11/16 7:50 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      19

      Mitch said
      I have never forgot that night. And never will.”

      Nor should you.

      Meanwhile…

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-declares-war-on-the-republican-party-four-weeks-before-election-day/2016/10/11
      /93b21dc4-8fc9-11e6-9c52-0b10449e33c4_story.html

      10/11/16 8:40 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      20

      ps…. What did I tell you.

      10/11/16 8:41 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      21

      btw, not that I agree with this scumbag, but just to
      show you a parallel universe of what I think is the opposition of my universe, I can’t help but laugh at this schmucks way of tweeting his viewpoints, which in essence, is the proof of why the 1st Amendment is the most important right on the planet. Besides.. disregarding his outright racism, blatant sadistic verbal rape of any thing that is a threat to immature, white fuckface morons,….he is still FUNNY.

      https://twitter.com/bumblingusa?lang=en

      10/11/16 8:53 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch. said...

      22

      Sir Pitchfork.

      Your alive!!!! Your Alive!!! Your Alive!!!
      ( paraphrasing Dr Frankenstein)

      I saw where Trump was fighting back. Politics as usual.

      The twitter feed, I’m going to have to take your word for it…
      I don’t have twitter, Facebook, etc…

      I do have an ex, who’s middle name is ‘Devil’,
      And, one of those interesting situations I have had, led to a stalker.

      So…hence…I know how to not broadcast my world.

      But, I will say…

      Anything that involves racism, etc…I don’t have much( ANY) tolerance for it.

      You are absolutely correct…the first amendment is the most important one…

      Translation to modern language would be …

      I have the right to say what I think and feel…I have the right to believe what I do..

      And….if you try to stop that….I have a gun…

      Then….you have the right to stay out of my stuff…stay out of my mail…and stay out of my house…

      Etc…

      Again….
      You try any of that crap….I have courts…and…I have a gun.

      M

      10/11/16 9:50 PM | Comment Link

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      10/12/16 7:22 AM | Comment Link

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