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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:41 AM

$7.3 million Afghan police headquarters funded by U.S. sits unused

$7.3 million Afghan police headquarters funded by U.S. sits unused

“If you build it, they will come,” is a famous quote from the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. But in Afghanistan, the United States is asking itself the opposite question. What if you build it, and nobody shows?

As the U.S. tab for Afghan reconstruction nears $100 billion, America’s top investigator in that country is finding that billions of tax dollars have been wasted on unneeded and underutilized projects, such as the headquarters for the Afghan Border Police in Kunduz province.

Although built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help Afghans maintain their own security, investigators from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, found the $7.3 million facility was sitting largely unused.

“Built with a capacity for 175 persons, only about 12 Afghan personnel were on site during SIGAR’s inspection,” said a report released by the office.
In fact the compound was so deserted that inspectors were unable to complete their evaluation.

“Sometimes we’re turning over bases, or we’re turning over hospitals, or clinics or whatever, and the cost of maintaining them is going to drive the Afghan government bankrupt,” he said.


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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:51 AM

1. But to cut waste, they have to go after SS/Medicare/Medicaid

I'd still like to know what happened to all the money that just *DISAPPEARED* *POOF* in Iraq. No official investigation, no demand for the contractors to pay the money back when there's no proof that jobs were completed...nothing.

Really makes you wonder how serious the GOP is about cutting expenses. I suspect they couldn't care less, it's just another attempt to make the black guy in the White House look bad, and a way for them to punish those who voted him into office.

While billions are wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan on things they don't need or want, neglect grows in this country, and basics like safety are ignored.

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