Defense Dept Spent $34 Million On Afghanistan HQ That Will Never Be Used


We’re still hearing Democrats screeching about the sequester, but they’re silent when it comes to all of our hard earned dollars that the federal government wastes every day. Here’s another example – $34 million spent by the Department of Defense on a military headquarters in Afghanistan that will never be used.

The U.S. military blew through $34 million on a hulking headquarters in southwestern Afghanistan that probably will never be used by U.S. forces, in an example of government waste that has military commanders fuming.

John F. Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, exposed the problems in a letter this week to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other military leaders. The Washington Post first reported on the controversy, writing that the construction of the building continued for years despite warnings from the Marine commander in Helmand that it was not needed.

The military is now investigating what went wrong, and is trying to figure out what to do with the 64,000-square-foot facility in Camp Leatherneck.

“The building will probably be demolished,” Sopko said in his letter, citing the opinion of military officials his office spoke with. Another option is to give it to the Afghans, but doing so would require another major overhaul. (Read More)

So they can either spend more money to demolish it, or even more to hand it over to the Afghanis where it will probably end up in the hands of the Taliban. Great. What a wonderful use of our tax dollars. Look, an empty desk.