More on the Pentagon’s $43,000,000 gas station in Afghanistan

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I don’t even think it has a car wash.

(From The Washington Examiner)

Nobody at DOD seems to know if the facility is operational or what happened to the money. As Sopko wrote to Carter, “One of the most troubling aspects of this project is that the Department of Defense claims that it is unable to provide an explanation for the high cost of the project or to answer any other questions concerning its planning, implementation or outcome.”

The project’s purpose was to exhibit to Afghanis the commercial viability of natural gas, and to reduce Afghanistan’s reliance on imported petroleum products. But it looks like the project didn’t do those things, in part because converting an automobile to compressed natural gas costs about $700 in Afghanistan, a nation where the average annual income is only $690. The Task Force should have known this, but didn’t bother with a feasibility study.

This is a tale of mismanagement, incompetence, fraud and corruption. It’s also a reminder that the military, no matter how deservedly revered its members, is just one more part of the government.

Indeed, it is about time many “conservatives” got real about Pentagon spending.

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