U.S. Spends 80 million on a consulate in Afghanistan, then abandons it. What do you think?

Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru 2012/05/07 12:39:43
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After signing a 10-year lease and spending more than $80 million on a
site envisioned as the United States’ diplomatic hub in northern
Afghanistan, American officials say they have abandoned their plans,
deeming the location for the proposed compound too dangerous.

Eager to raise an American flag and open a consulate in a
bustling downtown district of the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e
Sharif, officials in 2009 sought waivers to stringent State Department
building rules and overlooked significant security problems at the site,
documents show. The problems included relying on local building
techniques that made the compound vulnerable to a car bombing, according
to an assessment by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul that was obtained by The
Washington Post.

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  • Mr. T 2012/05/07 13:07:07
    More government failures
    Mr. T
    Sounds about right. Tax dollars are considered free money to the government.

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  • Sav 2012/05/09 05:35:05
    I think:
    should hve atleast transferred to my account
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/05/09 02:34:40
    I think:
    Christopher Kirchen
    80 mil is chump change to those dinks so I'm not surprised in the least.
  • 'Zedd 2012/05/08 08:00:37
  • HAlex1972 2012/05/08 07:40:37
    I think:
    we need to stay the heck out of everyone else's business and quit wasting our money. We have enough problems here to deal with.
  • TheTruth1313 2012/05/08 07:18:32 (edited)
    More government failures
    I wonder what the Obama excuse for this will be?
  • Ken 2012/05/08 02:55:37
    I think:
    Typical of our Government.
  • BlackSouth 2012/05/07 19:44:35
  • Freeranger 2012/05/07 19:34:07
    I think:
    I think we garnish Congressional/Executive Branch wages. Who's with me?
  • Space Invader 2012/05/07 18:56:08
    I think:
    Space Invader
    We should take out the trash bomb clouds
  • Pops 2012/05/07 18:33:18
    I think:
    Regrettable ! More thought maybe should have been put into it first. Security being the main problem, they should have seen that coming.
  • nightcrawler2005 2012/05/07 17:56:20
    More government failures
    Don't think I'm picking on your government. Governments all over the world pull the same bonehead moves.
  • Rusty 2012/05/07 17:50:14
    I think:
    Its all part of the presidents anti-colonial agenda. double talk
  • 'Zedd Rusty 2012/05/08 08:02:16
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  • Gregaj7 2012/05/07 17:42:19
    I think:
    By design.
  • D.C. Willis 2012/05/07 17:23:42
    I think:
    D.C. Willis
    "The city was considered safe and U.S. leaders considered the project a symbol of America's commitment to Afghanistan...."

    "The outside walls consisted of mud, manure and straw, which would make it difficult to endure a catastrophic event.

    The compound chosen to serve as the consulate also shared a wall with local businesses and it was surrounded by tall buildings.

    Officials were concerned that an attack could be easily made against the building, according to the newspaper....."

    I think it was wishful thinking on the part of our government. They actually thought that a nation of people that cannot live with each other would tolerate an American Consulate. Recent attacks has proven otherwise.
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/07 17:16:53
    More government failures
    Stupidity. Everyone in the guv has this royalty mentality.
  • sammanilla 2012/05/07 17:14:43
    I think:
    That was your money.

  • nverumind 2012/05/07 17:13:02
    More government failures
    not suprising that the govenment constantly invests in "unecessary" projects , spending our money, and then not following through. Typical.
  • cmdrbnd007 2012/05/07 17:07:01
    More government failures
    And people wonder why some want as little as possible to do with the government.
  • Someone 2012/05/07 16:56:47
    I think:
    Once again the government is wasting tax payers money. And we need people in office that are going to work for the people of our COUNTRY, not against us.
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/05/07 16:54:07
  • Daryl 2012/05/07 16:53:17
    I think:
    Add this to the list of stupid actions by an over-reaching government.
  • Max 2012/05/07 16:19:24
    I think:
    $80 million down the drain and now they want to build at another site where who knows how much more money will be spent. Plus, three other consulates besides that will be built in Afghanistan. Making the expenditures worse; how many billions of dollars in aid will be given to Afghanistan till the year 2024, which is at least how long we will be there.
  • SFCDDT 2012/05/07 15:21:44
    More government failures
    What's another $80 million in tax payer's money, I mean obama cash, in the abyss of FRAUD, WASTE, and ABUSE that is our federal government? Can those GSA douchebags make a rap video about it?
  • SFCDDT SFCDDT 2012/05/07 15:27:10
    They can always just raise taxes on the 51% who actually pay taxes and slash defense even more. BTW, it's a pet peeve of mine that the defense budget gets such a bad rap when all of these BS nation building projects fall under defense spending. God forbid we quit flushing money on nation building and leave troop levels and technology spending alone.
  • Bingo's Faddah 2012/05/07 14:18:40
    I think:
    Bingo's Faddah
    Business as usual.
  • irish 2012/05/07 13:56:12
    More government failures
    typical wasteful spending!
  • Hawkeye 2012/05/07 13:31:28
    More government failures
    What REALLY tipped the scales was that the building was supposed to be powered by Solyndra Solar Panels..

    The WHOLE thing went South when it was discovered that Solyndra Solar Panels weren't compatible with Chevy Volts..

  • HarleyCharley 2012/05/07 13:31:02
    More government failures
    Our government is out of control...
  • Kat ♪ ~ ♪ 2012/05/07 13:13:11
    More government failures
    Kat ♪ ~ ♪
    It's not their money, they don't care. They'll just up our taxes so they can keep their lavish lifestyles and we can cut out a couple of meals. Works for them.
  • Mr. T 2012/05/07 13:07:07
    More government failures
    Mr. T
    Sounds about right. Tax dollars are considered free money to the government.
  • Dale 2012/05/07 13:02:39
    More government failures
    Just wonder if His Imperial Highness will take credit for the waste of the 80 Million dollars or blame it on Bush?
  • CCRNRT 2012/05/07 13:02:35
    I think:
    I think it sounds like another GSA party
  • Risk 2012/05/07 13:01:30
    More government failures
    Damn, that's good money we could have loaned another Solyndra !
  • compufreek 2012/05/07 12:43:35
    More government failures
    Typical!!! Our government = $$$$$$$$$$$ wasters!!!!!!!!!!

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