Very rarely does a day go by in which I don’t find myself with white knuckles flexed in frustration at the stupidity or ineptitude of the U.S. government. Typically, I just fluctuate between being annoyed, stunned and furious. Today I read a report from Afghanistan which has put my mood solidly in the “furious” camp, and can’t be good for my blood pressure. So please, pop some baby aspirin, take your nitrate pills, and join me in drop-jawed wonder at the brand new military headquarters in Afghanistan that has never, and will never, be used.
From the Washington Post:
The U.S. military has erected a 64,000-square-foot headquarters building on the dusty moonscape of southwestern Afghanistan that comes with all the tools to wage a modern war. A vast operations center with tiered seating. A briefing theater. Spacious offices. Fancy chairs. Powerful air conditioning.
The windowless, two-story structure, which is larger than a football field, was completed this year at a cost of $34 million. But the military has no plans to ever use it. Commanders in the area, who insisted three years ago that they did not need the building, now are in the process of withdrawing forces and see no reason to move into the new facility.
Maybe this new facility will come in handy should Superman decide to adopt a new “Fortress of Solitude” in a warmer climate. This type of idiocy by government bureaucrats who ignore reports from troops and even commanders is typical.
More from the Post about some other, even costlier, facilities:
For many senior officers, the unused headquarters has come to symbolize the staggering cost of Pentagon mismanagement: As American troops pack up to return home, U.S.-funded contractors are placing the finishing touches on projects that are no longer required or pulling the plug after investing millions of dollars.
In Kandahar province, the U.S. military recently completed a $45 million facility to repair armored vehicles and other complex pieces of equipment. The space is now being used as a staging ground to sort through equipment that is being shipped out of the country.
The plan was to build these structures. The money was allotted to build them, and thus, they were built. The billions of dollars we spend every year on these ridiculous bases abroad which are staffed is bad enough, but to waste taxpayer dollars on massive structures that we aren’t ever going to use is… even worse? …on the other hand though, I guess I’d far prefer the U.S. build $34 million bases that we don’t use than waste billions occupying nations and costing troop lives. I’d take that trade-off on a daily basis.