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The following is a transcript of a report from ” Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson .” Watch the video by clicking the link at the end of the page.
Assessments of the human tragedy in Afghanistan after the botched U.S. withdrawal will be coming in for some time. We already know a lot about billions in wasted U.S. tax money from the Inspector General who’s been the chief watchdog on all the spending. Today, under the category of lessons we should have learned, we hear from a senior oil adviser from the Iraq War. He says— too often— successful, low-cost projects haven’t been copied. Gary Vogler is author of: Iraq and the Politics of Oil.
Sharyl: U.S. taxpayers have spent billions upon billions of dollars in the last couple of decades, both in Iraq and Afghanistan on oil related projects and economic projects there.
Gary Vogler: Well, my criticism, you had a show here about Afghanistan, about a $50 million headquarters that a Marine general didn’t want.
Sopko: It was huge: 64,000 approximately square feet.
Nicknamed 64K because of its size, Congress intended it to be headquarters for the 2010 U.S. military surge of 30,000 troops to fight Taliban Islamic extremists.
There was just one problem:
Sopko: The Marine commander, the general on the ground running the surge said ‘I don’t want it, I don’t need it, don’t build it.’ And two other generals above him said the same thing. ‘Don’t build it, we don’t need it. We already have a headquarters. It’s a waste of money.’
But 64K never served as a surge headquarters. In fact, it was still under construction when the surge ended in 2012. Yet U.S. tax dollars continued to pour in for upgrades.Gary: And I saw something very similar to that in Iraq, where there was a hospital that was constructed out in the middle of someplace and no one used the hospital.But Vogler says there are examples of relatively inexpensive projects in Iraq that should have served as a model for U.S. Afghan efforts. First, the Baiji Refinery.Sharyl: What time period was that?Gary: In early 2007, the Baiji […]
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