Military Will Never Use New $34M Afghanistan Base
Critics say it's the most glaring boondoggle in a war full of them: Washington Post
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 10, 2013 3:40 PM CDT
A U.S. Marine walks past a blast barrier inside Camp Leatherneck, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – When a two-star general visited the new 64,000-square-foot US military headquarters building at Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan, he was impressed. It's "better appointed than any Marine headquarters anywhere in the world," he tells the Washington Post, before adding, "What the hell were they thinking?" That disgust comes because the gigantic $34 million building sits pretty much unused, making it a giant, lavish, laughing stock for the troops, and perhaps the signature boondoggle of the war in Afghanistan.

A top Marine commander warned the Pentagon that the building was unnecessary three years ago, but his concerns were ignored. The building was originally commissioned for the 2009 surge, but by the time construction began that push was over, and with the US now withdrawing, commanders don't intend to move in. "This is an example of what is wrong with military construction in general," the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction told Chuck Hagel in a letter this week. Indeed, the Post highlights several other boondoggles as well, like this waste of $80 million.

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19_56_19_55
Jul 14, 2013 11:26 AM CDT
Don't worry if Obama has his way I'm sure the Taliban will make good use of it turn it into a prison for woman and also carry out live executions like the good ol days.
bonzai18
Jul 12, 2013 1:22 PM CDT
And they have the nerve to cut the hazard pay of service men and women in the middle east. $200 a month average from their paychecks and families...to build something like this! Who on the hill lined who's pockets? The military commander said he didn't want it prior to building, and how long have we known now we were leaving the country? Our congress at work: what a bunch of losers!
slammer
Jul 11, 2013 9:08 PM CDT
i want pharaoh barack insane obama to go live there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!