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Thursday, October 17, 2013

U.S. and allies spent $230 million on spare vehicle parts for Afghan army -- and lost them -- By Jihad Watch

If the money wasted on the fool's errand in Afghanistan had been kept at home, the U.S. economy would be humming along. And that was the point of the 9/11 attack, as Osama bin Laden and other jihadis explained: to weaken and ultimately destroy the U.S. economy. The jihadis in Afghanistan must find the foolish generous Infidels an endless source of amusement -- and, of course, of cash.

"An auto bailout for Afghans? U.S. government wasted millions on spare car parts," by Phillip Swarts in The Washington Times, October 16 (thanks to Lookmann):

Just like GM, the U.S. government has decided to give millions to another part of the auto industry — only this time it’s in Afghanistan.
In fact, a U.S.-led international group spent $230 million on spare vehicle parts for the Afghan National Army and other security agencies — then lost them.
Not knowing where the parts were, the group ordered up an additional $138 million in parts a watchdog said likely aren’t needed and some of which are now sitting in warehouses with boxes stacked to the ceiling.
“The Combined Security Transition Command (CSTC-A) is placing orders for vehicle spare parts without accurate information on what parts are needed or are already in stock,” says a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the top U.S. watchdog there.
Without a full inventory of what parts are already available, the agency can’t justify why it’s purchasing new equipment, the special inspector general said, adding that little record has been kept of what parts are most in-demand or needed in specific parts of the country.
CSTC-A is a U.S.-led international coalition whose job is to help train Afghan security forces. It’s currently commanded by U.S. ArmyLt. Gen. Kenneth Tovo. Officials said they would stop purchasing all nonessential vehicle parts until a comprehensive inventory can be completed.
On paper, the office has been gradually reducing the number of parts it says it needs, from 3,843 in 2011 down to 576 this year. But investigators said the office still spent $130 million purchasing thousands of parts that likely won’t be needed.
Worse, U.S. officials couldn’t be sure the parts were going to help their intended target. They could only confirm that 10 percent of the parts were being transferred to the Afghan army.
“CSTC-A cannot provide documentation confirming delivery or title transfer to the [Afghan army] for vehicle spare parts delivered during 2010 through 2012,” investigators said.
Unlike weapons or the vehicles themselves, the spare parts are being shipped directly to the Afghan military, without a transfer point that records the change in ownership.
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