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In Afghanistan, U.S. military scraps billions in equipment
KDH News/WaPo ^ | 6-26-13 | Ernesto Londoņo

Posted on 06/28/2013 12:29:40 PM PDT by TurboZamboni

The massive disposal effort, which U.S. military officials call unprecedented, has unfolded largely out of sight amid an ongoing debate inside the Pentagon about what to do with the heaps of equipment that won’t be returning home. Military planners have determined that more than $7 billion worth of equipment — about 20 percent of what the U.S. military has in Afghanistan — will not be shipped back, because it is no longer needed or would be too costly to send home.

That has left the Pentagon in a quandary about what to do with the items. Bequeathing a large share to the Afghan government would be challenging because of complicated rules governing equipment donations to other countries, and there is concern that Afghanistan’s fledgling forces would be unable to maintain it. Some gear may be sold or donated to allied nations, but few of them are likely to be able to retrieve it from the war zone

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanequipment; afghanistan; afghanwar; afghanweapons; mrap; scrap

1 posted on 06/28/2013 12:29:40 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni
It is part of weaponizing al Qaeda by Obama.

al Qaeda attacked the Pentagon and WTC on 911,
and now the Pentagon does their bidding in Libya
and Egypt and Syria and a few dozen other places
as the DO"J" protects them with lawyers and weapons.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same,
or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children
and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
"
President Ronald Reagan

2 posted on 06/28/2013 12:33:24 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: TurboZamboni

Those that loose wars, loose their toys to the enemy. Just the way it is.

Obama is a looser.


3 posted on 06/28/2013 12:36:27 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: TurboZamboni

So, tell me again why we are in debt as a nation again?


4 posted on 06/28/2013 12:36:29 PM PDT by Necrovore (Lu"gen offenbahren Kontrolle)
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To: TurboZamboni

You could send a lot of UPS for $7 billion...


5 posted on 06/28/2013 12:42:24 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
There is probably a vehicle or two that I’d like. Postage free of course.
6 posted on 06/28/2013 12:51:37 PM PDT by JimmyMc
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To: TurboZamboni

Sportsman's Guide could sell this stuff at a profit in six months.


7 posted on 06/28/2013 12:58:19 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Rubio's New Book: From Nobody To Senator, To Conservative savior, Then Back To Nobody")
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To: TurboZamboni

Give it all to India.


8 posted on 06/28/2013 12:59:23 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: TurboZamboni

Just an FYI, we had a prototype of a (sorta secret) thing over there, and when it was time to come back it took 5 or 6 guys three weeks to decontaminate it of the native crud.

It’s pretty labor intensive, but we don’t want Islamic kudzu or something coming back.


9 posted on 06/28/2013 1:01:46 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Paladin2

Metal recycling to some nearby country might work...!!!


10 posted on 06/28/2013 1:14:18 PM PDT by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: YouGoTexasGirl

India could always use some assistance against Jihadis.


11 posted on 06/28/2013 1:15:17 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Give it all to India.


Heck yes.


12 posted on 06/28/2013 1:28:00 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Diogenesis

Nothing new here. We abandoned a huge amount of equipment overseas after World War 2.


13 posted on 06/28/2013 1:34:19 PM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Why don’t they melt the equipment down and use the metal to erect giant Christian crosses, Stars of David, and Buddha statues as a memorial to the Americans who died there? A giant statue of Porky the Pig would also be a nice gesture.


14 posted on 06/28/2013 1:41:50 PM PDT by forgotten man
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To: American in Israel
Obama might be looser, butt he has never been tighter with Reggie. :-)
15 posted on 06/28/2013 2:05:52 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: TurboZamboni

“Waste not....want not”.

The Israelis never throw anything away. I think they probably still have David’s sling in an armory somewhere. Can you put snow plows on those trucks in Afghanistan? There are uses.


16 posted on 06/28/2013 2:09:01 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: American in Israel

You mean ‘lose’, not ‘loose’.


17 posted on 06/28/2013 2:41:30 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: American in Israel

Way to arm Muslime Brother hood, courtesy of Zero and US taxpayers.


18 posted on 06/28/2013 2:52:36 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepeesssssed)
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To: Leo Carpathian

I think losing was important to Obama, the arming of his Muslim brothers was just a free perk.


19 posted on 06/28/2013 2:59:43 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Hey! That’s OUR stuff! We, the American taxpayers, bought it and paid for it. It should be brought back and given/sold to American citizens.

But this kind of waste is nothing new. After WWII, tons and billions of dollars worth of stuff were abandoned, or worse, dumped into the sea, in all theaters.


20 posted on 06/28/2013 3:04:39 PM PDT by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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To: TurboZamboni

Put it on EBay or Craigslist.....as-is where is, buyer must pick up. No refunds.


21 posted on 06/28/2013 3:14:11 PM PDT by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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To: Donkey Odious

“title transfer must be done together at local durka durka DMV”

“AC not working(just needs a recharge)”


22 posted on 06/28/2013 3:36:09 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: VietVet

During the Fall of SIgon airlift, the sailors pushed helocopters and other equipment into the sea.


23 posted on 06/28/2013 3:42:51 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: castlegreyskull

Saigon.


24 posted on 06/28/2013 3:44:58 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: henkster; All

More than abandoned it. Lots of stuff was dumped into the ocean.

The Roosevelt regime believed that it was good for the economy to make things then destroy them. Kind of a weird “potlatch” sort of deal.

There were millions out of work and on short rations, and the Roosevelt regime thought it a good idea to buy hogs, kill them, and bury them.


25 posted on 06/28/2013 5:28:55 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: TurboZamboni
More than $7 billion worth of equipment — about 20 percent of what the U.S. military has in Afghanistan — will not be shipped back...That has left the Pentagon in a quandary about what to do with the items.

"Quandary"?? BS.

FREE candy and goodies are purposely being left behind and arming certain Muzzies and Warlords. Meanwhile, The Regime cackles at the notion that the US-Taxpayer is likely subsidized arming insurgents while draining our own piggy bank.

If anyone knows, please explain why hundreds of billions in assets have and still being wasted in Afghanistan again. I mean besides also subsidizing the "military-industrial complex."

26 posted on 06/28/2013 7:17:35 PM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: henkster
Nothing new here. We abandoned a huge amount of equipment overseas after World War 2.

It wasn't dropped into the lap of an active Death Cult though, was it?

27 posted on 06/28/2013 7:18:50 PM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: Leo Carpathian
Way to arm Muslime Brother hood, courtesy of Zero and US taxpayers.

BINGO

28 posted on 06/28/2013 7:19:32 PM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: USS Johnston

No, not so much. Although the Syrian army was using old German Pz IVs as late as 1956. If our stuff went to any cults, it was to cargo cults out in the Pacific.

We still have cargo cults in the United States today. They are called unions. Their members attend services Friday nights at shabby old union halls outside of closed factories. They drink their beers and eat greasy foods, convinced that some day the factory will reopen and the old jobs will come back. It’s very sad, the cargo cult.


29 posted on 06/28/2013 7:26:07 PM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: henkster
We still have cargo cults in the United States today. They are called unions. Their members attend services Friday nights at shabby old union halls outside of closed factories. They drink their beers and eat greasy foods...

Except for not meeting in Mosques and dancing with pretty goats, they are mostly on the same side, aren't they?

30 posted on 06/28/2013 7:30:06 PM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: Diogenesis
It is part of weaponizing al Qaeda by Obama.

al Qaeda attacked the Pentagon and WTC on 911, and now the Pentagon does their bidding in Libya and Egypt and Syria and a few dozen other places as the DO"J" protects them with lawyers and weapons.

Yup. You were the first one to nail it.

31 posted on 06/28/2013 7:31:36 PM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: American in Israel

Loose = not tight.

Lose = vanquished.

Obama is a loser, even if his pants are looser.

Sorry, I just hate whole looser thing. Yes, I know I’m an a-hole.


32 posted on 06/28/2013 7:37:29 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: TurboZamboni

And this was... PREDICTABLE.

Wonder where it will all go? I wonder.... sure.


33 posted on 06/28/2013 7:55:16 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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