Skip to comments.In Afghanistan, U.S. military scraps billions in equipment
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 wont 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 Afghanistans 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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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
Those that loose wars, loose their toys to the enemy. Just the way it is.
Obama is a looser.
So, tell me again why we are in debt as a nation again?
You could send a lot of UPS for $7 billion...
Sportsman's Guide could sell this stuff at a profit in six months.
Give it all to India.
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.
Metal recycling to some nearby country might work...!!!
India could always use some assistance against Jihadis.
Give it all to India.
Nothing new here. We abandoned a huge amount of equipment overseas after World War 2.
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.
“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.
You mean ‘lose’, not ‘loose’.
Way to arm Muslime Brother hood, courtesy of Zero and US taxpayers.
I think losing was important to Obama, the arming of his Muslim brothers was just a free perk.
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.
Put it on EBay or Craigslist.....as-is where is, buyer must pick up. No refunds.
“title transfer must be done together at local durka durka DMV”
“AC not working(just needs a recharge)”
During the Fall of SIgon airlift, the sailors pushed helocopters and other equipment into the sea.
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.
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."
It wasn't dropped into the lap of an active Death Cult though, was it?
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.
Except for not meeting in Mosques and dancing with pretty goats, they are mostly on the same side, aren't they?
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.
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.
And this was... PREDICTABLE.
Wonder where it will all go? I wonder.... sure.