$338 Mil Auto Bailout of Afghanistan Ends in Disaster


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We borrowed money from China to help buy auto parts for Afghanistan that will smuggled and sold back into China. If that’s not smart economics, I don’t know what is.

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.

So they did the sensible thing. Of course.

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.

But at least Obama made veterans pay more for health care. So it all evens out.

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.

But I’m sure the pros at the Afghan army will fix that.

U.S. officials have been relying on the Afghan army to confirm receipt of the components. But the special inspector general warned that the Afghan army itself is doing a poor job of tracking what parts it has in its inventory, where they are, and what additional supplies might be needed.

Supply chain problems in a corrupt military made up of illiterate fighters working for warlords who don’t know how to use the bathroom?

“Giving the [Afghan army] more responsibility for tracking and shipping vehicle spare parts raises concerns, as [it] is not yet consistently using or updating its inventory to track what is currently in stock,” the special inspector general said.

Nor will they. The Afghan army is as capable of managing a supply chain as it is of religious tolerance. At this point it would be smarter to sell the parts locally and give Afghan commanders vouchers. There would probably be less waste and less corruption and better odds of parts going where they’re supposed to.

But that would be too sensible. It’s smarter to expect a gang whose great achievement is figuring out how to blow things up with second-hand equipment to be able to merge their supply chain with that of a First World superpower.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Isn’t this proof that both major political parties in American are not only incredibly incompetent, but also some of biggest useful idiots on the planet.

    • alericKong

      don’t forget corrupt.

      This is probably what politicians were doing when they went on fact finding missions, laundering taxpayer money into their own accounts at 10 cents on the dollar by selling weapons in Asia.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “We borrowed money from China to help buy auto parts for Afghanistan that will smuggled and sold back into China. If that’s not smart economics, I don’t know what is.”

    That’s an example of socialism in action. Social justice is a bitch for working people.

    • alericKong

      It’s incredibly smart if you are an evil old traitor who only cares about money and power.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “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.”

    The beauty of central planning. It’s nearly perfect. Just wait till the 5-year plans come out when they’ve really had time to put all of their brilliance in one place.

  • alericKong

    Before big government regimists squawk about the $24 billion dollar sequester like they did on all the Sunday morning news shows:

    Stopping bureaucrats from watching porn all day, and American tourists deciding to save instead of filling up their gas tanks with foreign oil because Obama barricaded monuments off helps the USD which currently chokes on all the zero interest paper it has swallowed.

    The invincible competitor of the federal government stealing taxpayer money, passing crony contracts to suck up raw materials and labor, selling weapons to terrorists, and then even screwing that up quickly moves the wealth of a great nation from west to east.

  • Hass

    Yeah right, as if the didn’t know that this was going to happen.

    And don’t get me started on the construction corruption.

  • A Z

    One of the necessary components that made Charlemagne’s army effective and therefore Charles great?

    Charlemagne had effective logistics, a well run supply chain.

    A good supply chain is not sufficient to have a great army but it is necessary if you want to be great.

    The Afghans have a great supply chain to their bank accounts, but not one for the institutions they will need for a secure, prosperous future.

  • A Z

    Hopefully, the Afghans give us good news in November.

    The Loya Jirga is to vote as to whether they want an American presence in Afghanistan after 2014. Hopefully they say “No”.

    Then le incompetent in our government can’t continue to use insufficient military force to fight the Afghanistan (Looking at you Obama), use bad ROE, pretend the Pakistanis are our friends, or wasting money in general.

    What will the Afghans get?

    It is like having a training or a spotter in weightlifting. The Afghans are the ones who are supposed to be lifting the weights. At this time we are to be yelling “It’s all you”. The Afghans are doing crap. They are still out of shape, so they get what they get. God will judge them harshly.