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  • The Pentagon Blew $43 Million On 'The World’s Most Expensive Gas Station'

    Somewhere in Sheberghan, a medium-sized Afghan city in the northern province of Jowzjan, lies a simple gas station with just a handful of pumps. The humble facility, which was supposed to provide cheap natural gas to local Afghan drivers, cost $43 million to build — and the US Department of Defense footed the bill.

    The station was conceived of and paid for by the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO), a Department of Defense program that has since been disbanded. "We do capitalism," said Paul Brinkley, the program's former head. "We're about helping companies make money."

    In the case of the Sheberghan station, "doing capitalism" meant going over budget by $42.5 million to build a little-used gas station. An equivalent facility just across the border in Pakistan cost just $500,000.
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    It's too bad that Hanging has gotten out of style. Those responsible should be wearing a hemp necktie...
    Credo quia absurdum.


    Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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    • #3
      Does it have clean restrooms?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
        Does it have clean restrooms?
        Of course not. They only spent $43 million.

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        • #5
          Ooops! The bean counters ...

          Originally posted by Daemon of Decay View Post
          ... got their wires crossed, the money actually went into supporting a Keystone pipeline/NGL refinery i.e. "gas station" in Sheboygan, Wisconsin not Sheberghan, Afghanistan. Happens all the time.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
            Does it have clean restrooms?
            I hope it's full service.....check under the hood.....air in the tyres....wash the 'screen.....
            "It's like shooting rats in a barrel."
            "You'll be in a barrel if you don't watch out for the fighters!"

            "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease."
            — Sergei(son of Igor) Sikorsky, 'AOPA Pilot' magazine February 2003.

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            • #7
              I suggest rounding up the developers and project managers to man the station for the next 10 years.

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              • #8
                No big mystery at all. Remember whn we were sending bags of money to the "president" of Afghanistan?

                Can you say "money laundering"? Of course you can.

                A $3 million dollar contract is initial let to construct a $500,000 gas station. That's your first clue.

                Then, the operation is turned over to a non-existent shell company and ends up funneling $43 million dollars to...? And now no one can find the records?

                Classic CIA money laundering.
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                • #9
                  US tax payers out $43 million for a single gas station in Afghanistan

                  Nice going Obama!

                  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34703279

                  The US Department of Defense has spent $43m (£28m) on a vehicle fuelling station in Afghanistan, according to a recently published oversight report.
                  The project was intended to show how Afghanistan's natural gas reserves could be used as an alternative to expensive petroleum imports.
                  However, it cost more than 140 times that of a similar project in neighbouring Pakistan.

                  the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, a group overseeing the use of the approximately $110bn the US has spent in Afghanistan since 2002.
                  "It's an outrageous waste of money that raises suspicions that there is something more there than just stupidity. There may be fraud. There may be corruption," said John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
                    "It's an outrageous waste of money that raises suspicions that there is something more there than just stupidity. There may be fraud. There may be corruption," said John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
                    Well duh! Ya think?

                    Out of curiosity, how much would one cost in Los Angeles?

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                    • #11
                      Already covered in an earlier thread:

                      http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...d.php?t=164945
                      "It's like shooting rats in a barrel."
                      "You'll be in a barrel if you don't watch out for the fighters!"

                      "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease."
                      — Sergei(son of Igor) Sikorsky, 'AOPA Pilot' magazine February 2003.

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                      • #12
                        OK...the facts are in and it's even worse - and a lot stupider - than any of us would have believed.

                        First, the gas station is a natural gas filling station designed to allow the Afghans to utilize their natural gas resources for vehicle duel. Problem is, there is NO natural gas infrastructure whatsoever in the area, no production facilities, supply lines, storage facilities, nothing. It all had to be built from scratch just for this station.

                        Secondly, the Afghans have ZERO natural gas vehicles. It costs about $700 per vehicle to convert to NG, which is the average annual wage or better of an Afghan in the first place. so the project converted also about 140 vehicles just so somebody would actually use the station after they built it, and those vehicles cannot be driven anywhere else in Afghanistan because this is the only NG fuel station in the entire country, so the Afghans don't want them anyway.

                        This isn't just a "gas station"; it's an experimental pilot plant in the middle of nowhere without any reason to be there to begin with. No market studies, no feasibility studies, no surveys, nothing. It might as well have been built on the Moon, except that we would have had a lot more useful information before attempting that.

                        But best of all, NO ONE IS RESPONSIBLE and DoD, which ran the project and others to the tune of $800 million dollars, immediately dismantled the program when the IG report came in and now claims it doesn't know anything about it although the project office reported directly to the SecDef.

                        I don't suppose anybody knows where the other $800 million went, either. And all of this was reported in detail on al Jazeera this morning, including footage of the Congressional hearing.


                        Your tax dollars at work...

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                        • #13
                          Full factual explanation posted on earlier thread. NG filling station in an area totally without infrastructure or vehicles capable of using NG because Afghans don;t use it because there are no other filling stations in the country and they can;t afford to convert their vehicles because it costs them the equivalent of a year's earnings.

                          Oh...and no one is responsible...of course. Not in BoBo's government.


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                          • #14
                            Originally Posted by The Doctor
                            Does it have clean restrooms?



                            Restrooms? The Afghans use restrooms?
                            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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