In a costly example of government waste, the U.S. military spent a whopping $34 million to build a massive headquarters facility in southwestern Afghanistan that probably will never be used by our troops.
The construction of the 64,000-square-foot facility continued for years despite warnings from the Marine commander that it was no longer needed.
While our military does have the option to give it to the Afghans, that would require even more money for a major overhaul of the facility. Instead, it is likely that the building – which cost $34 million to build – will be destroyed.
Military officials say that this is just one of the many examples of what is wrong with military construction projects – that they are extremely difficult to stop, even if they are no longer needed.
I absolutely think that our military deserves the best facilities and equipment our money can buy. But if the people on the ground are saying that this is no longer useful, then why aren't we listening to them? A little common sense would go a long way toward saving the taxpayers a lot of hard-earned money.