$1.5 billion spent on Afghan structures that could easily burn down, watchdog says
As if taxpayers have not been burned enough by America's effort to rebuild Afghanistan, now comes a special Inspector General's report that finds as many as 700 buildings constructed for Afghan military forces so shoddy that they can easily go up in flames.
The Army Corps of Engineers spent more than $1.5 billion of taxpayer money constructing some 2,000 buildings to house medical centers, offices and even fire stations.
Our investigative partners at the Washington Times explain how the Army Corps responded when asked about the significant risks the buildings pose.
"Some of the senior leadership of the Corps of Engineers said that this probably isn't going to be a problem because the Afghan soldiers are all young and fit and could easily evacuate the buildings in the event of a fire,â?? said Phillip Swarts of the Washington Times.
For risking Afghan lives and wasting hundreds of millions of tax dollars, the US Army Corps of Engineers wins this week's Golden Hammer. It's a weekly award that calls out waste and abuse of your tax dollars.
How are the problems being addressed? Click here for more information on that from the Washington Times.