U.S. spends $3 million on boats for landlocked Afghanistan

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An audit revealed that the United States spent more than $3 million on eight patrol boats for police in landlocked Afghanistan.

Although the purchase was made in 2010, no boats have arrived in Afghanistan and the cost per boat — more than $375,000 — is far more than the $50,000 that customers pay for similar boats in the United States, the Washington Post reported.

The report from the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said the boats were to be used to patrol the Amu Darya River between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. They were bought to move government supplies and “to deter smuggling and illegal entry into Afghanistan,” according to Gen. Harold Greene.

Nine months after the boats were bought, U.S. and NATO forces decided they wouldn’t be necessary. By then, it was too late because the government had spent $3 million on them. Nearly four years later, they are still sitting in storage at a Virginia naval base.

The Post said the reason the boats were deemed unnecessary so soon after they were bought remains a mystery.

“The list of unanswered questions is particularly troubling, given the fact … that this program had been an important national security priority for the Afghan National Security Forces prior to its cancellation,” John Sopko, the inspector general, said in a letter to U.S. military officials.


7 comments on “U.S. spends $3 million on boats for landlocked Afghanistan

  1. Custom Design, Foxboro, MA

    Maybe we can bid on them starting at $100? This is another failure caused when idiots who vote pick a Demonrat.

  2. Chris Foster

    It’s examples like this that cause me to be very afraid of putting the Federal Government in charge of our health care system via Obamacare. Haven’t we learned enough through the VA scandal and medicare and medicaid fraud to know the government cannot be trusted to run these programs efficiently?
    As Henry Ford was quoted “Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” And I mean no disrespect to the American Indian. There treatment by the government has been shameful and continues to be.

  3. j.j.marie

    i’d like to know the manufacturer as well – i should mention though that this has been going on for years , long before Obama.
    Cheatham annex, the navy warehouse in VA has millions of $’s of boater in inventory for eventual foreign military sales( FMS) – usually paid for by Uncle Sam.

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