As you may recall, in a previous post I posted a comedy video about the US Army spending $42 million on viagra. Yesterday, my dad told me on unrelated matter to always remember two things in life: 1. nothing is what it seems and 2. reality is 1000 times worse than your worst imagination.
Regarding number two, it seems correct, as recently it came out the US Department of Defense spent $43 million (surprisingly close to the $42 million on viagra) on a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station in Afghanistan:
A Pentagon task force awarded a $3 million contract to build the station in Sheberghan, Afghanistan, but ended up spending $12 million in construction costs and $30 million in "overhead" between 2011 and 2014, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found. Meanwhile, a similar gas station built in neighboring Pakistan cost $500,000.
The compressed-natural gas station was designed to show the viability of tapping the country's natural gas reserves. But the inspector general determined that Pentagon's Task Force for Stability and Business Operations failed to conduct a feasibility study before launching the project.
If they had, the inspector general noted in his report, the Pentagon would have found most Afghans have little use for it. The Pentagon's own contractor stated that converting a car to compressed natural gas costs $700 in Afghanistan. The average annual income there is $690.
|Oh well, I guess a CNG car can still have some use as car bomb|