Well, it’s certainly better than spending the money on bombs, so….
In 2006, the U.S. military purchased $12.1 million worth of inspection equipment for five border posts in Afghanistan in an effort to crack down on illicit drug smuggling and boost customs duty revenues to the Afghan government.
After operation, training and maintenance costs, the total investment for the equipment to date is estimated at up to $62.6 million.
However, according to a new report, the equipment is now sitting “inoperable and unused” at four of the five locations. At three of them, officials told inspectors that the equipment had not been operational for at least two years.
The report was issued by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR – a military agency tasked by Congress to audit U.S. spending in Afghanistan.
Read more at NPR