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January 23, 2013

Hillary Clinton State Department Blew $80 Million on Mazar-e Sharif Consulate That Will Never Open


Right before Sen. Rand Paul told Hillary he would have fired her for her ineptitude, he accused the State Department of blowing $80 million on a consulate in northern Afghanistan that will never open.

Paul was absolutely correct. The State Department blew $80 million on a consulate in Mazar-e Sharif ... and indeed, it will, as Paul says, never open.

The Washington Post reported in May 2012:

After signing a 10-year lease and spending more than $80 million on a site envisioned as the United States' diplomatic hub in northern Afghanistan, American officials say they have abandoned their plans, deeming the location for the proposed compound too dangerous.

Eager to raise an American flag and open a consulate in a bustling downtown district of the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif, officials in 2009 sought waivers to stringent State Department building rules and overlooked significant security problems at the site, documents show. The problems included relying on local building techniques that made the compound vulnerable to a car bombing, according to an assessment by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul that was obtained by The Washington Post. ...

Meanwhile, as though she could be trusted to be a good steward of taxpayer money, during her testimony today Hillary had the chutzpah to ask for more funding for the State Department.

H/t - Jim Hoft

Posted by Hyscience at January 23, 2013 3:03 PM

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