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    Scrapping equipment key to Afghan drawdown

    Facing a tight withdrawal deadline and tough terrain, the U.S. military has destroyed more than 170 million pounds worth of vehicles and other military equipment as it rushes to wind down its role in the Afghanistan war by the end of 2014.The massive disposal effort, which U.S. military officials call unprecedented, has unfolded largely out of sight amid an ongoing debate inside the Pentagon about what to do with the heaps of equipment that won’t be returning home. Military planners have determined that they will not ship back more than $7 billion worth of equipment — about 20 percent of what the U.S. military has in Afghanistan — because it is no longer needed or would be too costly to ship back home.
    Scrapping equipment key to Afghan drawdown - The Washington Post

    Because it is no longer needed or would be too costly to ship back home? Wow

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    I always find it hard to believe that it will cost more to recover and ship back military hardware than what the hardware is worth. "Too costly to ship back home," is BS. We pay a bloody fortune for every military item. Nothing is a bargain.

    But if they cannot get the hardware out, it is better to destroy it than leave it for the Taliban.

    We did the same thing after WWII. Thousands of planes and tanks were dumped off of ships and into the ocean. A good friend's father was a quartermaster in WWII. He once told us a story where after WWII they were ordered to spread tens of thousands of brand new GI wrist watches out on a runway and then ran a steam roller over them. The BS at that time was that the release of these watches would destroy the watch industry. Say guys, how about simply issuing the brand new watches to brand new recruits? Democrats were in charge back then, as well.

    Taxpayers must still have lots of money that the government has not yet figured how to piss away.
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    The US is famous for wasting equipment. The same thing happened at the end of the Cold War. Back in the 1990s thousands of M-60s were dumped into the ocean as artificial reefs. The M-60s are good tanks and would have been useful in Afghanistan. The crazy thing is that the old M-48 tanks were still in service up until the late 1980s and the M-60s just started to make their way into National Guard units. I'll bet that some time in the future, the Army whished they had the equipment that's being dumped.

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    I think a lot of waste occurs simply to feed the military industrial complex that president Eisenhower warned us about in the 1950s. They want us to continually buy new equipment at extraordinary high prices. I don't believe the excuse that it costs too much to extract equipment from former war zones. Other than fuel, all of that cost is already being spent when they use military personnel to recover the gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I think a lot of waste occurs simply to feed the military industrial complex that president Eisenhower warned us about in the 1950s. They want us to continually buy new equipment at extraordinary high prices.
    I believe that this is correct. You figure also that the Army could have shipped the surplus equipment to Uganda and Kenya to fight the Jihadists in Somalia.

    This is the junk that my unit was using in the early 1990s. We even had jeeps

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    Hey, if it moves, shoots and is reliable, it's still a good weapon.
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