If you have ever wondered how America is capable of building up a nearly $22 trillion debt, here is an example to illustrate how such a feat is achieved. The Pentagon has spent nearly $43 million on a project in Afghanistan: building a single gas station. A comparable gas station usually costs around $500 thousand.
According to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the Defense Department did not cooperate fully with the investigation. In addition to the comically high example of overspending, investigators were unable to confirm whether the station was even operational.
With Kabul still so dangerous that American contractors have used helicopters to travel through the city since 2015 rather than risk driving, will there ever be an end to this perpetual expense?