Rand Paul: New $34 Million Afghan HQ Will Never Be Used

Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 06:36 AM

By Greg Richter

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Sen. Rand Paul says he isn't surprised a new $34 million, 64,000-square-foot military headquarters will never be used. The majority of troops are supposed to be pulled out of the country by the end of 2014.
 
"I'd like to say it surprises me, but we also spent $80 million on a consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, a little city in the northern part of Afghanistan, that will never be used also, because it's in an area that could be shot by surrounding buildings," Paul said Wednesday on "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."
 
Paul ticked off a list of other government spending he said was wasteful, and Van Susteren noted that there are 833,130 pending VA compensation claims.
 
"Doesn't anybody give a damn?" Van Susteren asked.
 
"I asked Hillary Clinton repeatedly why would you not provide security for the ambassador in Benghazi?" Paul replied. "And she's like, 'Oh, the Republicans didn't give me any money.'"
 
But he said Clinton's State Department was able to find $100,000 to send three comedians to India on a Make Chai Not War Tour.
 
"Our government is riddled with waste from top to bottom," Paul said. "And the one lesson of the sequester is there's a lot of fluff that can be cut out before we actually have to get to things that are important like paying our soldiers, providing for our wounded soldiers."

 

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