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U.S. military considers demolishing its vehicles in Afghanistan

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by shootnscoot, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. shootnscoot

    shootnscoot Wa Well-Known Member

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    http://www.dodbuzz.com/2014/03/14/u-s-must-demolish-thousands-of-its-vehicles-in-afghanistan/

    "U.S. troops could have to destroy thousands of their own “excess” vehicles in Afghanistan if buyers can’t be found and the services don’t reverse course on bringing them home, the top U.S. commandeer said Thursday.

    The U.S. has been looking to sell about 4,000 vehicles that the services have said are “in excess” of their needs — MRAPs, Humvees, medium trucks and others – to friendly countries but so far there have been few takers, said Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of the coalition and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

    Dunford posed his own question: “What do I do” with that vehicle that has been ruled “in excess” of the needs of the U.S. military? Dunford’s solution: “Either it’s going to go to some other country or it’s going to be destroyed in Afghanistan.”

    It’s already been decided by the Pentagon that Dunford can’t just leave the vehicles for the Afghan National Security Forces.

    In the case of the MRAPs, the Defense Logistics Agency said late last year that it would cost too much to fix them up, and the Afghans wouldn’t be able to maintain them or handle the on-board computers, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    Dunford said he currently has about 1,230 excess MRAP (Mine Resistant/Ambush Protected) vehicles, which originally cost about $1 million apiece."
     
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  2. forefathersrback

    forefathersrback Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Really. I have never, ever had anything in "excess" to my needs. I love that my tax paying moolah is potentially going up in smoke. Great info shootnscoot.
     
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  3. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    It's like pushing all those "excess" aircraft off the ship decks when the Vietnam war wrapped up. The logic is that it costs more to handle/ship the suckers back than what they cost to produce them... Does that mean it's "cheaper" to transport them to the theater of operations in the first place?

    NOT!
     
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  4. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Just drive them over to Syria or the Ukraine where ever the next adventure the idiot in charge is going to end up involving us with.
     
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  5. GunRightsCoalition

    GunRightsCoalition Vancouver Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    That wouldn't fit his plan for us.
     
  6. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    Id pay shipping for a MRAP.
     
  7. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I hate to think what maintenance and upkeep would cost on such a beastie!

    On the other hand, I'd dig having an old M151A1 1/4-ton truck (jeep) with soft-top kit!
     
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  8. JohnnyD

    JohnnyD Vancouver Bang Bang

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    I think a big factor in this is the tensions with Russia. We have used Russia to transport troops and equipment into Afghanistan. With all the trade sanctions we are going to enforce on them coming up monday over their hostile acts in the Ukraine I'm sure they won't be letting us use the route we have been using.
     
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  9. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    I worked on many of them back in the day.....
     
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  10. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I've gotten them buried (and stuck) in mud 4' deep and burned through THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of rounds with a pintle mounted M60 in Central America, driven them over 15' tall logging slash-piles in Germany, forded across 5' deep streams with the snorkel kit while standing on the floor boards... Good times!


    (OK, back on topic.... Sorry)
     
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  11. whiskeybill

    whiskeybill Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    They do it after every conflict to some degree or another.
     
  12. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Just another lesson not learned from the past. Same thing russia did when they left and then the terrorist used everything they could against us 20 years later.

    Just another huge cost the tax payers fronted and the govt mismanaged and wasted.
    I think if someone really dug in and looked at all the money taken from saddam, and wasted or stolen in iraq and afghanistan we would be able to give every American about $10 million bucks.
     
  13. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Or at least pay for their healthcare for a year. ;)
     
  14. PDXoriginal

    PDXoriginal PNW Well-Known Member

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    I'd gladly take a humvee off their hands.
     
  15. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    MT... Your current avatar is KILLING ME!! LMAO!!!
     
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  16. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    LMAO... A hot bag-lunch for the flies... Who says you can recycle/repurpose in-theater? ;)
     
  17. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    Yup we can just replace the Humvee's when they get back with new ones..............
    Oh wait.... GM aint building them any more and gee, they were only 100K plus each.
    Leave it to an administration known for it's WASTE, FRAUD and ABUSE of the American taxpayer.

    I wonder how Odumbo is going to blame destroying them on Bush? Totally pathetic
     
  18. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Too much of war surplus is ending up in the hands of local law enforcement.
     
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  19. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    The whole middle is a waste of money and I hold all those partaking in the waste of $$$ responsible.