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We’re Building Extra-Flammable Barracks for the Afghan Army



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More of our tax dollars at work: The special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction finds that a significant portion of the U.S.-built buildings for the Afghan military are . . . more flammable than international building codes permit.

The inspector general’s report notes,

In April, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told SIGAR that the decision not to bring all buildings into compliance with [international building codes] will affect 285 buildings, including 83 barracks buildings, four medical clinics, and two fire stations.

Hey, what are the odds of a fire on an Afghan army base, right? It’s not like there’s a chance the Taliban or other warlords will be firing mortars, rockets, and other explosives at them, right?

The justification for the use of a particularly flammable foam is that

the typical occupant populations for these facilities are young, fit Afghan Soldiers and recruits who have the physical ability to make a hasty retreat during a developing situation.

Hopefully, all the patients being treated in those medical clinics will get that memo.


Tags: Afghanistan , Inspector General


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