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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz: ‘The U.S. Military Is Spending $20 Million for Firewood’
The Blaze ^ | September 14, 2012 | Jason Howerton

Posted on 09/14/2012 7:58:20 PM PDT by LucyT

During a House Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) revealed that the U.S. military is currently spending about $20 million on firewood. That’s right, firewood.

“It mentions in your report that the U.S. military is spending $20 million for firewood. Is there any justification for $20 million in Afghan firewood?” Chaffetz asks John F. Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

“Mr. Chairman that was one of the more interesting comments my auditor told me is that — you are absolutely correct we are paying…approximately $20 million a year for firewood,” Sopko confirmed. “And when my auditors asked for documentation on what we spent on firewood, we were basically told quote unquote ‘we don’t have, the records we just spend the money.’”

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1 posted on 09/14/2012 7:58:31 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: LucyT

Hmm . . sounds like the money IS literally burned like “firewood”.


2 posted on 09/14/2012 8:02:14 PM PDT by Twinkie (In whose eyes a vile person is contemned. Ps. 15:4a)
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To: LucyT

How come we never see stories about ridiculous spending by the Dept of Education?


3 posted on 09/14/2012 8:05:03 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: LucyT

Yes, it’s expensive. But it’s milspec firewood.


4 posted on 09/14/2012 8:08:15 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: ClearCase_guy
How come we never see stories about ridiculous spending by the Dept of Education?

For the same reason you don't see the wallpaper: when you're surrounded by ridiculous spending you don't see it. In the DoD budget, the ridiculous items stick out like a proverbial sore thumb.

Or maybe you do: the stories about ridiculous Dept. of Ed spending are disguised as stories about the U.S. spending more per pupil on education than any other country and ending up 9th, 10th, 43rd. . . on some measure of educational quality.

5 posted on 09/14/2012 8:10:13 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: smokingfrog

LOL. Quote of the day.


6 posted on 09/14/2012 8:12:40 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: ClearCase_guy
The Dept of Education is ridiculous spending
7 posted on 09/14/2012 8:15:46 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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8 posted on 09/14/2012 8:16:04 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: LucyT

Is a 100,000 cords of wood alot?


9 posted on 09/14/2012 8:24:58 PM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: LucyT

They didn’t say how much wood they got. I usually get a cord (4x4x8) for $150. That means I can get 133,333 cords for 20 mil and at 128 cubic feet per cord I would get 17 million cubic feet. That would be about 50 acres stacked 8 feet high. Quite a bit of wood, but not astronomical.


10 posted on 09/14/2012 8:27:09 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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Goes for about $125 around here right now. That’s a LOT of firewood. What does algore have to say about all of that CO2?


11 posted on 09/14/2012 8:27:30 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: smokingfrog

“Yes, it’s expensive. But it’s milspec firewood.”

Until I read the article, I thought it was a tongue-in-cheek reference to building embassies, consulates, police stations and such just to have them burned down by Muslims...


12 posted on 09/14/2012 8:28:44 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: al baby

Bush's fault

13 posted on 09/14/2012 8:29:09 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: al baby

Where did you see 100,000 cords? That’s $200 a cord if true which is not horrible.


14 posted on 09/14/2012 8:29:09 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: LucyT; xzins

That’s just kindling wood for all the Bibles they need to burn to mollify the Islamists.


15 posted on 09/14/2012 8:36:11 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: LucyT

Why would we need firewood in Afghanistan? I thought that area was hot and dry.


16 posted on 09/14/2012 8:36:15 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: smokingfrog

You got it.

Moisture content deductions, based on a random dehydrated sliver sample.

then estimate the cordage, and pull a sample for dry weight/BTU production, based on table for species and locale.

I’m sure we are getting our money’s worth.


17 posted on 09/14/2012 8:37:37 PM PDT by One Name
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To: LucyT

The Afghan army heats with firewood in the winter and cooks with it year round.


18 posted on 09/14/2012 8:40:58 PM PDT by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: palmer

I would think in a third world country $50 a cord would be more like it. We get screwed on everything the gov buys.


19 posted on 09/14/2012 8:41:36 PM PDT by paintriot (I've seen too much.....)
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To: Twinkie

It’s what they use to cook with - they prefer the taste of food cooked over wood. We built a lot of really nice propane stoves in the new Army mess halls for them, and they would light a wood fire (inside the kitchen!), and cook their rice over it. Too bad we didn’t talk to them before we built all the bright shiny stuff...

Makes more sense, actually - they don’t have the infrastructure to develop and deliver propane to their bases on a regular schedule. Same with the diesel they run the power generators with.

There’s a whole pile of stuff you just can’t make up.


20 posted on 09/14/2012 8:50:34 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun Control means hitting where you're aiming!))
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To: NavVet

When they are not busy shooting our guys, of course.


21 posted on 09/14/2012 9:20:27 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: LucyT
we don’t have, the records we just spend the money

While that's typical for our government, this spending for spending's sake is getting more and more out of control under this administration. Burning money is on page 463 of their how to book on the destruction of America.

22 posted on 09/15/2012 8:41:45 AM PDT by bgill
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