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$800 million for this?

April 17, 2013

I have a hard time believing that with the financial problems that we are having in America today that our government is willing to spend $800 million of American taxpayers money to rebuild a dam i......

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CMReeder

Apr-17-13 12:50 AM

The****in question was originally built by the US in the 1950s, turbines were to be installed in the seventies and then Afghanistan's war with the Soviet Union. After 9/11 and the invasion by the US which ousted the Taliban from power, a resumption of providing electrical power to the southern regions of Afghanistan was implemented. It was to be completed by 2005 now it will be 2015 with luck.

Reason for doing this it will provide electricity and jobs and security to the region and thwart a resurrection of the Taliban. It makes economic and political sense to that region. It would also give stability.

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CMReeder

Apr-17-13 12:51 AM

It censored dam?

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nobud74

Apr-17-13 1:28 AM

Chuck, I almost agree with you. If we weren't in such poor financial shape ourselves, I would think this is worthy. But, we are broke and borrowing 40% of our budget. This may be the time to tell them to build their own project.

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MBardo

Apr-17-13 1:50 AM

I agree with Chuck on this. By making the region more stable now, we are less likely to spend billions there in the future on more wars that nobody wants.

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Tedeaux

Apr-17-13 5:49 AM

While what Chuck says sounds logical, we're not dealing with logical people in Afghanistan. If the people know that the d*a*m is being funded by the US, they are much more likely to think of it as a great place to demonstrate their bomb making skills or for artillery practice once Americans have completely left the area. It sounds nice, but times being what they are, $800 million could do a long way towards hiring air traffic controlers at local airports that got cut in the sequester.

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MrShaman

Apr-17-13 6:12 AM

"It censored dam?" - CMReeder

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Who KNEW there was an English Major managing this column?

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MrShaman

Apr-17-13 6:14 AM

"This may be the time to tell them to build their own project." - nobud74

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...Or, at the very, provide some details that'd verify the validity of this letter.

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MrShaman

Apr-17-13 6:21 AM

"While what Chuck says sounds logical, we're not dealing with logical people in Afghanistan." - Tedeaux

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No doubt. You'd expect them to show a MODICUM of gratitude, after we've spent so much time & money using their Country to display our military-preparedness!!!!

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CMReeder

Apr-17-13 7:31 AM

Well nobud we could not afford to invade but we did. We are not broke as a nation we are still producing and earning. We are not only building but supplying training and knowledge and technology.

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CMReeder

Apr-17-13 7:33 AM

Tedeaux, there are logical people in Afghnistan but like here they are not given the spotlight. The reason there isn't $800 million for air traffic controlers is the sequestor not funds for a****in Afghanistan.

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CMReeder

Apr-17-13 7:34 AM

I must be hitting the 'n' key along with the 'm' when spelling dam.

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rmiller

Apr-17-13 7:45 AM

Ahhh, we've been rebuilding nations for a long time. Now, perhaps more investments in the ME with their sympathizer in our WH.

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Josh84

Apr-17-13 8:08 AM

This issue is settled everyone. Shaman appeared, added his superabundance of knowledge and significantly contributed to the conversation. we can all take the remainder of the day off and enjoy the spring air. How about a collective "thank you" to Mr. Shaman.

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spike2

Apr-17-13 8:11 AM

Didn't we say we would rebuild after the invasion? Remember, the oil we were going to obtain or purchase at a lower rate would cover the expense. oops again.

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CMReeder

Apr-17-13 8:42 AM

For Relene it depends all in who is in the WH.

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CMReeder

Apr-17-13 8:43 AM

Well Josh as least he added something, you not so much.

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Josh84

Apr-17-13 8:46 AM

@Spike, from Afghanistan?

@Chuck, ok...uh, good one, ya got me.

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SteelerFan

Apr-17-13 9:01 AM

17 trillion in the hole and Chuck still doesn't think we're broke. He's the King of Denial.

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rick424

Apr-17-13 10:18 AM

apparently there is oil in Afghanistan. Apparently China won the right to get it. There are also vast minerals in Afghanistan. I guess the right doesn't understand foreign policy, or they got it from, what was her name again?

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Alsever

Apr-17-13 10:35 AM

*00 million is nothing compared to the rest of the money we hand out. Did you read the article in Mondays paper about the Israeli Sgt who said EVERY rifle he ever held in Israel is marked, "Property of the USA"? Wish they would give me one.

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MBardo

Apr-17-13 11:19 PM

I see I have nine people that disagree with me. That is a new record. Simple question for all of you. Wasn't it one of the goals of President Bush to help stabilize the region? Yes, there are many things the money could be used for, but we still have an obligation to finish what we started over there or we will end up going back in the future.

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MrShaman

Apr-18-13 5:36 AM

"Yes, there are many things the money could be used for, but we still have an obligation to finish what we started over there or we will end up going back in the future." - MBardo

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...A sentiment that SHOULD have been considered, back in 1989.

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See:

Charlie Wilson's Peace - Washington Post

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MrShaman

Apr-18-13 5:47 AM

"This issue is settled everyone. Shaman appeared, added his superabundance of knowledge and significantly contributed to the conversation. we can all take the remainder of the day off and enjoy the spring air. How about a collective "thank you" to Mr. Shaman." - Josh84

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Hmmmmmm...so, in the interest of promoting the finer-points of our capitalistic way-of-Life...I'm due a consultation-fee??!!!

COOL!!!!

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Tedeaux

Apr-18-13 6:20 AM

Well MrShaman, with comments two consecutive days in a row, I say we make it a "twofer"! Everyone, take today off as well! All the worlds problems have been solved here in the comment section of our very own Sun Gasette. A second day of celebration is in order!

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CMReeder

Apr-18-13 8:15 AM

Yes SF we are not broke, it debt not broken you twit!

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