Monday, April 18, 2016

Baaaad idea: DoD spent $6 million on failed goat-mating project

Lawmakers themselves couldn't seem to believe that Friday's House Armed Services hearing on waste in Afghanistan involved discussing a herd of Italian goats. "This is the kind of stuff that belongs on 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,' not as a subject of a congressional hearing," said Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing, referencing a satirical news show on HBO. The Pentagon spent $6.1 million shipping Italian male goats to Afghanistan to mate with female Afghan goats to make cashmere as one of several initiatives to boost the Afghan economy after the war.  John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said the project included nine Italian goats and 10 from Tajikistan. Task Force for Business and Stability Operations personnel who worked on the project, which he deemed a "failure," had "no idea what they were doing," according to Sopko's written testimony...more

I've been around a long time and witnessed many instances of government incompetence.  But they can't get goats to mate?  Would probably fail with rabbits too.  We need to put these folks in charge of wolf recovery.

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