A report by an Army general backed a decision to spend $36 million on a command headquarters in southwestern Afghanistan, The Washington Post reports. The report found that the building needs additional work, but after that troops should move in.
The decision, however, has perplexed other senior military officers who suggested that they didn’t need the building, which can hold up to 1,500 people. Under current White House considerations, Camp Leatherneck, where the headquarters is located, will be closed by this time next year.
“The Army built us an enormous white elephant, and now, to save face, we’re being told to waste more money and time to move into it,” said a senior Marine officer. “We don’t need it. We’re packing up there.”
Another Marine general, who oversees southwest Afghanistan, referred to the building as a “money drain.”