U.S. abandons consulate site in Afghanistan, citing security risks
By Ernesto Londoño, Published: May 5 The Washington Post
After signing a 10-year lease and spending more than $80 million on a site envisioned as the United States’ diplomatic hub in northern Afghanistan, American officials say they have abandoned their plans, deeming the location for the proposed compound too dangerous.
Eager to raise an American flag and open a consulate in a bustling downtown district of the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif, officials in 2009 sought waivers to stringent State Department building rules and overlooked significant security problems at the site, documents show. The problems included relying on local building techniques that made the compound vulnerable to a car bombing, according to an assessment by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul that was obtained by The Washington Post.
But, but, but, I thought BO said things were going well in Afghanistan. He was just there!!! But I guess this stuff happens when you give an exit date and remove fear of retribution by the US. All I can say is I hope my friends from the Corps of Engineers get out before TSHTF