Biden Admin Sank Roughly $10 Million Into Gaza Pier For Each Day It (Kind Of) Worked

The Biden administration likely spent millions in taxpayer funds for every day its Gaza aid pier was actually operational, according to multiple reports.

The pier was constructed in mid-May and meant to serve as a causeway for aid delivery to the Palestinians via a maritime route. But problems plagued the pier nearly from the moment it became operational. The platform will likely only last a few more days this week before it is shuttered entirely, three U.S. officials told ABC News on Tuesday.

In the 53 days since the pier was built, it has only been operational for 23 days, and will likely only be open for a few days more this week, according to ABC. The Pentagon’s current estimate is that the pier will run up a $230 million total, including roughly $22 million in estimated repair costs so far.

The pier was frequently shut down due to a string of logistical and operational problems, according to ABC. It was hastily built by the U.S. military at the behest of the Biden administration and could not be operated in the frequent bad weather and high sea conditions of the Mediterranean, The Wall Street Journal previously reported.

Stormy weather broke the pier apart in late May, forcing the U.S. military to tow it north for repairs, which took over a week. It was put back in place in early June, but from then on was removed and re-anchored several times so that more stints of unfavorable weather conditions wouldn’t damage it, according to ABC.

The Pentagon previously admitted that there was a baseline risk that U.S. troops who were operating the pier could be attacked by Hamas or other bad actors. The landing site for the pier on the shores of Gaza was bombed in mortar fire by an unidentified terrorist group weeks before construction began.

The pier was also largely ineffective at delivering the necessary humanitarian aid to residents of Gaza, who have been caught in the crossfire of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The goal was to offload between 90 and 150 trucks of aid per day from the pier; a United Nations official previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation that between 300 and 500 trucks of aid were needed on a daily basis.

And a large bulk of the aid that has been loaded off of the pier is piled up on the shores, as the chief organization responsible for distributing aid stopped making distributions from the pier in early June, citing security concerns. Officials told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the next several days this week would be spent trying to clear out some of the aid that’s been piling up ahead of the pier removal.

Defense experts and former U.S. officials previously told the DCNF that the pier was a “terrible idea” — even before it was built — and that there were far more effective ways to deliver aid to the Palestinians, chiefly through truck convoys through border crossings in Israel and Egypt.

“All these other problems are so severe to me that it’s not worth the risk, which is why it is disappointing that the administration is putting politics ahead of sound military and intelligence planning,” Michael DiMino, fellow at the Defense Priorities think tank and CIA official, told the DCNF weeks before the pier was built. “This was fairly last minute — the administration was looking for a Goldilocks approach that would allow them not to have to put more pressure on Israel, or put more pressure on Egypt, but to work around the bigger issue here.”

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Featured image credit: Courtesy Photo/U.S. Central Command)


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