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From Dirt:

Son of Afghanistan’s Former Defense Minister Buys \$20.9 Million Beverly Hills Mansion

by James McClain
Thu, October 7, 2021, 10:23 AM

He already owns a \$5.2 million Miami Beach condo at the prestigious St. Regis Bal Harbour resort, but Daoud Wardak apparently also wants a West Coast outpost. To that end, he’s heading for Beverly Hills — records reveal the semi-mysterious businessman, who is a son of former Afghan Minister of Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak, has bought a \$20.9 million mansion on a prime Trousdale Estates street.

Built all-new this year and designed by local architecture firm Woods + Dangaran, the nearly 9,000-square-foot house was described in an off-market listing as a fusion of “modern meets midcentury.” The 0.58-acre property last sold in 2016 for \$9.5 million to the Woodbridge Group, a now-defunct Ponzi scheme …

 
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  1. “Daoud will be angry with you”
    “Salute him for me”

  2. So the main result of globalization is that now there’s no difference between what had been the first world and the absolute bottom of the fourth world.

  3. Pulled himself up by his bootstraps, he did!

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  4. If we had actually accomplished anything good and useful during the war I would say “Well, good for him.” Even good wars need their profiteers.

    But we spent 20 years in Afghanistan doing nothing but wasting the lives of young Americans, digging ourselves ever deeper into debt, and then allowing ourselves to be overrun by hundreds of thosuands of Afghans, most of whom didn’t do a damn thing to help us and will spend the rest of their lives on welfare.

    To hell with these people, and to hell with the politicians who kept us their for 20 wasted years.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Wilkey


    ...the politicians who kept us their for 20 wasted years.
     
    Typo, or pun?
  5. Dave– that’s what Daoud means in Californian– should have looked at Milan first. Not only would he have his choice of two winning soccer clubs, he could also make an offer for one of the city’s postwar igloos and mushrooms by Mario Cavallè:

  6. @Wilkey
    If we had actually accomplished anything good and useful during the war I would say "Well, good for him." Even good wars need their profiteers.

    But we spent 20 years in Afghanistan doing nothing but wasting the lives of young Americans, digging ourselves ever deeper into debt, and then allowing ourselves to be overrun by hundreds of thosuands of Afghans, most of whom didn't do a damn thing to help us and will spend the rest of their lives on welfare.

    To hell with these people, and to hell with the politicians who kept us their for 20 wasted years.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    …the politicians who kept us their for 20 wasted years.

    Typo, or pun?

    • LOL: bomag
  7. Of course, Daoud Wardak is usually known by his nickname, “Hunter”.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    @Mr. Anon

    Hunter is a sort of American take on a certain kind of third-world character.

  8. I think he’s being unwise to do things that hit the media AND to have easily seized assets in the US. (One or the other not so bad, but both is asking for someone to confiscate it. They can always find a law. We’ve sunk to that.)

  9. We’re all a bunch of suckers.

    • Replies: @Marquis
    @Abolish_public_education

    We are. WE are. Much of this foreign invasion is accepted because Americans like the faux-rich feeling of their home prices going up. And much like the American dollar, American housing is seen as a safe place to stash money for the foreign high millionaire/billionaire class.

    I bet even Mr. Sailer peeks at the Zillow price of his modest SoCal bungalow from time to time and marvels at how a modest blogger could turn themselves into a real estate millionaire.

  10. I once read a feminist’s comment on a blog entry about how awful it would be to require that child support be spent on supporting the child for whom the father is ostensibly paying support. She said she could give the same answer every month. “I spent it on the house payment.”

    My comment?

    “Sure is nice of your ex-husband to be buying you a house.”

    I got banned.

    Same comment here. Sure was nice of America’s taxpayers to buy this alien a mansion. He has to thank the Chinese as well. The capitalist will give you the rope factory if you promise to sell him the rope you’re going to use to hang him for less than he’d have to pay for domestically produced rope.

    The only thing we got from Afghanistan of any long-term value is inoculating Americans against “nation-building” wars. We won’t vote for it again for 20-30 years. America will conquer Iran the next time a Republican is elected President. Should that event ever come to pass.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    @Rob

    The Democrats are torn between invading Iran because it's "HOMOPHOBIC!" and not invading because "SUPPORTS TRANS!".

    , @bomag
    @Rob


    The only thing we got from Afghanistan of any long-term value is inoculating Americans against “nation-building” wars.
     
    Maybe.

    Part of the problem is the hype that foreign adventures are profitable. We're told that colonialism made countries rich; foreign slaves built wealth; and making Afghanistan a trading partner will build the GDP (praise be upon it).

    All quite false, but the lure of kool-aid exceeds the sobering lessons of reality.
    , @ATBOTL
    @Rob

    Not everyone has been inoculated. Most boomer conservatives are angry that the war ended and angry that more Afghans "who helped the troops" are not being let in fast enough.

  11. Your tax dollars at work.

    • Agree: bomag
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Anonymous

    'Your tax dollars at work.'

    Well, at least they came back to the U.S. in this instance.

  12. @Rob
    I once read a feminist’s comment on a blog entry about how awful it would be to require that child support be spent on supporting the child for whom the father is ostensibly paying support. She said she could give the same answer every month. “I spent it on the house payment.”

    My comment?

    “Sure is nice of your ex-husband to be buying you a house.”

    I got banned.

    Same comment here. Sure was nice of America’s taxpayers to buy this alien a mansion. He has to thank the Chinese as well. The capitalist will give you the rope factory if you promise to sell him the rope you’re going to use to hang him for less than he’d have to pay for domestically produced rope.

    The only thing we got from Afghanistan of any long-term value is inoculating Americans against “nation-building” wars. We won’t vote for it again for 20-30 years. America will conquer Iran the next time a Republican is elected President. Should that event ever come to pass.

    Replies: @Redneck farmer, @bomag, @ATBOTL

    The Democrats are torn between invading Iran because it’s “HOMOPHOBIC!” and not invading because “SUPPORTS TRANS!”.

  13. A man has to live somewheres.

    • LOL: Old Prude
  14. Why are foreigners allowed to buy real estate in the USA?

    • LOL: Hangnail Hans
    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    @Foreign Expert

    It's one of our oldest scams. We get foreign investors to pay too much for American assets. They sell at a loss during downturns. We have some of their money, AND we get our assets back.

    , @Anonymous
    @Foreign Expert

    Because "our" leaders don't give a damn about the interests of native-born Americans. We are in the middle of a severe housing shortage in much of the country but rather than do the logical thing, which is to reduce demand by halting immigration and stopping foreign buyers/investors from hawking-up much needed properties, our esteemed leaders just sit on their hands.
    Americans have had sub-replacement fertility for decades now so why are housing prices so much more expensive in much of the country (inflation adjusted) than 40 or 50 years ago? Because an inflated market serves the interests of landlords, developers, real estate agents and Boomers (who were grandfathered into a much more affordable housing market decades ago) to have home prices going thru the stratosphere.

    Boomer: "Gee, that house that I bought in the mid '70s for $25,000 is now worth $700,000?! Yippee!! Time to take out a home equity loan and buy that new Lexus and take that second cruise! Who cares if my kids get nothing when I croak? Besides, younger people these days are so lazy, what's with all those 30 years olds still living in their mother's basements? /sarc."

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

  15. @Abolish_public_education
    We’re all a bunch of suckers.

    Replies: @Marquis

    We are. WE are. Much of this foreign invasion is accepted because Americans like the faux-rich feeling of their home prices going up. And much like the American dollar, American housing is seen as a safe place to stash money for the foreign high millionaire/billionaire class.

    I bet even Mr. Sailer peeks at the Zillow price of his modest SoCal bungalow from time to time and marvels at how a modest blogger could turn themselves into a real estate millionaire.

  16. @Foreign Expert
    Why are foreigners allowed to buy real estate in the USA?

    Replies: @Redneck farmer, @Anonymous

    It’s one of our oldest scams. We get foreign investors to pay too much for American assets. They sell at a loss during downturns. We have some of their money, AND we get our assets back.

  17. “modern meets midcentury.”

    That pretty much describes the interaction of America and Afghanistan, once you replace “midcentury” with “Middle Ages”.

  18. But heaven forbid you or I move more than \$600 without explaining where it came from.

  19. 9,000 square feet on 0.58 acres. Not much yard, then.

    The description of the inside sounds ugly and cold… contemporary minimalism. Few plants, but a pool. So much for water conservation!

    The brother of this crook made millions contracting with the US in Afghanistan. Now the crook blows 20 million for a block on a rock.

  20. Sounds like the former defense minister was pretty good at managing logistics.

  21. Anonymous[339] • Disclaimer says:
    @Foreign Expert
    Why are foreigners allowed to buy real estate in the USA?

    Replies: @Redneck farmer, @Anonymous

    Because “our” leaders don’t give a damn about the interests of native-born Americans. We are in the middle of a severe housing shortage in much of the country but rather than do the logical thing, which is to reduce demand by halting immigration and stopping foreign buyers/investors from hawking-up much needed properties, our esteemed leaders just sit on their hands.
    Americans have had sub-replacement fertility for decades now so why are housing prices so much more expensive in much of the country (inflation adjusted) than 40 or 50 years ago? Because an inflated market serves the interests of landlords, developers, real estate agents and Boomers (who were grandfathered into a much more affordable housing market decades ago) to have home prices going thru the stratosphere.

    Boomer: “Gee, that house that I bought in the mid ’70s for \$25,000 is now worth \$700,000?! Yippee!! Time to take out a home equity loan and buy that new Lexus and take that second cruise! Who cares if my kids get nothing when I croak? Besides, younger people these days are so lazy, what’s with all those 30 years olds still living in their mother’s basements? /sarc.”

    • Thanks: Cortes
    • Replies: @Abolish_public_education
    @Anonymous

    In CA, a normal sale (i.e. one that involves non- politically favored parties) triggers a reassessment. Overnight, the taxes on that property, not including special assessments, rise from $250 to $7K. Higher prices serve the interest of big government.

    Of course one kid in school more than cancels that out.

  22. @Rob
    I once read a feminist’s comment on a blog entry about how awful it would be to require that child support be spent on supporting the child for whom the father is ostensibly paying support. She said she could give the same answer every month. “I spent it on the house payment.”

    My comment?

    “Sure is nice of your ex-husband to be buying you a house.”

    I got banned.

    Same comment here. Sure was nice of America’s taxpayers to buy this alien a mansion. He has to thank the Chinese as well. The capitalist will give you the rope factory if you promise to sell him the rope you’re going to use to hang him for less than he’d have to pay for domestically produced rope.

    The only thing we got from Afghanistan of any long-term value is inoculating Americans against “nation-building” wars. We won’t vote for it again for 20-30 years. America will conquer Iran the next time a Republican is elected President. Should that event ever come to pass.

    Replies: @Redneck farmer, @bomag, @ATBOTL

    The only thing we got from Afghanistan of any long-term value is inoculating Americans against “nation-building” wars.

    Maybe.

    Part of the problem is the hype that foreign adventures are profitable. We’re told that colonialism made countries rich; foreign slaves built wealth; and making Afghanistan a trading partner will build the GDP (praise be upon it).

    All quite false, but the lure of kool-aid exceeds the sobering lessons of reality.

  23. Must be a lot of lucrative jobs out there than Americans won’t do.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    @Rob McX

    ...that Americans won't do.

  24. @Rob McX
    Must be a lot of lucrative jobs out there than Americans won't do.

    Replies: @Rob McX

    that Americans won’t do.

  25. Just think of him as an updated Beverly Hillbilly. Instead of critters in the cement pond, he can keep a harem.

  26. Our corrupt government dumped billions of our tax dollars into the hands of corrupt Afghan pederasts who now come here as “refugees” to buy multi-million dollar Beverly Hills mansions.
    It is difficult to be as outraged as we should be, because this is now numbingly routine.

    • Agree: Rob McX
  27. He didn’t even launder his money through 7-11s and Quickie Oil Change stations first.

    Clearly these Afghans don’t have the patience of their Vietnamese forbearers.

  28. @Mr. Anon
    Of course, Daoud Wardak is usually known by his nickname, "Hunter".

    Replies: @Pericles

    Hunter is a sort of American take on a certain kind of third-world character.

  29. @Anonymous
    Your tax dollars at work.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    ‘Your tax dollars at work.’

    Well, at least they came back to the U.S. in this instance.

  30. @Anonymous
    @Foreign Expert

    Because "our" leaders don't give a damn about the interests of native-born Americans. We are in the middle of a severe housing shortage in much of the country but rather than do the logical thing, which is to reduce demand by halting immigration and stopping foreign buyers/investors from hawking-up much needed properties, our esteemed leaders just sit on their hands.
    Americans have had sub-replacement fertility for decades now so why are housing prices so much more expensive in much of the country (inflation adjusted) than 40 or 50 years ago? Because an inflated market serves the interests of landlords, developers, real estate agents and Boomers (who were grandfathered into a much more affordable housing market decades ago) to have home prices going thru the stratosphere.

    Boomer: "Gee, that house that I bought in the mid '70s for $25,000 is now worth $700,000?! Yippee!! Time to take out a home equity loan and buy that new Lexus and take that second cruise! Who cares if my kids get nothing when I croak? Besides, younger people these days are so lazy, what's with all those 30 years olds still living in their mother's basements? /sarc."

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

    In CA, a normal sale (i.e. one that involves non- politically favored parties) triggers a reassessment. Overnight, the taxes on that property, not including special assessments, rise from \$250 to \$7K. Higher prices serve the interest of big government.

    Of course one kid in school more than cancels that out.

  31. @Rob
    I once read a feminist’s comment on a blog entry about how awful it would be to require that child support be spent on supporting the child for whom the father is ostensibly paying support. She said she could give the same answer every month. “I spent it on the house payment.”

    My comment?

    “Sure is nice of your ex-husband to be buying you a house.”

    I got banned.

    Same comment here. Sure was nice of America’s taxpayers to buy this alien a mansion. He has to thank the Chinese as well. The capitalist will give you the rope factory if you promise to sell him the rope you’re going to use to hang him for less than he’d have to pay for domestically produced rope.

    The only thing we got from Afghanistan of any long-term value is inoculating Americans against “nation-building” wars. We won’t vote for it again for 20-30 years. America will conquer Iran the next time a Republican is elected President. Should that event ever come to pass.

    Replies: @Redneck farmer, @bomag, @ATBOTL

    Not everyone has been inoculated. Most boomer conservatives are angry that the war ended and angry that more Afghans “who helped the troops” are not being let in fast enough.

  32. Refugee Makes Good

    lol

    I pray this will once and for all put the Horatio Alger myth to rest.

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