After years of empty promises and demands from frustrated members of Congress, the Pentagon finally conducted its first-ever comprehensive audit—and unsurprisingly failed it, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan revealed Thursday.
I’m shocked—shocked!—to find waste, fraud and abuse rampant in my Department of “Defense.”
So long as high-level people near retirement have HUUGE salaries dangled in their eyes, this persistent approval of excessive pricing for common goods will persist. It works like this: A general, say two years from retirement, approves a Purchase Order for 20% more than the actual price SHOULD be. So, that $80 Million project is quoted by the private company as $96 Million…expanding profit on the project by another $16 Million. And, they do this over and over while the General holds down that job in the Pentagon. What’s the General get out of that? He’s guaranteed to get a cushy job upon retirement with a huge salary and benefits, running the same scam on his replacement at the Pentagon. Change the ratios for more profit, and Pentagon is soon buying common flush toilets for an office building on some far-flung island for $1,800 apiece. For the sole-source vendors (e.g., makers of submarines, aircraft, computer software, etc.) the percentage of the cost that is pure PROFIT can range up to 30-40% (and occasionally more)! The scam, prohibited by law, works because the Pentagon can always claim the project is too SECRET for any external scrutiny.
The DoD goes to great lengths to monitor “oversight,” by cutting it off at the knees, putting “Top Secret” on the project, to conceal these shenanigans. I would trust their “internal audits” and documentation with same approach I take to being in a cage with a hungry tiger.
I suspect a good lot of those talking heads that appear on CNN , MSNBC , FOX and the like explaining why the USA must go on to the next war, or ramp up military spending in order to deal with even more threats, receive funding from that same Pentagon. Audits would reveal that. It beyond corrupt when they not audited. The more they spend the greater the reson for an Audit.
Instead of tightening the Pentagon’s belt, all of those directly responsible for the extreme waste and fraud should be taken out back and given a taste of that belt, before their pensions are revoked.
…Every, actual tax paying US resident is owed ‘reparations’, double for Indigenous and Blacks…I’m a paleface.
I would change the above narrative to: since the false flag on 9/11, the bogus war of terror has made the United States Government’s war profiteers a staggering $5.9 trillion
“Although a 1990 federal law requires all U.S. government agencies to conduct annual financial audits, the Pentagon put it off until launching this one last December.” . . . . . so after 28 years, the audit tells us what we already knew, and no heads will roll. Not a fine, no charges, no convictions for national grand larceny.
Non disclosure agreements, MIC corporate governance, an extremist ideology of militarism are allowed to lie and spend trillions, ballooning the debt, while the corrupted power brokers piss in the wind. Meanwhile Americans starve, are homeless, can’t access healthcare, and the liars coast along . . . . . Centrist politics is bankrupt (pun intended).
The warmonger industries, the US military, and the Pentagon are all evil entities wasting billions of dollars and creating immense suffering worldwide.
Anyone who volunteers for the US military or works for a “defense” contractor is complicit.
I too am shocked, shocked, shocked also. We ALL knew they would fail an honest audit. They should have been locked down and for warned, then told the top fifty worst abusers would be fired so they could start looking for new jobs. If it doesn’t make our blood boil when we know we over spend on slush money for the Pentagon, C.I.A., military budget, and then a massive tax cut for the richest of us, it should. WHY? Because they turn right around and tell you there is no money for your healthcare. What garbage.
Ohhh, you’re so critical!!! I mean, they only lost trillions of dollars. A trillion is only a thousand billion and nowadays a billion is pocket change to some branches of the government. The military isn’t worried, especially when the Congress keeps giving them even more money every year. The Congress is in their back pocket or they will discontinue all of those many, many contracts and sub-contracts scattered all over the country in so many, many congressional districts.
" If we can’t defend this country on $350 Billion a year, it is time to get some new generals ". Merrill Anthony " Tony " McPeak. Retired 4 Star General U.S.A.F.
Guess what: Times Up!!! It’s time to get a bunch of new generals. And, make sure they’re good at basic math and be proficient spellers, too. The top brass should focus on words like " transparency " and " patriotic duty " and " honor ". They should also know that 5 yrs for stealing and 5 yrs for the cover up equals ( 5+5=s 10 ) ten years in federal prison. Plus, loss of pension and forfeiture of all assets, etc. ( that’s subtraction, but needs to be driven home hard, hopefully not with a $500 Army hammer, however. )
Will anything good come from this audit? The chances are, not so much with the Swamp Creatures running this boondoggle right now, but hope dies last.
Total NATO military spending is well Over 1.3 trillion a year. Russia spends 60 billion a year yet NATO claims Russia a threat to overrun the lot of them.
Maybe you need some Russian Generals.
Just think. The $5.9 trillion that was spent on the GWOT has resulted in terrorism increasing because the Pentagon’s actions has served as a recruiting campaign for the terrorist organizations. For each person that the Pentagon kills, terrorist or just an ordinary citizen, it creates a whole family of people wanting revenge.
If we hadn’t spent that money, then it is quite likely that not only would we still have $5.9 trillion, but terrorism would be a much smaller problem than it is now.
Let us do a thought experiment. Is this just military incompetence you know SNAFU? The kids admitted to the military academies are among the smartest and most competent. They get among the finest educations available. They perform in their various branches and show competence so are sent to the Pentagon. They suddenly cannot show competence and lose the money, Then they retire and are hired by large corporations and suddenly become competent again. In fact they find the money that got lost.
Aside: The Pentagon is a big place. Did they check all the closets for the missing money?
Katherine Austin Fitts has identified much more than $5.9 trillion unaccounted for from the Pentagon and HUD. The US government is a criminal conspiracy.
No doubt. The Kleptocracy ( to well connected to jail ) is aligned with the financial interests ( Unipartiists ) funding The Police & Security State, at home and abroad. Ya’ know, " we’re keepin’ the nxggxrs down "; so in their eyes we’re all nxggxrs now, too. And, their voting block back stop is the Evangelical/Fundamentalist/Creationist/Opus Dei flim-flamming and hoodwinking false prophets, paternalistic closeted, bigots all. Who want total control and an American Theocratic State. As nailed down as The Stasi had E. Germany under its thumb screws. It’s all around us and very few have the courage to point it out.
In Mexico 65K people get whacked for quasi-political reasons every year; America is becoming more like that place every year.
Do you know the word " savvy " as a veiled warning?
This is why whistle blowers are absolutely necessary. Only third world nations have militaries that consume the people’s tax dollars and don’t account to the people for their expenditures. In so many ways the US military emulates the tyrannical, poor and destitute despotic regimes that have no accountability to the people who pay their salaries. It is despicable that this has gone on year after year, in total disregard for American law. How can the American people continue to allow such abrogation of law and probity to persist?
The short answer is 24/7 propaganda, combined with life long exposure to indoctrination, religion and the constant bombardment of useless information.
The result is a thoroughly brainwashed population that is ready to believe, or disbelieve, whatever they are told.
When you also have a culture that glorifies ignorance, wealth, violence, selfishness and generally holds vices to be universal virtues, you have a recipe for horrific insanity unlike anything the world has ever seen.
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