Pentagon Spending: Up, Up, and Away! by William J. Astore

Probably the most bloated bureaucracy on the planet is going to get more money from the Trump administration. The Defense Department has never passed an audit, and hasn’t won a real war in decades. Ah, but this is Eunuchville (see “Balls“), where nothing succeeds like failure. From William J. Astore at antiwar.com:

Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value. Under the Trump administration, what is valued is spending on military weaponry and wars. The Pentagon is due to get a major boost under Trump, as reported by the Associated Press and FP: Foreign Policy:

Money train. It’s looking like it might be Christmas in February for the U.S. defense industry. The Pentagon has delivered a $30 billion wish list to Congress that would fund more ships, planes, helicopters, drones, and missiles, the AP reports.

And that might only be the beginning.

President Trump has already ordered the Pentagon to draft a “supplemental” budget for 2017 that would include billions more for the US military on top of the $600 billion the Obama administration budgeted for…

As FP’s Paul McLeary and Dan De Luce recently reported, there are proposals floating around for a defense budget as high as $640 billion for 2018, which would bust through congressionally-mandated spending caps that Democrats — and many Republicans — are happy to keep in place. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has been tasked with completing the supplemental request by March 1.

The Pentagon, which has never passed a financial audit and which has wasted more than two trillion dollars over the years (this figure came in 2001, when Donald Rumsfeld was Secretary of Defense under Bush/Cheney), is due to be given even more money to spend, irrespective of past performance or future need.

Naturally, each military service is already posturing and clamoring for the extra money promised by Trump. Consider the US Navy, which, according to Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral William Moran, will be “Just Flat Out Out Of Money” without this supplemental funding boost from Congress.

 

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4 responses to “Pentagon Spending: Up, Up, and Away! by William J. Astore

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  2. I posted your “”As Ye Sew…”” piece on Inflection Point for a Sunday read. Attendant credit and links are included.

    Straight line logic; truth!

    Regarding “two trillion dollars” above:

    “Later in 2005, during a 2006 defense budget hearing, U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinny, questioned Donald Rumsfeld about the missing funds and specifically about DynCorp’s contracts, when she pointedly asked,”

    “Mr. Secretary is it the policy of the US government to reward companies that traffic in women and little girls?” (see video below)

    “A year earlier Catherine Austin Fitts identified DynCorp as the manager of numerous U.S. agency budgets and their covert operations, doing so with the use of PROMIS software …”

    “Today those missing Pentagon funds have grown to $6.7 Trillion and may be as high as $9 Trillion.”

    Please, see: “DynCorp, Haiti & Me: Will Trump Drain the Swamp? This is How We’ll Know”

    https://notionalvalue.blogspot.com/2017/01/dyncorp-haiti-me-will-trump-drain-swamp.html

    Like

  3. I posted your “”As Ye Sew…”” piece on Inflection Point for a Sunday read. Attendant credit and links are included.

    Straight line logic; truth!

    Regarding “two trillion dollars” above:

    “Later in 2005, during a 2006 defense budget hearing, U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinny, questioned Donald Rumsfeld about the missing funds and specifically about DynCorp’s contracts, when she pointedly asked,”

    “Mr. Secretary is it the policy of the US government to reward companies that traffic in women and little girls?” (see video below)

    “A year earlier Catherine Austin Fitts identified DynCorp as the manager of numerous U.S. agency budgets and their covert operations, doing so with the use of PROMIS software …”

    “Today those missing Pentagon funds have grown to $6.7 Trillion and may be as high as $9 Trillion.”

    Please, see: “DynCorp, Haiti & Me: Will Trump Drain the Swamp? This is How We’ll Know”

    https://notionalvalue.blogspot.com/2017/01/dyncorp-haiti-me-will-trump-drain-swamp.html

    Like

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