Military Spending Unaudited, Out-of-Control

This week Henry Waxman’s Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing with Mary L. Ugone, Deputy Inspector General for Auditing, U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General. The purpose was to examine the newly released report on the Inspector General’s investigation of billions in disbursals in Iraq.

Little surprise, billions are unaccounted for. BILLIONS! This makes my blood boil. The Pentagon’s budget, according to the New York Times, has doubled since 2000, yet no additional auditors have been added. This is an invitation to thievery; an open checkbook for war profiteers.

Contrasted with the brave and noble service of our soldiers, this kind of malfeasance is treasonous. Every day there is another story. The Times editorial points out that $320.8 million dollars was paid to 1,000 anonymous workers under the entry Iraqi Salary Payment – $320K per worker. Nobody know who these people are. Another recent story cites the faulty ammunition supplied by a couple of twenty-somethings to the Afghan Army. Still other stories find Halliburton overcharging for services. And so on. Just google this stuff and watch the effluent flow.

There should be criminal indictments for this, and they should go all the way to the top.

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7 Responses to Military Spending Unaudited, Out-of-Control

  1. Stormwarning says:

    You make balnket statements and quote an article without any perspective. A friend of mine is a contractor in Iraq whose initial contract was for the “standard” deal of $180K (tax free if he left Iraq for one month each year and came back to the US); as for unaudited Defense spending…I’ll let you sit in on the audit I went through and will go through again.

  2. nahnopenotquite says:

    Are you arguing for unaudited spending and war profiteers? If someone earned the money great. The Pentagon should know where it went and why it went there.

  3. USMC GI Bill Veteran. says:

    If this gets you worked up, then you should get worked up about Congressional Earmarks, right?

    Let’s see, Ms Pelosi & Mr. Reid were going to get spending under control… Weren’t they? But the recently passed $200 billion Farm bill had only $40 billion in of actual farm related expenditures. Were the rest “Earmarks”?

    And, Obama got a $100K Earmark for the Priest Phleger… Who shows up in his church.

    Hmmm I think you are overdue for some self-righteousness about the Dems.

  4. Stormwarning says:

    Of course that should have been “blanket” statements. I am arguing that you have no real life perspective. Audits are a way of life. The “news” about “lost spending” is not new, however. This is rehashed hash. And by the way, not all earmarks are bad. Many times a deserving program is out of synch with the timing of its period of performance and the budget request process. So to ensure program continuity, an earmark (an additional appropriation made during the budget process that adds funds for such programs) is needed. Here again, when amateurs get involved in subjects just because they read something on the Internet, it doesn’t suddenly make them experts in the area. “Nuff said!”

  5. Michael says:

    I have no doubt that there is alot of unaccounted for funds in our war spend for Iraq, and the accounting and auditing procedures could be much tighter and controlled. But that same statement applies to DOMESTIC spend as well. I would venture to guess that the same inspection of domestic allocated funding has the same levels of rife, corruption, mismanagement and unaccounted $$ as the military Iraq funding (if not more). This excuses neither, but points out the issue is that when you talk BILLIONS & BILLIONS OF $$, tracking and accounting for it becomes nearly impossible. The problem is in the size of government spending, and thats why it is best which governs and spends the least. Small government, focused narrowly on its core abilities, with all else delegated to the states and municipalities is the best way to control wasted spending. The smaller the amounts and the closer it gets to the taxed source (the people), the more accountability to its providers. Did you mean to make such an argument for limited, conservative government with your post?

  6. CHANGE says:

    Incompetent and immoral Bush/Cheney/Rove administration. Period.

  7. Tim says:

    In the fields the bodies burning
    As the war machine keeps turning
    Death and hatred to mankind
    Poisoning their brainwashed minds, oh lord yeah!

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