Military Spending Unaudited, Out-of-Control

Friday, May 30, 2008

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.