As I have said many times, I grew up a Navy brat. I have great respect for the military and its culture. The sound of an F-14 screeching as it comes in for a landing is deeply ingrained in my subconscious and in my heart. I am a Navy Football fan. But conservatives (at least modern conservatives and of course neoconservatives – who are not really conservatives) give the military far too much credit, literally.
Well that’s great. The question is how useful will this audit actually be, and how truthful? In the 3 years since the birth of this site we have chronicled plenty of examples of waste in the military. It is PERVASIVE. The level of waste speaks frankly to a culture of accounting negligence at the Pentagon which is perhaps only rivaled by the chicanery at the Federal Reserve. Heads (and many many heads at all levels) should have rolled long ago. But, because a large portion of the American people have given the US military a pass on waste (Republicans) nothing has been done for decades – really ever.
The Department of Defense has been given a free ride pretty much since World War II. The Military Industrial Complex which President Eisenhower warned about in his farewell address (former 5 star general Eisenhower) is very real and it has grown and grown taking up ever more of the American economy. The contractors and the services are awash in taxpayer money. Your money. And much of this money isn’t being used wisely. It is going to hyper expensive parts procurement (see above), and for programs in sub-Saharan Africa, and jets which catch fire on the flight line (The F-35) and Lord knows what else.
I don’t agree with McCain on much but he’s probably dead on here. The Senator even references Eisenhower’s warning to America of the Military Industrial Complex. I include a part of the warning below. Every American should hear it at least once.
Well I guess the $1 trillion omnibus bill was the last gasp for this Military Industrial Complex advocate.
It’s a rhetorical question of course. We know the answer. Just look at the vote in the House 2 days ago. The taxpayer doesn’t have anything on the contractors.
You know the Military Industrial Complex has spun out of control when the founder of Blackwater has a change of heart. I’m not letting this guy off the hook, he should have been saying this stuff in 2006, but I am pleased that he is at least saying something now.
“What the ____ is this?”
I agree with him. If the Tea Party is truly, honest to goodness, for small government it should be for reducing the size of our military as well as for reducing domestic spending. I know for a fact that some people within what is called the Tea Party are all for cutting the size of the military, but still too few.