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.
It is time to do a comprehensive audit of the Pentagon. It’s supposed to have been audited long ago, and on an ongoing basis but brass has said that such an audit just can’t be done. The military is just too big.
Well, I say we give it a shot.
This comes to us from the folks at Cato.
This vehicle is just flat out insane and has no place in an American police force.
In this video they don’t show weaponized systems, but they exist. The public isn’t quite ready to see a robot mowing down a target with an automatic machine gun.
The Pentagon, like the Federal Reserve now seems to be completely unauditable, or at least that’s what we are told. Millions of dollars are probably lost every day in the giant military superstructure, but we don’t really know. And as this article points out, the military really doesn’t care.
We need to close bases but the money which flows from taxpayers, through the federal government, to the communities which have grown up around bases is sweet. Entire political careers have been built on base money.
I met the author of this article, a veteran, at a party recently in Washington DC. I love that Crystal City, which is right next to the Pentagon and where dozens of defense contractors are based, is in the congressional district he wants to represent. My bet is he won’t be getting many donations from those zip codes.
We stay and will stay in a more “limited” way in Afghanistan because it is vitally important in the “grand game.” Afghanistan is the cornerstone of Asia and it is at the crossroads of the Silk Road. To the north is Putin’s Russia, to the west Iran. To the east China. To the south India. It may be inhospitable. It may be dangerous. It may be the place where historically empires have gone to die. But it is full of unexploited minerals and lots and lots of opium.
Afghanistan stinks. The death, despair, cronyism, corruption, the companies licking their chops over lithium and rare earths deposits, the endless funds which are printed here and flow through Kabul to God only knows where, the “heroin bomb” dropped on American cities. The country may look like heaven in places, but for America it has been hell.