Pentagon can't account for $21 trillion, up from $6.5 trillion (UPDATED W/ REAL ARTICLE -- POST #66)

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  1. JosephDredd

    JosephDredd Gold Belt

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    https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-pentagon-cant-account-for-21-trillion/

    That's some crazy shit. Thank you to the scholars and journalists who really dig for stuff like this.

    2400 accountants auditing the Pentagon for the first time, ever.

    EDIT: jump to post #66 for the article written by one of the two people two discovered this mess. it's less shitposty.
     
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    That article is excoriating, holy fuck.

    Looks like all that "We can't afford healthcare" bullshit is right out the window. Universal care here we come.
     
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    They are probably using the money to build schools for girls in Afghanistan.
     
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    We should give them a bigger budget
     
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    I remember this when it came up before. The language can potentially leave readers with a false impression. It’s not saying that there was 21 trillion in improper spending but rather that the accounting systems haven’t been in place to track the spending. No doubt an amount, maybe even a significant amount, is illegitimate but it’s likely the vast majority of the spending was precisely what it purported to be (much as I would like to believe there’s some vast pot of gold larger than the entire US economy)
     
  6. Trotsky

    Trotsky Social Capitalist / Capitalistic Communist

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    Yeah these "unaccounted for funds" threads/stories always need to be approached very cautiously and with great scrutiny.

    I am completely amenable to this administration, what with its proliferation of profiteers and crooks running departments for personal gain, "losing track" of funds is usually/mostly an administrative issue chiefly.
     
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    I saw an article about this earlier in the year. There is next to no accountability when it comes to where all this money goes. Their excuse was literally our agency is too big and complicated to audit. And all you hear from all the zealous anti-waste crowd is crickets. Answer? Increase military spending!
     
  8. JosephDredd

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    It sounds like you didn't read the article, in which the Pentagon has taken steps to remove all sources of information that could reveal more unaccounted-for money. This isn't just a story about failed accounting practices.
     
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    I hate these fucking threads. It doesn't mean that trillions of dollars went missing. It means the accounting system for the DoD is garbage. Lots of errors in the article too.
     
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    This is what I'm thinking.

    That does leave a lot of room for abuse and negligent spending, knowing that there's no significant paper trail.
     
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    ndwolfwood Rue and Lament It

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    Classic government mismanagement.

    I guess when your only skillset is begging for money and power, you don't really have a grasp at how to control or use it.
     
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    Well its a good thing Murka is committed to giving even more money to them to lose.

    Pentagon gets zhitloads of money to lose and China keeps building more bases to threaten US hegemony. Sounds like a recipe for success.
     
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    I read it and what you're saying isn’t inconsistent with what I said. I think you may be reading some sort of defense of the pentagon in my post that was not intended.
     
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    Accounting isn't new. And what's "purported" when the adjustments are "unsubstantiated"?

    I hear you that the money probably wasn't embezzled. But it's still highly concerning and I'm more inclined to believe they are avoiding disclosure more than they simply can't keep track of a large portion of their expenditures. How do they set an appropriations budget?
     
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    My bad. I did think you were defending them.
     
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    The same people who 'lost' half a trillion in cash.

    A law needs to be enacted requiring ALL government funds to be stored and tracked on a distributed ledger that can then be publicly audited.
     
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    They blame trillions of dollars of mysterious spending on a “failure to correct system deficiencies”? That’s like me saying I had sex with 100,000 wild hairless aardvarks because I wasn’t looking where I was walking.

    {<jordan}

    We cant question the Pentagon. Surely theyre doing the right thing! Lets give em moar!!!
     
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    That's ok just cut SS, medicare, and foodstamps to make up the difference.
     
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    ...and you believe that? I would question the source. The Pentagon can account for every penny spent. A good chunk of that money going into the 'Black Operations' budget. Not even congress or the president know how that money is spent. Classified. The other part to pay for booze, hookers, and breast implants for the wife or girlfriend.
     
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