How the Arms Industry Scams the Taxpayer

Source: TomDispatch
by Julia Gledhill & William D. Hartung

“Congress has spoken when it comes to next year’s Pentagon budget and the results, if they weren’t so in line with past practices, should astonish us all. … If enacted, the Senate’s sum would push spending on the military to at least $850 billion annually, far more (adjusted for inflation) than at the height of the Korean or Vietnam wars or the peak years of the Cold War. U.S. military spending is, of course, astronomically high, more than that of the next nine countries combined. Here’s the kicker, though: the Pentagon (an institution that has never passed a comprehensive financial audit) doesn’t even ask for all those yearly spending increases in its budget requests to Congress. Instead, the House and Senate continue to give it extra tens of billions of dollars annually.” (09/11/22)