The Pentagon has reportedly lost track of a mind-boggling $10 Trillion, funded by taxpayers, and no one knows where it was spent. Corruption in the past regime is beyond belief, and the more you dig into it the more you find. In 1996, audits of all federal agencies became mandatory, but as it appears, Pentagon made itself an exception. Trump’s administration is certainly not to blame for Pentagon’s lack of fiscal responsibility. Although previous administrations pointed it out, there seem to be unforeseen circumstances that block attempts at reform.
“Over the last 20 years, the Pentagon has broken every promise to Congress about when an audit would be completed,” Rafael DeGennaro, director of Audit the Pentagon, told the Guardian recently.
Well, that seems to be rather frightening if you ask me. Considering that during Obama’s administration we learned of scandals such as “Fast and Furious” and that Hillary Clinton armed ISIS. Officials with the Government Accountability Office and Office of the Inspector General have noted financial disparities at the Pentagon for years.
Republican representative for Texas Michael Burgess, co-sponsor of the Audit the Pentagon Act had this to say. “Quite frankly, they should have been audit-ready decades ago, after Congress passed the initial audit law in the early 90s, people have accepted that the Department of Defense is expensive and that that’s how business has to be done. But I don’t accept that.”