Friday, September 23, 2005

"The Pentagon has no accurate knowledge of the cost of military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan or the fight against terrorism." This from a GAO report as cited in a truly astounding and maddening story in the Washington Post. The report states, ""Neither DOD nor Congress can reliably know how much the war is costing and details of how appropriated funds are being spent." DOD has reported spending nearly $200 bil. thus far on this war and yet according to the GAO it's not known how or where this money is being spent. Is it any wonder $8 bil. was widely reported as simply missing? How many more billions of taxpayer money is unaccounted for, money that could go to Katrina and Rita relief efforts? When will the GOP-controlled Congress seriously investigate this scandal -- one that is far more serious than the thoroughly-investigated UN oil-for-food scandal?

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