Monday, April 14, 2008

Missing Since January 2001

  1. 4 airplanes
  2. 2 towers
  3. 3000+ American citizens
  4. 4000+ American soldiers
  5. Scores of thousands of Iraqis
  6. Osama Bin Laden
  7. Ayman Al Zawahiri
  8. WMD
  9. An historic Southern city
  10. An 85 year old investment brokerage
  11. One third of the value of a dollar
  12. $1.50/gallon gas
  13. $25 per barrel crude oil
  14. Half a million American family homes
  15. 3.2 million jobs
  16. Integrity, competence and personal accountability among our public servants
  17. The economy of the richest nation in history.
Had enough?

1 comment:

Greg Bacon said...

And, several trillion dollars of our money:

(CBS) On Sept. 10, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declared war. Not on foreign terrorists, "the adversary's closer to home. It's the Pentagon bureaucracy," he said.

He said money wasted by the military poses a serious threat.

"In fact, it could be said it's a matter of life and death," he said.

Rumsfeld promised change but the next day – Sept. 11-- the world changed and in the rush to fund the war on terrorism, the war on waste seems to have been forgotten.

Just last week President Bush announced, "my 2003 budget calls for more than $48 billion in new defense spending."

More money for the Pentagon, CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales reports, while its own auditors admit the military cannot account for 25 percent of what it spends.

"According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions," Rumsfeld admitted.

$2.3 trillion — that's $8,000 for every man, woman and child in America. To understand how the Pentagon can lose track of trillions, consider the case of one military accountant who tried to find out what happened to a mere $300 million.

"We know it's gone. But we don't know what they spent it on," said Jim Minnery, Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

Minnery, a former Marine turned whistle-blower, is risking his job by speaking out for the first time about the millions he noticed were missing from one defense agency's balance sheets. Minnery tried to follow the money trail, even crisscrossing the country looking for records.

"The director looked at me and said 'Why do you care about this stuff?' It took me aback, you know? My supervisor asking me why I care about doing a good job," said Minnery.

He was reassigned and says officials then covered up the problem by just writing it off.

Source: CBS News

Gosh, was Rumsfeld lucky or what? Gee, just think the grilling he might have got by the press if those planes hadn't slammed into the WTC the very next day.

Boy, is that luck or what?