Trillion Dollars? It's "Penta-gone"
Mashed articles by Pat Darnell | Dec 1, 2013 | Bryan TX
Op-Ed: How many bases does U.S. have globally and what is their cost?: "David Vine who teaches at American University in Washington D.C. who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Guardian, attempted to find out himself the cost of the more than 1,000 U.S. military bases outside of the United States and is currently completing a book on the subject."
'via Blog this'
MooPig Budget Department has been looking around for models to fashion its department around. The editors found this bit of malaise surrounding the US Military Budget. It is totally f**ked up, SNAFU, murky dismal. The military is our number one embezzler of taxpayer money. YIKES!
Safe to say, MooPig Budget Department won't be copying the Pentagon's creative accounting; or will we? If they can get away with it, hey, ....
" ... The Pentagon must each year produce an "Overseas Cost Summary" that calculates the total price on overseas military activities. This includes costs of construction, repairs and maintenance. There are about one million U.S. military and Defence Department personnel and families abroad. This calculation for the 2012 fiscal year ending September 30 documented $22.1 billion in spending. But that is only part of the story.
Congress conveniently ordered the Pentagon not to include the more than $118 billion spent in 2012 on wars in Afghanistan and other places throughout the globe. Even if you added this amount in, it does not come close to economist's Anita Danc's estimate of about $250 billion. Even without including war spending, Danc's estimate comes to about $ 140 billion, not even close to the Pentagon figures. (Ken Hanly. Dec 16, 2012. LINK) ... "