Items tagged with: Warmongering
Warmonger-in-chief vetoes bill to end participation in Yemeni civil war
Mr. Drumpf vetoed the measure Tuesday. Congress lacks the votes to override him. "This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future," Mr. Drumpf wrote in explaining his veto.What? This doesn't make sense anywhere, neither in the beginning, nor in the end. First of all, the greatest threats to US citizens occurs once they step on S.A.'s or Yemen's soil, because then, they could easily end up in the crosshairs of any side. Secondly, your Constitutional authority, as you call it, should be combined with a certain amount of intelligence that leads to the decision that any contribution to this war, especially on S.A.'s side, is not going to end it, but only fuel an ongoing genocide. Do you even know what you vetoed?
Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, voted to end U.S. military assistance to the war, saying the humanitarian crisis in Yemen triggered "demands moral leadership."
Kaine accused Mr. Drumpf of turning a blind eye to Khashoggi's killing and the jailing of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia. "I hope my colleagues will show we won't tolerate the Drumpf administration's deference to Saudi Arabia at the expense of American security interests by voting to override this veto," Kaine said.
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On the Dept. Of Defense's gigantic spending fraud
DoD has literally been making up numbers in its annual financial reports to Congress—representing trillions of dollars’ worth of seemingly nonexistent transactions—knowing that Congress would rely on those misleading reports when deciding how much money to give the DoD the following year, according to government records and interviews with current and former DoD officials, congressional sources, and independent experts.The question is: Where does the moeny go once they plugged it? Do they put it in their own pockets, or do they spend it somewhere else? So far, until this point, this question hasn't been answered, or I skipped the part in which it was answered, or overread it superficially.
The fraud works like this. When the DoD submits its annual budget requests to Congress, it sends along the prior year’s financial reports, which contain fabricated numbers. The fabricated numbers disguise the fact that the DoD does not always spend all of the money Congress allocates in a given year. However, instead of returning such unspent funds to the US Treasury, as the law requires, the Pentagon sometimes launders and shifts such moneys to other parts of the DoD’s budget.
“They’re making up the numbers and then just asking for more money each year,” Spinney told The Nation. The funds the Pentagon has been amassing over the years through its bogus bookkeeping maneuvers “could easily be as much as $100 billion,” Spinney estimated.
He believes that similar tricks are being used today to fund secret programs, possibly including US Special Forces activity in Niger. That program appears to have been undertaken without Congress’s knowledge of its true nature, which only came to light when a Special Forces unit was ambushed there last year, resulting in the deaths of four US soldiers.Oh, ok. But it seems to be unknown, though. He only believes that such secret activity is being funded, but has no evidence whatsoever.
“I wondered how you could possibly get those kinds of adjustments out of a $122 billion budget,” Skidmore recalled. “I thought, initially, ‘This is absurd!’ And yet all the [Office of Inspector General] seemed to do was say, ‘Here are these plugs.’ Then, nothing. Even though this kind of thing should be a red flag, it just died. So we decided to look further into it.”Just check how old the article already is. But did anything happen subsequent to the article's publishing, and intergovernmental actions to stop this absurd madness of fraud? Nope, nothing happened. The administrative work simply continued, as if nothing had happened.
Although OIG audit reports in previous years were always made available online without restriction or censorship, this particular report suddenly appeared in heavily redacted form—not just the numbers it contained, but even its title! Only bureaucratic sloppiness enabled one to see that the report concerned Navy finances: Censors missed some of the references to the Navy in the body of the report, as shown in the passages reproduced here.Talkin' 'bout transparency and capability...
So here’s the situation: We have a Pentagon budget that a former DOD internal-audit supervisor, Jack Armstrong, bluntly labels “garbage.” We have a Congress unable to evaluate each new fiscal year’s proposed Pentagon budget because it cannot know how much money was actually spent during prior years. And we have a Department of Defense that gives only lip service to fixing any of this. Why should it? The status quo has been generating ever-higher DoD budgets for decades, not to mention bigger profits for Boeing, Lockheed, and other military contractors.
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My #Pluspora account was locked for 3 days because of posting this article:
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