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How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops
10-11-2017, 01:05 PM,
How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops
How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I’m sure you’ve heard about the $65 million.&nbsp; Or was it $86 million?&nbsp; Or was it even more?&nbsp; You know, the funds the Pentagon sunk into that hotshot plane it was preparing for its Afghan drug interdiction program. You haven’t?</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Well, as Megan Rose <a href="">reported</a> at ProPublica, with its “electro-optical infra-red video capacity,” that counternarcotics plane was supposed to lend a significant hand in surveilling and disrupting the Afghan heroin trade. Only one small problem. That single plane never made it out of a warehouse in Delaware or flew a mission in Afghanistan, whatever its cost (which the Pentagon was typically incapable of tracking), and when it was recently offered for sale at auction, no one wanted to put down a red cent for it.&nbsp; And lest you think of that as a bizarre anomaly, consider, as Rose points out, the $3 million patrol boats for Afghanistan the Navy purchased that never made it out of Virginia or the 20 planes for the Afghan air force that the Pentagon spent a mere $486 million on, even though they never flew and finally brought in just $32,000 as scrap metal.&nbsp; Or think for a moment about the more than $65 billion (yep, billion!) that went into the <a href="">woeful</a>&nbsp;Afghan military, an inept force long mentored by the U.S. military that remains <a href="">filled with</a> “ghost soldiers” and plagued by soaring casualties and staggering <a href="">desertion rates</a>.&nbsp; Or since America’s war zones have, in these years, been sinkholes of corruption, just recall the <a href="">$43 million gas station</a> built by the Pentagon in the middle of an Afghan nowhere, or the similarly infamous “<a href="">highway to nowhere</a>,” or the state-of-the-art U.S. military headquarters in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, that doubled in cost to <a href="">$25 million</a> while under construction and was never used, or the $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion in cash that was somehow <a href="">stolen</a> from the U.S. in Iraq, which itself was just a drop in the bucket, given the <a href="">$60 billion</a> lost to waste and fraud in that particular morass of a war zone.&nbsp; And mind you, that’s just to start down a list of catastrophic “investments” in this country's wars.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">If you consider them in this fashion, don’t they start to seem like gigantic <a href=",_roads_to_nowhere,_ghost_soldiers,_and_a_$43_million_gas_station_in_afghanistan/">scam operations</a>? Yet, as <a href="">TomDispatch regular</a> William Hartung often makes clear at this site, all of that’s just icing on the cake. The real zone of corruption doesn’t lie in Afghanistan or Iraq but in a five-sided building in Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., where, as Hartung explains today, American taxpayer dollars disappear regularly into the coffers of various giant weapons-makers or into the pockets of their CEOs and top officials.&nbsp; War, it turns out, is the ultimate domestic scam and your tax dollars are its heart and soul. Worse yet, in a Washington endlessly riven by conflict, by the inability of more or less anyone to agree on anything, there is but one true bipartisan subject: the Pentagon. Into it, the representatives of both embattled parties couldn’t be happier or more <a href="">eager</a> to pour yet more money.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><a href=""><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Read the entire article</span></a>

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