- On September 10, 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
admitted that the Pentagon had lost, by the estimate he chose to use for
his speech, 2.3 trillion dollars. Many of you good readers know about this,
and are asking where the money went. That's a good question, but what really
intrigues me is:
- Where did it come from?
- If you add up the entire US defense budgets from 1996
to 2001, you only come up with circa 1.6 trillion. Yet, according to Rummy,
not only was that much money lost, but an ADDITIONAL 700 BILLION dollars
has disappeared. Remember, we're talking about 2.3 trillion dollars "missing."
- Exact figures very by source, but are close to each other,
so I'll deal in round numbers. To come up with 2.3 trillion dollars of
military spending, you have to add up all the defense budgets from about
1991 to 2001. For all those years, the Pentagon spent hundreds of billions
and didn't get a single receipt, didn't account for a single dime? Not
possible, and no one's claiming that it happened. The missing money was
part of some budget, but it's a number bigger than the defense budgets
we're to believe it's a "part" of, so it was a part of some OTHER
budget, one we don't know about.
- 1996 through 2001 is a lot of years for the Government
Accounting Office (GAO) to fail to notice that the entire defense budget
went missing. I don't believe they did fail to notice it, because the missing
money wasn't on the books to begin with. It couldn't have been; it's more
money than we gave them.
- This is not an accounting error. We know the soldiers
and sailors got paid, the tanks and planes got bought, and the missiles
got purchased, because the companies that made them cashed the checks,
and the banks issued statements showing that the money went out and to
whom it went. We know that most of that money got properly accounted for,
because the GAO and OMB have been checking figures, making recommendations
for savings, etc., and would have spotted a gap of any real size. We also
suspect the usual drugs, cars, mansions, and hookers of all ages and sexes.
But all these only add up to the official hundreds of billions, not the
missing thousands of billions.
- Most of the missing money could never have been part
of a defense budget, and could not have come from our government. It had
to have come from someone else, someone who MUST want the Pentagon to do
something for them. Nobody gives gifts that big but God.
- So, just who hired the Pentagon to do whatever they hired
it to do? Who wrote those checks? What are they paying for? When do they
expect it? Who is its target? How can we put a stop to this blatant prostitution?
- I have no answers, but I can narrow the list: not many
people outside the Federal Reserve owners have access to that kind of money.
And not many people beside the Federal Reserve owners want to use the American
military and its loyal, devoted troops to bend the world to their will.
- Come to think of it, NO ONE outside the Federal Reserve
owners meets those two criteria.
- You can't change the plantation, and there has never
been a successful peasant revolt throughout history.
- You can, however, leave the plantation, build a position
of strength, and then take the plantation from the slavers and run it according
to sane principles. I'm preparing to do exactly that. I think you should,
- Joshua Daniels has been a Consulting Business Analyst
for the past twelve years. More recently, he has been devoting his spare
time to developing a viable alternative to the rat race, and has succeeded.
Noticing little problems like this one are sort of a hobby for him.
- 2.3 trillion Missing Sept. 10, 2001 Donald Rumsfeld
- 2001 Highlights of the FY 2001 Request
- TOP LINE: The Administration is seeking $305.4 billion
in Budget Authority (BA) and $277.5 billion in Outlays for the military
and the defense functions of the Department of Energy. Budget Authority
over the entire Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP), which covers Fiscal Years
2001-2005, is nearly $1.6 trillion. The request for FY'01 is $4.9 billion
more than was proposed in last year's multi-year spending plan. In all,
planned spending for the FYDP ($1, 585.3 billion) is nearly $15 billion
more than last year's spending plan included for the same period.
- Highlights of the FY 2000 Request
- TOP LINE: The Administration is seeking $280.8 billion
in Budget Authority (BA) and $274.1 billion in Outlays for the military
and defense functions of the Department of Energy. Budget Authority over
the entire Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP), which covers FY 2000-2005
inclusive is nearly $1.9 trillion. In all, the budget request adds $12.6
billion in new spending for FY'00, and $112 billion to the Pentagon's budget
over the FYDP.
- 1999 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUDGET FOR FY 1999
- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen today released
details of President Clinton's Fiscal Year (FY) 1999 defense budget. It
requests $257.3 billion in budget authority and $252.6 billion in outlays
for the Department of Defense (DoD).
- 1998 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUDGET FOR FY 1998
- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen today released
details of President Clinton's Fiscal Year (FY) 1998 defense budget. The
FY 1998 budget begins implementation of the Administration's FY 1998-2003
Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). Both the budget and FYDP were developed
under the direction of outgoing Defense Secretary William J. Perry, before
Secretary Cohen was sworn into office on January 24. President Clinton's
FY 1998 budget requests $250.7 billion in budget authority and $247.5 billion
in outlays for the Department of Defense (DoD).
- Budget request: 254.4 billion
- Projected Spending: 258.7 billion
- The President's FY 1996 budget requests $246.0 billion
in budget authority and $250.0 billion in outlays for the Department of