Apparently, Pentagon officials need to take some accounting courses. It seems that no one there understands the concept that you need to account for every dollar that you give out to contractors and others (well connected businessmen, campaign contributors, etc.).
Not being able to account for $15 billion is wholly unacceptable. Not only is this a poor business practice that screams, "Hey! We're corrupt!," it shows that the Pentagon is not able to run a shuffleboard tournament, let alone a war. (Which is somewhat scary considering the Pentagon is in the war business.) Avoiding the appearance of fraud and corruption is even more important for the government. The money you spend is not profits from lead tainted toys; it is from taxes taken from hard working citizens who deserve better. You have to account for every single penny.
In my mind, the worse part of the article is the end, which indicated we have spent about $492 billion on the Iraq war. For that kind of money, gasoline should be free, not an average of $3.87 a gallon. (We invaded for the oil, right?) To put that number in perspective, for that kind of money we could have given every homeless person in the United States (estimated at around 750,000) $656,000 to help them get back on their feet. Or we could give every single American $1,631.
I leave you with the question that has been on my mind for quite some time now. WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING???!!!!!
Stay thirsty my friends.