An article appeared in today's dead tree edition of my local newspaper which I suspect may foreshadow the next few years, especially now that Democrats control Congress.
Gates inherits money mess at PentagonRosenberg is reporting that the during Gates confirmation hearing it was evident that the Pentagon's budget woes are a bi-partisan concern shared by both Congress and the Executive office:
by Eric Rosenberg, Hearst Newspapers
Iraq isn't the only pressing issue Robert Gates will face when he becomes the 22nd U.S. defense secretary later this month.
High on his to-do list will likely be the enormous task of cleaning up the Pentagon's finances that outside auditors lambaste as so chaotic that no one knows how much money is being spent on defense at any given time.
Senator Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., told him that the White House's Office of Budget thinks the Pentagon's financial management systems are in such a mess "that independent auditors still cannot certify the accuracy of the financial statements."
"I'm interested in what plans you may have to address what appears to be a severe problem," she said.
Of course, financial responsibility and proper accounting are absolutely required of any government agency but Carl Levin's oversight of the Pentagon is not a comforting thought in today's world. Knowing what the Democrats have done to the U.S. intelligence community creates a lot doubt about what they will do to the Pentagon and its ability to project U.S. power into the "remote nations of the world."