Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Where Are We?

History gives about 200 to 400 years for an era.  Where are we?  That's the problem, we have no idea.  Sure, there are plenty of systems for spotting it, and they may be right, but then they have nothing to do with any given individual.  Yes, the Lushan rebellion marked the downward spiral for the T'ang dynsasty, but your Da Ming court official family may have been sent to Sichuan before the palace was sacked.  Who knows?

These count for something:
The Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up.
What is the significance?  Who knows?  First it is just credit.  They put it on the tab.  It means someone else (Boeing?  Blackwater? Apple? ISIS...  any of the USA contractors?) is owed that much by we taxpayers.

Second, following the first, were goods and services rendered?   Did some quartermaster buy 2000 iPhones to upgrade combat effectiveness, or to unload into Vietnam, and then make the invoice disappear into the computer system?  Or did he cut out the middleman and just redirect the funds (no iPhones delivered or actually ordered) into to his Philippines bank account, which everyone knows will not report "gambling win accounts" to Uncle Sam.

Why do we have black hole computer systems?   If the IG cannot control the computers, nor the army, then they cannot control who sees what.  I am sure our adversaries enjoy reading our budgets too, and realizing we have no idea what we've got.

This has got to be some sort of deep state move.  A $6.5 trillion unaccounted for (this does not mean missing, just nonsensical accounting) is something everyone at the top knows (I've heard about this before), but to release now in an election season says 1. You'll get more of this with Hillary, 2. Trump would demand an accounting.    Commander in Chief Trump could simply confine all concerned to quarters until their accounts were properly rectified.

And both candidates want more defense money.  Well, I know where the can start...  with $6.5 trillion unaccounted for.  When they have accounted for every dime of that, then they can start cutting, not increasing.

In fact, another way is to simply announce a 10% cut in military budget each year for the next three years.  Guess what?  Each division would account real quick for what they have fearing they might lose a toy or two.

And then this...
(CNN)In the most direct public warning to Moscow and Damascus to date, the new US commander of American troops in Iraq and Syria is vowing to defend US special operations forces in northern Syria if regime warplanes and artillery again attack in areas where troops are located.
Commander of American forcers in Syria?  Since when are we fighting in Syria?  Who declared war? When we learned in 1970 that Nixon had move some military assets into Cambodia, the nation erupted, riots everywhere, students killed by the military on campus...  and to day.... pffffft!  Who cares.  They knew what they were doing going to "all-volunteer" poverty draft.

Where are we now?  Who knows.

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