Rumsfeld VS the Military Industrial Complex
The day before 9/11, Donald Rumsfeld made a speech where he challenged an enemy closer to home than most might think: he called out the corrupt Pentagon Beuracracy. Apparently 2.3 trillion dollars had recently gone missing. Here’s the full speech:
The topic today is an adversary that poses a threat, a serious threat, to the security of the United States of America. This adversary is one of the world’s last bastions of central planning, governs by dictating 5 year plans. A single capital that it attempts to impose its command over time zones, continents, oceans, and beyond. With brutal consistency it stifles free thought and crushes new ideas, disrupts the defenses of the United States and places the lives of men and women in uniform at risk. Perhaps this adversary sounds like the Soviet Union, but that enemy is gone. Our foes are more subtle and implacable today.
You might think I’m describing the one of the last decrepit dictators in the world, but their day too is almost past and they cannot match the strength and size of this adversary. The adversary is closer to home, it’s the Pentagon bureaucracy. Not the people but the processes, not the civilians but the systems, not the men and women in uniform but the uniformity of thought and action that we too often impose on them. In this building, despite the era of scarce resources, taxed by amounting threats, money disappears into duplicative duties, bloated bureaucracy, not because of greed but gridlock. Innovation is stifled not by ill intent but institutional inertia….
We know the adversary, we know the threat. And with the same firmness with purpose that any effort against a determined adversary demands, we must get at it and stay at it. Some might ask me how in the world could the Secretary of Defense attack the Pentagon in front of its people. To them, I reply I have no desire to attack the Pentagon, I want to liberate it. We need to save it from itself. The men and women of this department, civilians and military are our allies, not our enemies. They too are fed up with bureaucracy. They too live with frustration, I hear it every day….
We are, as they say, tangled in our anchor chain. Our financial systems are decades old. According to some estimates, we cannot track 2.3 trillion dollars in transactions. We cannot share information from floor to floor in this building because it’s stored on dozens of different technological systems that are inaccessible or incomparable. We maintain 20-25 percent more base infrastructure than we need to support our forces. At an annual waste to tax payers of some 3-4 billion dollars. Fully half of our resources go to infrastructure and overhead and in addition to draining resources from war fighting, these costly and outdated systems, procedures, and programs stifle innovation as well.Donald Rumsfeld, https://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4623026/user-clip-donald-rumsfeld-speech
Donald Rumsfeld would reiterate in another interview that same day that he didn’t know where the 2.3 trillion dollars had disappeared to.
And, indeed, as you know, sometimes you need to invest some money upfront to make savings. For example, we’re going to have to revamp our financial system so that we can actually understand what’s taking place. At the present time, the financial systems aren’t capable of tracking some 2.6 trillion dollars worth of transactions.Donald Rumsfeld, https://archive.defense.gov/Transcripts/Transcript.aspx?TranscriptID=1907
In the Interview, Lou Dobbs asks how Secretary Rumsfeld might handle any “pushback”.
Dobbs: As you know, Mr. Secretary, Time magazine, other publications, have basically pronounced your efforts to overhaul the Pentagon and to eliminate the bureaucracy as already defeated.
Dobbs: Do you want to comment on those early forecasts?
Rumsfeld: Well, you know, if you’re not — if you’re doing something, somebody’s not going to like it. And there’s no question but that when you set out to take an enormous bureaucracy like this and to try to bring it into the 21st century, there are going to be a lot of people who are not going to like it because it’s going to affect their circumstances. But you know, that’s the way it is in life. We’re just going to plow ahead. If there’s a struggle, so be it. We’re ready for it.
The next day 9/11 literally happened and the Twin Towers went down.
The Military Industrial Complex Eats Trillions
The Pentagon only performed one independent audit in its brief history. And it failed. So. Where’s all the money? This is enough money to move the world. Or change it for the worse, depending on who’s got it. The Pentagon won’t say. But Pentagon officials refused to let the independent audit finish. For National Security reasons, of course.
During the audit process Pentagon officials became concerned that the audit would reveal potentially sensitive information. Several months after beginning the audit, the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) posted a new document, which recommended that the government be allowed to misstate and move funds in order to hide expenditures if it is deemed necessary for national security purposes.Forbes, https://www.forbes.com/sites/kotlikoff/2019/01/09/holding-u-s-treasuries-beware-uncle-sam-cant-account-for-21-trillion/#29ffdb697644
2.3 trillion may be nowhere close to the money that’s disappeared from the Pentagon. According to one Department of Defense Analyst, Franklin C. Spinney, the Pentagon regularly cooks their books and makes it nearly impossible to track much of their spending.
Those numbers are pie in the sky. The books are cooked routinely year after year.Franklin C. Spinney, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-war-on-waste/
One former Admiral even pointed out how there was probably $48 billion lying around the Pentagon in “loose change”.
With good financial oversight we could find $48 billion in loose change in that building, without having to hit the taxpayers.”Vice Admiral Jack Shanahan, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-war-on-waste/
There’s the question asked in Oliver Stone’s film JFK: Why did it happen? Who benefitted? Who has the power to cover it up? Let’s apply this to 9/11:
Why did it happen? 2.6 trillion dollars
Who benefitted? Whoever had the 2.6 trillion dollars
Who has the power to cover it up? The people with 2.6 trillion dollars.
This all certainly answers the age old questions. Because in the end, who benefited from 9/11? Whoever got away with stealing 2.3 trillion dollars. Probably much more by now. You must keep in mind that Rumsfeld announced his plan to overhaul the Pentagon way before his speech was given. In other words, there was plenty of time before the events of 9/11 to plan shit. After all, when you announce a plan to go after missing money in the amount of 2.6 trillion, there will be, let’s say, a negative reaction towards such a plan. In this case. Whether there was a plan or not, something big coincidently materialized the day after Rumsfeld gave his speech. Are you too stupid to see what’s going on here? I hope not. Open your fucking eyes.