One wonders: will the anti-government conservatives rail against the colossal waste in the U.S. Department of Defense (as reported by the Commission on Wartime Contracting)? Doubtful.
Most often the argument against the federal government is focused on Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare, never about the military. I cannot recall a single conversation whereby the anti-government advocate was ever indignant about waste in the military.
From the Associated Press:
In its final report to Congress, the Commission on Wartime Contracting said the figure could grow as U.S. support for reconstruction projects and programs wanes, leaving both countries to bear the long-term costs of sustaining the schools, medical clinics, barracks, roads and power plants already built with American tax dollars.
Much of the waste and fraud could have been avoided with better planning and more aggressive oversight, the commission said. To avoid repeating the mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan, government agencies should overhaul the way they award and manage contracts in war zones, the commission recommended.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the commission's 240-page report in advance of its scheduled public release on Wednesday."