For one year, the Department of Defense has known that the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform in the US House of Representatives would be conducting an audit to try to discover what happened to billions of dollars that the Pentagon gave away without making any records of where the money was going. For weeks now, military leaders have known that a congressional hearing on the subject of that audit would be held today, at which they would be asked to explain where the missing money went.
Right now, that hearing is in session. No one from the Department of Defense is there to testify.
The Pentagon refused to send anyone to testify.
Representative Henry Waxman, the chair of the committee, calls the military’s refusal to submit to the constitutional authority of Congress to oversee the activities of the Executive Branch, including the Department of Defense, “regrettable”.
I see no signs of regret on the part of the Department of Defense. They have, according to the most recent estimates, taken 15 billion dollars of public money and given it out to nobody knows who for nobody knows what purposes. The military and the Bush White House have been shameless in their campaign of spending and secrecy.