Waste at the Pentagon is nothing new. But recent revelations suggest that it may be reaching historic levels.
The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction has uncovered scandal after scandal involving U.S. aid to that country, including the creation of private villas for a small number of personnel working for a Pentagon economic development initiative and a series of costly facilities that were never or barely used. An analysis by ProPublica puts the price tag for wasteful and misguided expenditures in Afghanistan at $17 billion, a figure that is higher than the GDP of 80 nations.
But that would mean that when people commit fraud, they get punished. And since the VA can't even stick to the punishment for the people who jacked $400k from them, I don't see that happening any time soon.
Although Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens are excellent reasons why the VA needs to be dismantled and turned over to a private company.