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$2.3 trillion missing

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25% of Pentagon spending can't be accounted for

Take away line: The director looked at me and asked: "Why do you care about this stuff?"

"The books are cooked routinely year after year after year."

For a point of references, the GDP of the entire United States in the year 2000 was $10.5 trillion total.

$2.3 trillion is a sum so large it makes up 25 cents out of every dollar spent in the entire country in the year 2000.

And then 9/11 came and the story just went away...