Where are the people who lost munitions with deadly inaccuracy?
If I were a very good businessman, and my right-hand man lost 190 weapons in a year, he would be fired. If my "business" lost 190 weapons in a year, we should be fired.
The Pentagon, U.S. military officials, the United States of America, lost 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols, 30 percent of the weapons we supplied to Iraqi forces for training and equipment ["Pentagon loses track of firearms sent to Iraq," Times page one, Aug. 6]. The amount of time it took to lose this many weapons is not relevant. It should never happen. Ever. You do not supply your enemies with weapons of any shape or form.
I've been told many times, "We are the good guys and they are the bad guys." Prove it. Who is responsible for losing that many weapons? I am an American. I deserve to know. We all deserve to know.
Who is responsible? They should not just be fired. Loss of 190,000 weapons is called treason.
— J.J, Lynnwood
So while we are giving up our civil liberties and can no longer bring water onto an airplane, the Pentagon has lost billions of dollars and almost 200,000 AK-47 assault rifles.
Is anyone feeling safer yet?
— K.D, Redmond
Equipped with silencers
Regarding "$998,798 paid for two 19-cent washers" [page one, Aug. 17]: As egregious as this example appears to be, only someone with bells on their feet would believe that the problem is limited to "a few bad apples" here. I have to believe that at some point the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Pentagon are going to close the lid on disclosure of these types of incidents.
The Republicans have done a fine job of subcontracting the "business of war" out to private industry, and in doing so they have created perhaps the largest government-funded boondoggle in history.
The real "cost" of waging war this way, and the related fraud, graft and corruption that has followed, is the price that the U.S. government (and the U.S. taxpayer) apparently has to pay in order to avoid the conclusion that but for throwing boatloads of cash at private contractors we would need larger armed forces, and likely need a draft.
With this much cash flying around, and without any real (read "independent") oversight, of course there is going to be fraud; the only real question is the degree of the fraud, and with the Pentagon (an arm of government) being both the fox and the chickens in this scenario, does anybody really believe it is going to tell us how badly we are being hosed?
— P.G, Edmonds