AOC is right Fox & Rush Limbaugh are wrong. The Pentagon misplaced $21 TRILLION! AOC did not misspeak or “lie” and yes, $21 Trillion is a valid number, no matter how insane it sounds. It comes from a July 26, 2016, report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) called “Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported”.
The Nation Magazine did a long article on this topic and AOC was probably quoting from that or a similar source, because this is not a new number and crazy as it may seem, it is NOT fake news. From the article: “In all, at least a mind-boggling $21 trillion of Pentagon financial transactions between 1998 and 2015 could not be traced, documented, or explained, concluded Skidmore. To convey the vastness of that sum, $21 trillion is roughly five times more than the entire federal government spends in a year. It is greater than the US Gross National Product, the world’s largest at an estimated $18.8 trillion. And that $21 trillion includes only plugs that were disclosed in reports by the Office of Inspector General, which does not review all of the Pentagon’s spending.” https://www.thenation.com/article/pentagon-audit-budget-fraud/
So her numbers were accurate. They have been out for more than a year and AOC was probably quoting the recent The Nation Magazine article… because on top of everything else she reads. I’m not for censorship but I sure do wish there was an intelligent and honest radio program that got as much nationwide coverage as Rush Limbaugh 🙁 The level of stupid disinformation being spread by both right-wing talk radio shows and Fox News is mind-numbing.
Forbes Magazine also did an article on this topic that back in 2017