Monday, December 17, 2007

A Little Behind, Are We Jon?

Jon Gold comments over on 911 Blogger regarding the infamous missing $2.3 trillion:

Is The Missing $2.3 Trillion Really Missing?

Today, Jerry Mazza's story entitled, "Following Zakheim and Pentagon Trillions to Israel and 9-11" was re-posted on

In that article, Jerry states, "At that time he was unable to explain the disappearance of $1 trillion dollars. Actually, nearly three years earlier, Donald Rumsfeld announced on September 10, 2001 that an audit discovered $2.3 trillion was also missing from the Pentagon books."

On February 20th, 2002, Gerry J. Gilmore of the American Forces Press Service reported that, "DoD financial experts, Zakheim said, are making good progress reconciling the department's "lost" expenditures, trimming them from a prior estimated total of $2.3 trillion to $700 billion. And, he added, the amount continues to drop."

He is a bit behind on this though. I read this story over the weekend, but rampant anti-Semitism aside, it is hardly worth debunking. This $2.3 trillion story has been debunked so many times, it is not really worth our time. For God's sake, it has been in all 4 versions of Loose Change, including the supposedly undebunkable Loose Change: Final Cut, "fact checked" by David Ray Griffin, and it has been shown to be bogus for well over a year now. In fact the very article by Gerry Gilmore he mentions has been found on 911 Myths for quite some time now.

While I suppose I could give Jon some credit for pointing out truther mistakes, something which the average truther would rather die than do, he still fails to correct the impression that this had anything to do with Rumsfeld or Zakheim, a fact which has been proven on both 911 Myths and this blog for quite some time. This "missing money" was not "announced" by Rumsfeld, nor the result of the actions of anyone in the Bush Administration, it was in fact a problem that they inheirited from previous administrations, and were trying to address:


The Associated Press 03/03/00 5:44 PM Eastern

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The military's money managers last year made almost $7 trillion in adjustments to their financial ledgers in an attempt to make them add up, the Pentagon's inspector general said in a report released Friday. The Pentagon could not show receipts for $2.3 trillion of those changes, and half a trillion dollars of it was just corrections of mistakes made in earlier adjustments.

Gold does end with one bit of inadvertent honesty though:

I'm not defending Dov Zakheim, the Pentagon's inability to track billions of dollars, nor am I a "Zionist Mole for Larry Silverstein", however, if a "debunker" wanted to use this against us, it wouldn't be hard for them to do so, and make us look like fools.

Yes, I agree, it isn't hard to make you look like fools.

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