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Politics with Amy Walter: Pentagon's First-Ever Audit Exposes Massive Accounting Fraud

Published: December 5, 2018
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Source: wnycstudios.org

The military budget is at its highest level since World War II, but where exactly does all that money go and what wars are we even fighting these days? In this episode, Amy Walter finds out how much is being spent and how the money aligns with the military's strategic goals for the future of warfare. Plus, a look at how active duty service members feel about their commander-in-chief. And one retired colonel raises concerns about the way President Trump is politicizing the military. 

Guests:

Staff Sergeant Patricia King

Ambassador Eric Edelman

Dave Lindorff, an investigative reporter and a contributor to The Nation

Meghann Myers, a Senior Reporter for Army Times

Neta C. Crawford, Professor of Political Science, Boston University and co-director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University

Dr. Isaiah Wilson III, a retired Army colonel, and a senior lecturer with Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

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