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While this VA report may call the jump in young veteran suicides an ‘urgent crisis,’ it unfortunately seems to be a crisis with no end in sight until the country is finally forced to reckon with its dark legacy of regime-change wars and military occupations around the world.”

$21 trillion of Pentagon financial transactions between 1998 and 2015 could not be traced, documented, or explained.

The long-awaited, Congressionally mandated Department of Defense audit has been concluded. The results of this first of its kind audit (though mandated to be done annually by law) are an outrage.

Read more and find more posts on this topic in our America’s Defense Spending and DoD Cost Control categories.

The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit, our newest repost (this one from the April 2019 issue of Rolling Stone), has an even more in-depth look at some of the reasons for the “lost” $21M.” In the future we will add more to the Department of Defense Cost Control category in which it appears, so come back and look for more on this important topic.

The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit (including a personal experience)

The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit (including a personal experience) When the Defense Department flunked its first-ever fiscal review, one of our government’s greatest mysteries was exposed: Where does the DoD’s $700 billion annual budget go? By Matt Taibbi March 17,...

Graft in the Military

Graft in the Military While in Officer Training School I applied for a position as an Ethics Review Officer. Considering recent revelations, it’s probably a good thing I didn’t get that post. ~ Don Chapin • The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed  As reported...

Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed

On November 15, Ernst & Young and other private firms that were hired to audit the Pentagon announced that they could not complete the job. Congress had ordered an independent audit of the Department of Defense, the government’s largest discretionary cost center—the Pentagon receives 54 cents out of every dollar in federal appropriations—after the Pentagon failed for decades to audit itself. The firms concluded, however, that the DoD’s financial records were riddled with so many bookkeeping deficiencies, irregularities, and errors that a reliable audit was simply impossible.

Failed Pentagon Audit Reveals $21 Trillion Scandal

Vox “journalist” Matthew Yglesias tried to push this idiotic justification: “The Pentagon’s accounting errors are genuinely enormous, but they’re also just accounting errors—they don’t represent actual money that can be spent on something else.”
Sorry, but no. These are not “accounting errors.” It’s impossible to have trillions of dollars of “accounting errors.” … I’ll let Laurence Kotlikoff at Forbes answer this:
“Let’s recall that this is not simply a matter of boring accounting. Trillions in unaccounted outlays, if that’s what’s involved here, is trillions of our tax dollars being spent without our knowledge. If that’s the case, we’re talking about the biggest government financial deception in the history of the country.”

Costs of War – Estimates through FY 2019

Costs of War United States Budgetary Costs of the Post-9/11 Wars Through FY2019: $5.9 Trillion Spent and Obligated Neta C. Crawford, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Boston University and Co-Director of the Costs of War Project at Brown...

Will Pentagon Audit Lead to Missing Money?

Once again, the pentagon can’t account for vast sums of taxpayer dollars – $6.5 trillion. Detailing the specifics of waste or even graft that has transpired inside the military- industrial-security complex is a task that could get an investigator killed. The biggest cash cow is wrapped in the flag and exists within a culture where mere scrutiny lays open charges of being unpatriotic.

Pentagon Fails to Account for $21 Trillion

Repost of “The Pentagon Can’t Account for $21 Trillion (That’s Not a Typo)” by Lee Camp , May 14, 2018 on TD originals

US Military Spending Still Makes China, Russia Look Small

US Military Spending Still Makes China, Russia Look Small: Repost of original article by Rob Garver, May 1, 2017—Between 2007 and 2016, China increased the amount it spends on defense each year by 118 percent to $215 billion. Russia increased its military spending by 87 percent to $69.2 billion…They still spend less than half of what the Pentagon gets from U.S. taxpayers every year

Half of our Tax Money Goes down the Rabbit Hole of Military Spending

Half (?) of our Tax Money Goes down the Rabbit Hole of Military Spending
Inspiring original article By Philip A Farruggio, Global Research, December 05, 2017 at

Foreign Military Bases

Repost: The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History…And it’s doing us more harm than good. By David Vine, September 14, 2015

The Black Budget – UPDATED

The Black Budget. This Is What The ‘Secret Government’ Doesn’t Want You To Know Arjun Walia June 29, 2016 My last job while still in uniform...

Military Personnel on Food Stamps

Military Personnel on Food Stamps: This question came up in many non-MSM publications and even in military papers as a direct result of Trump’s insistence on his ego-enhancing parade. While the topic of military personnel on food stamps was an “image” problem even in my early enlisted days in the late 1950’s, I had assumed…

Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction by the U.S.

As U.S. citizens, we often think of ourselves as belonging to a high-road nation, one dedicated to “doing the right thing,” whatever that might be. Additionally, while one might think that global superpower status should also denote a degree of “high road” morality—particularly because we are “citizens of the United States of America” and that we are looking out for and guarding against the Saddam Husseins of the world—this is simply not true.

Reality, however, is not quite as simplistic. In looking at weapon systems that can be easily classified as weapons of mass destruction and at our country’s position on the manufacture and use of these weapons, it becomes quite apparent that, no matter which political party is “in charge” in Washington, the manufacture, sale and even the use of these weapons is heavily protected by the powers that be in our government. Eisenhower’s famous lines about the military-industrial complex in his farewell address has proven to be very true. And General Smedley D. Butler’s 20-20 hindsight from 1935 (War is a Racket) observations about U.S. wars in which he had participated as being for economic reasons, not ideologies, have apparently not changed since his time.

Please read the posts in the Weapons of Mass Destruction category of our blog. There we have shared posts that describe various types of WMD. We also repost newer particles about current usage from which you can learn a LOT about what you’re getting yourself into. Additionally, this link relates one of my own personal experiences with a SUPER WMD.

Military Environmental Contamination

Today, in Dec. 2018, I’m aware of four ex-USAF Air Police (APs) , ex-waste pit guards, who were stationed with me at Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico. Two of them have died from bladder cancer and the two remaining have been diagnosed with the same malady. The base has been designated as an environmental clean-up zone. Toxic waste was being indiscriminately discarded, but requiring AP guards before the base was decommissioned. However, the VA doesn’t recognize the commonality of the systems, despite that situation. An Agent Orange situation all over again, but one in which the victims don’t have the resources or life expectancy to take the situation to court.

Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico: Hazardous waste that I personally know of includes hundreds of used trichlorethelene and toluene wipes. Many of these would also have had particles of plutonium from cleaning plutonium spheres used in the nuclear weapons of the day.

In Kansas (McConnell Air Force Base) I cleaned a spalling sphere from a “training” Mk 6 Mod 6 weapon. This means there were a LOT of plutonium particles in the waste. I know the people in charge had no idea how poisonous it was because of the casual attitude they expressed when I had said it was spalling badly and the facility had no protective gear.

The bottom line is that ANY military base leaves a contaminated waste area behind~ Don Chapin, Capt. USAF, Ret’d, ex-nuclear weapons electronics technician/team chief


Read more in our new Military Environmental Contamination category.

Mining company leaves taxpayers with a $100 million cleanup bill—one of many

Mining Leaves Taxpayers Cleanup Bill The DoD is counting on tRump's proclivity to abandon environmental protections... a topic that the mining industries are well versed in. Mining leaves taxpayers a cleanup bill that's beyond incredible, and the military's...

Pentagon Pushes for Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water

Pentagon Pushes for Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water: REPOST of NYT article by Eric Lipton and Julie Turkewitz, March 14, 2019

Addressing Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)

This lengthy briefing document is evidence that the Department of Defense is now VERY much aware of the environmental degradation they are causing with PFOS and PFOA chemicals (and others), even in Germany. So what are they going to do about it… leave it to tRump’s administration science deniers??

An Empire of Bases Poisons Water, Threatening Its Own Collapse

An Example   There may be many more victims if we don't act. Click the picture above to help. PFAS chemicals cause frequent miscarriages and other severe pregnancy complications. They contaminate human breast milk and sicken breast-feeding babies. PFAS contribute...

DoD & U.S. Courts Do Not Support Enlistees’ Claims

Reposts from – USSC Rejects Veterans’ Appeal, Navy Denies Veterans’ Camp LeJeune Claims

Action Needed to Address US Military PFAS Contamination

Action Needed to Address the US Military’s (PFAS) Contamination(s) This ONE article about Pease Air Force Base is only a symptom of a MUCH LARGER problem, as I mention below. ~Don Chapin Derrick Z. Jackson, fellow | September 25, 2018, 9:30 am EST...

American Imperialism

Hands Off Venezuela: Historic Stance at the United Nations against US Imperialism: One ‘advantage’ to Trump’s extremely weak international standing seems to be a global resistance to American Imperialism & Aggression.

Putting American global dominance in perspective, American imperialism, as depicted in these non-MSM articles, has brought out the best in globally-inspiring ideals, the worst in behavior (but typical of imperialism, with a dominant military), with a typical ‘decay from within’ scenario, driven by the tRump administration.

Unlike the sensation seeking so-called “reporters” that got tRump elected, the articles in this section were written independent of Main Stream Media (MSM) controls but also independent of each other. However, they all point to the same hidden-from-public-view problem of the Grand-Canyon-wide gap between America’s highly commendable, spiritually-oriented ideals and actual practices around the globe in the name of “defense.” These authors all point, individually and independently, to the old adage that “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely,” and the U.S. has been THE absolute global power since WWII.

American Aggression

“Does it really matter any longer what leader is in charge of the United States? Has there even been a president dedicated to living in peace with the world since that country was founded? Not one. It is long past time to ask why this or that American regime wants war here, there and everywhere. The problem lies much deeper in the American psychology; for we can say that nations have a psychology, a manner of general behaviour and thinking, arising from their history and culture. I will leave that for political philosophers, sociologists and psychologists to examine but the existential fact is the world is faced with a threat to its survival and that threat is the United States of America.” ~ Christopher Black, an international criminal lawyer based in Toronto. This quote appeared in his article, “American Aggression: A Threat To The World.”

Read the posts below, from the American Imperialism and Aggression category on the Military Truth blog, to get you started. There is much more in this category to explore!

Combat Obscura: Excerpts from ‘A Veteran’s War Movie Sheds Damning Light on How the Marines Fight in Afghanistan’ interview

Combat Obscura:Excerpts from ‘A Veteran’s War Movie Sheds Damning Light on How the Marines Fight in Afghanistan’ interview by Camille Baker, April 7, 2019,  Follow the link to read the...

Jimmy Carter: US is the most warlike nation in history of the world

The only US president to complete his term without war, military attack or occupation has called the United States “the most warlike nation in the history of the world.” Carter then referred to the US as “the most warlike nation in the history of the world,” a result, he said, of the US forcing other countries to “adopt our American principles.”

Smedley Butler and the 1930s Plot to Overthrow the President

Smedley Butler and the 1930s Plot to Overthrow the President: REPOST of article detailing a 1930s plot to overthrow the US President and install a fascist government.

America Aggression: A Threat To The World

REPOST: America Aggression: A Threat To The World, by Christopher Black, Global Research, April 17, 2017, New Eastern Outlook. Excellent article that goes into deep detail.

The US Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People

REPOST: The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, And it’s doing us more harm than good by David Vine for The Nation

9/11: The Beginning of the End of the US Empire Project

REPOST: Any pretense that the US intended to seek justice or increase world stability via its so-called War on Terror has been dramatically overshadowed by increased global resentment toward the US, which has in fact generated more terror attacks around the world. It is precisely this legacy that continues today: ongoing US military violence abroad, increased domestic surveillance and repression at home, and a world more violent and less safe for all.

Hands Off Venezuela: Historic Stance at the United Nations against US Imperialism

REPOST: In a spectacular display of solidarity and strength, envoys from such distant capitals as Beijing and Havana, Moscow and Tehran, Pyongyang and Caracas, Damascus and Managua and numerous other states stood together, side by side, in front of the United Nations Security Council, declaring their determination to protect the UN Charter and International Law, and hold sacrosanct the sovereignty and inviolability of each member state.

Military Coups, Regime Change…The CIA Has Interfered In Over 81 Foreign Elections

That number doesn’t include military coups and regime change efforts following the election of candidates the U.S. didn’t like…

The Great Con of American Patriotism

A joint interview with a Vietnam-war Marine sergeant and a West Point-educated Army Major of the Iraq & Afghanistan wars. Not what you might expect! ~ Don Chapin

The History of America’s Secret Wars

The History of America’s Secret Wars: Corporate Espionage and the Outsourcing of National Security By Greg Guma, Global Research, June 14, 2013 Url of this article:

REPOST: Malaysia Files Charges Against Goldman Sachs in 1MDB Probe

One country fights back at Wall Street… when will others catch on?

Ecuador Enters New Neoliberal Era

This article reinforces the statements made in my Editorial, dtd. July 4, 2018 and in “Confessions of An Economic Hit Man” by John Perkins. ~ Don Chapin

Atrocities and War Crimes

Imperialism leads to aggression, particularly with the “us and them” mentality taught in basic training, whether enlisted or officer.

Read more here. Visit this topic on our blog for more articles on this subject.



In the section below are links to more information on pages on this website and topics in our blog. Many of these also have links to excellent resources and more information from other websites and sources. Read BEFORE enlisting so you can make an informed decision:

Could You be a Conscientious Objector (CO)?

Yes, draft registration requirements are still on the books! Men 18 through 25 years of age (despite the fact that medical science has confirmed the brain has yet to reach full growth at this age) are REQUIRED by law (within 30 days of their 18th birthday) to register with the selective service system. In a hawk-driven government, it is easy to re-start that process (PDF File, 36 K), so… (Read More in this post)

And if you think you have what it takes to be a whistleblower, you might want to read the posts in our Whistleblowers category:

Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced

Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced between 2013 and 2018, per the DoD Inspector General. REPOST of Truthdig article by Lee Camp

Smedley Butler and the 1930s Plot to Overthrow the President

Smedley Butler and the 1930s Plot to Overthrow the President: REPOST of article detailing a 1930s plot to overthrow the US President and install a fascist government.

US Intelligence Shuts Down Damning Report on Whistleblower Retaliation

A top watchdog investigated 190 cases of alleged retaliation against whistleblowers—and found that intelligence bureaucrats only once ruled in favor of the whistleblower.

Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 5

Whistleblowers - Betrayers? Part 5 It’s Time to Let Edward Snowden Come Home By John Cassidy, June 3, 2015 The President and others have praised the U.S.A. Freedom Act, but haven’t mentioned the blindingly obvious fact that without Edward Snowden the law wouldn’t...

Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 4

Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 4: Article by John Cassidy about why the US government should let Edward Snowden come home.

Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 3

Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 3: This article by Hayley Tsukayama reports on Edward Snowden’s Google Maps entry for Edward’s Snow Den, at snowboarding shop located at the White House

Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 2

Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 2: This article by Charlie Savage reports about a declassified report that revealed doubts about the NSAs warrantless spying in 2015.

Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 1

Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 1: This document tells the story of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

Before You Enlist

Before you enlist, remember that the President of the United States would be your Commander In Chief and you would be, by the contract you sign, required to “obey all lawful orders” of those above you. Now, if you’re a typical high school graduate without an advanced law degree how do you know what is lawful and what is not? Just think of having to carry out the orders of someone of Trump’s obviously low caliber. If that in itself doesn’t make you think again, then read on.

Oh, the military hierarchy would know and not allow “unlawful” orders to be passed on? Better think again after going through much of what we present to you on this site. America has TREMENDOUSLY positive ideals which are presented to our citizenry and the rest of the world but, throughout our history (a history not taught in our schools), human, non-idealistic practices have made us into a global imperialistic power.

Back to the “military would intervene” concept. Yes, there is that possibility, that enough high-ranking officers within the Department of “Defense” (as it is now officially called, instead of the original and more accurate Department of War) have retained their innate sense of right and wrong after a career of military politics, but how many? Read “Graft in the Military” for a quick personal story.

Further, would they be safe from prosecution if they spoke up? The US Supreme Court, Department of Defense and Congress say No,  military retirees can be court-martialed for crimes committed AFTER their retirement. Even “contemptuous words” uttered by a commissioned officer “against the president, the vice president, Congress” and others is punishable by court-martial. Are you sure you can keep your opinions to yourself for the rest of your life with a clear conscience?

What Does This Mean For You?

Politics in the commissioned officer military is just as important for advancement as it is in the ‘outside/civilian’ world. Ergo, follow the orders, whatever they may be, or play the politics. In the enlisted ranks, technical-level tests (particularly in the Navy and USAF), achievements, and education—as well as some politics—are keys to advancement.

Also, know that the nature of warfare is constantly changing. From the guerilla warfare our farmer-soldiers—used against the British and German forces in our own Revolution and successfully used against us in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan—to the drones and Special Forces assassination squads we use today, the nature, technology and practice of killing others is constantly changing (i.e. becoming increasingly efficient). What hasn’t changed, long before and since then, is what Major General Smedley Butler wrote about back in the 1930s in his book, “War Is A Racket.” (Link to post with downloadable version of Butler’s book)

Understand, as you choose to browse among the categories offered, we cannot include all the references we’ve used through the years simply because there are FAR too many and there simply isn’t enough room. However, here is one brief yet important article you really should read from our sister site,, whether you are deciding whether or not to enlist or you already have: A Spiritual Directive, Avoid Giving Away Your Spiritual Power.

First Hand Accounts

To get some first-hand accounts of a soldier’s life in Iraq and Afghanistan, look up No direct link because it has been taken over by the DoD, just as many references to similar blogs about nuclear accidents/incidents such as I experienced. Here is the most recent snapshot of the site available at the Internet Archive. For a time the author had a Twitter account, which has also been taken over by the military itself, but there is much from it also available through the Internet Archive.

Military Truth About Recruitment

by Joel Andreas, the author of the cartoon booklet “Addicted to War”

Military Truth - Military Recruiting - a truth cartoon by Frank Dorrel,

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What You Don't Know About ROTC

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Safeguard Young Adults From Military Recruitment

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