The Nation: Overselling the Pentagon

Cost overruns are so familiar by now that they hardly raise eyebrows any more. Indeed, Mark Twain once described a congressional appropriation as nothing more than a nest egg to attract further appropriations. But even the most hardened observers of military-accounting practices could not resist a smile when the General Accounting Of ice revealed last week that the Pentagon, while proudly remaining within its handsome public-relations budget of $28 million a year, has actually been spending millions more on such p.r. projects as formation-flying teams, marching bands, military museums and base tours....

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