The military is, together with intelligence/security services, in a unique position to rip taxpayers off their money. Astronomical amounts of money. As Henry Waxman said about cash shipments that vanished in the Iraq war, “the numbers are so large that it doesn’t seem possible that they’re true”.
Secrecy, impunity and propaganda creates a perfect environment to conceal crime and show a nice facade. The private sector is of course deeply involved, for example in corruption in the arms industry. Will taxpayers be able to see through all this and stop the giant rip-off? Individuals who speak out about the military spending waste give hope, something that cannot be said about many politicians and contractors.