The people of the United States are neither strongly committed to the numerous wars that our military is waging nor strongly opposed to them. We are barely aware of them and prefer not to think about them.
“America's Phony War”
William J. Astore, TomDispatch, March 15, 2018
The definition of twenty-first-century phony war, on the other hand, is its lack of clarity, its lack of purpose, its lack of any true imperative for national survival (despite a never-ending hysteria over the “terrorist threat”). The fog it produces is especially disorienting. Americans today have little idea “why we fight” … Meanwhile, with such a lack of national involvement and accountability, there's no pressure for the Pentagon or the rest of the national security state to up its game; there's no one even to point out that wherever the U.S. military has gone into battle in these years, yet more terror groups have subsequently sprouted like so many malignant weeds. Bureaucracy and mediocrity go unchallenged; massive boosts in military spending reward incompetency and the creation of a series of quagmire-like “generational” wars.
A research team at Michigan State University analyzed documents relating to the spending of the Department of Defense and the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1998 to 2015 and concluded that those two departments alone had somehow managed to spend $21,000,000,000,000 more than Congress authorized. In 2015, Congress provided the United States Army with a budget of $122,000,000,000, which the Army overspent by a factor of 54: They had $6,500,000,000,000 in “unsupported adjustments”.
“MSU Scholars Find $21 Trillion in Unauthorized Government Spending; Defense Department to Conduct First-Ever Audit”
MSU Today, December 11, 2017
Perhaps it's not so surprising that Congress finds it difficult to take seriously its Constitutional duty to pass a budget every year.