When I hear that $8.7 billion out of $9.1 billion is unaccounted for, should I be suprised? After all, it was in the hands of the federal department that is best at making things disappear. Normally, it's people that disappear, but in this case it is a whole bunch of money.
Is secretary of defense Robert Gates going to have to come up with this money or else? Don't count on it. But you can be sure that if you or I owed the government billions of dollars, they would make sure they got what they wanted.