On March 13, 2020, then-President Donald Trump declared a national emergency due to COVID-19, warning that the unfolding calamity “threatens to strain our nation’s healthcare systems.” Like a looming tidal wave, the disaster would inundate our country and the world.

On the same day, the Pentagon spent more than $910 million on military contractors alone. Not on troops or operations—just private contractors. A huge sum, but a drop in the bucket for a military that got $740 billion in 2020.

Read the full article at Newsweek.

Khury Petersen-Smith is the Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Follow him on Twitter @kpYES.

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