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Posted on Dec 20, 2006

The Pentagon has asked the White House for an additional $99.7 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for a total increase of $50 billion over last year’s record spending. According to the Congressional Research Service, military spending on Iraq, Afghanistan and other operations has exceeded $500 billion so far.


The military’s request, if embraced by President Bush and approved by Congress, would boost this year’s budget for those wars to about $170 billion.

Military planners assembled the proposal at a time when Bush is developing new strategies for Iraq, such as sending thousands more U.S. troops there, although it was put together before the president said the troop surge was under consideration.

Overall, the war in Iraq has cost about $350 billion. Combined with the conflict in Afghanistan and operations against terrorism elsewhere, the cost has topped $500 billion, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

The additional funds, if approved, would push this year’s cost of the war in Iraq to about $50 billion over last year’s record. In September, Congress approved an initial $70 billion for the current budget year, which began Oct. 1.

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By busta, December 20, 2006 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment
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I guess the little brain who posted this at Truthdig does not read, until it comes time to post.  I read an interview on this site two weeks ago with Dennis Kucinich about this, and read a MSNBC story along with a La Times story that was posted on this site.  To the person who put this up read more, think more.  I expect more from Truthdig.

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By RS Janes, December 20, 2006 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment
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I’m sure they need more money; the old bills are probably getting a little ragged about now.

‘Iraq was awash in cash. We played football with bricks of $100 bills’
—Headline of Guardian [UK] story, March 20, 2006.,,1734939,00.html

This defense build-up, little of which will go to actually fight terrorists, and Bush’s disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan, should total up to much more than the $500 billion the Pentagon is officially requesting—I’d think a cool trillion would be more accurate.

Well, what the hell—it’s not their money.

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By Quy Tran, December 20, 2006 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment
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How many of those will be going to Cheney’s Halliburton pockets ?

Gates = Rumsfeld #2 and don’t expect any good news from him.

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By Rodney Matthews, December 20, 2006 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s get the additional war funds from the Billionaire contributers to Bushes campaigns and from all of the war profiteers who made money in Iraq.

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