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Team Bush Wants $50 Billion More for ‘08 Military Budget

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Posted on Sep 23, 2007

Add another $50 billion to the tab the Bush administration is looking to run up in military costs for the  ‘08 fiscal year, bringing the potential total to around $200 billion if this latest request goes through. 


The New York Times:

The increase would bring the amount the administration is seeking to finance the war effort through 2008 to almost $200 billion. Much of that money will go to refurbishment of military equipment and to the purchase of new protective equipment for troops, officials said, an indication of the toll that years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken on military vehicles, aircraft, weapons and other items.

Defense officials said earlier this year that the Pentagon would need a war budget of $141 billion in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The additional request for nearly $50 billion, which was first reported in The Los Angeles Times on Saturday, will be presented by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Wednesday, the Pentagon said. Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte and senior military officials are also expected to attend the hearing.

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By farmertx, September 24, 2007 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment

Interesting point about which is the greater villian, Shurb for asking or Congress for giving.

Sadly, I have to go with Congress. If they would do their job, the one that they swore an oath to do, Impeachment Articles would have been drawn and voted on and the Iraqi Government would be left for the UN to try and deal with.

Yes, the US broke Iraq and thus owns it under the Pottery Barn rule.

Possibly some actual leadership from a real President could do some good there. I really doubt that, given the complexities of Iraq, after the Shrub sat by and watched “his” great scheme turn into a shambles.(Note the quote marks around ‘his’; that denotes that I am aware that Shrub ain’t smart enough to do much past getting dressed…but then he does have a valet now.)

But how does one Country apologize and make amends for illegally invading and destroying another Country? Sorry ‘bout that doesn’t quite work.

‘Course,if we recoup some of the secret no bid money from Halliburton et al. we could go a long way towards leaving a trust fund for the Iraqi people to draw on.

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By purplewolf, September 24, 2007 at 11:04 am Link to this comment

Bu$h is the villian,(blackmailer,aka. Snydley Whiplash) holding congress(Little Nell) hostage tied to the train tracks(IRAQ) with his veto threats(I will kill your proposels) so the panicked polititions (townspeople aka willing victims/villians) give in to the blackmailer-villian Bu$h thinking that this will satisfy his need for $$$ greed, only to be fooled(lied to again) when he returns demanding more $$$ or the threats continue, as the hero Dudley-DUD(the american public) plays with it’s horse.Which the villian is afraid of.*

Maybe they should get rid of the donkey mascot and replace it with a horse,might put a bit of fear back into this arrogant over inflated view of self value Bu$h has of himself.

* Everything has to be put in the perspective of a cartoon,that way Bu$h might just understand it better.

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By driving bear, September 24, 2007 at 10:34 am Link to this comment

I would like do a unofficial pole here :
Answer the following question :
Who is the greater villain :
Bush for asking and spending this money
or
The democratic congress for giving it to him

Please state why you think so

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By dp, September 24, 2007 at 8:19 am Link to this comment
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How can we be sure those appropriated funds actually go to our military anyway?  How much of it goes to Blackwater and companies like it and to Halliburton to construct more bases in occupied Iraq?  Why can’t the American public put itself in Iraq’s shoes for one moment?  How would we react if our government was toppled, we were occupied by foreign armies who built bases for their use in our country, indicating a lengthy occupation?  Until ego-centric America can get over the idea that everyone in the world wants a “democracy” and our apparent need to have everyone be like us, we’re a liability to world peace.  Being a “super power” to this country means being the only power.

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By thomas billis, September 24, 2007 at 3:18 am Link to this comment
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The good news is that the money does not even go to Iraq anymore.It goes directly into Swiss banks of Iraqi ministers.If you are giving it to them directly they cannot charged with stealing it.Of course the troops will get all the fresh horses they need and plenty of musket balls.

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By purplewolf, September 23, 2007 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment

Bushit is throwing away almost 4 billion dollars a week in Iraq,but G.W. threatens to veto a health bill for poor and middle class families to help with the medical bill of their children,claiming the middle class have to much money.This bill would cost 10 billion dollars for 5 years it breaks down to 2 billion dollars a year or 1/2 a week of Iraq spending for a whole year of health care for children here in America. Hummmm it’s a hard decision to make,but I gotta spend all that money we have to borrow from the other countries of the world as we are broke,on Iraq and the insanity that comes with it.And while I am at it, lets outsource some more jobs, take more work away from the American people,everybody knows they won’t do the jobs we take from them anyway.Just give me more money or I will throw a temper tamtrum, that always works.Then in a few months after that I will come back and demand another 100 billion or more for the next few weeks after that, then…..

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By Frank Cajon, September 23, 2007 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment

One of the oldest tricks in this sickening occupation is the tactic of demanding insane amounts of war money (after already receiving obscene amounts) and couching it in terms that hold the safety of the troops hostage in terms of the magical new equipment it will supposedly provide. Meanwhile, proven technology that intercepts rocket projectiles on Israeli tanks has been turned down, and the troops on the ground are given nothing to protect themselves. I just now occured to these fools that we have 15,000 amputees because the equipment they ride around in is inadequately armored?
I hate to sound like a broken record, but not a dime for the Chancellor and his Goebbels until troops are coming home and a final withdrawl date is passed into law.

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By GW=MCHammered, September 23, 2007 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment
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Hey, lil’ bush will get it too! The cash is red with blood, white with fear and owned by bluebloods but so long as the sand is red, white and blue, the public will keep their head buried.

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By DennisD, September 23, 2007 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment
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Why the hell not, it’s very soon to be worthless colored paper anyway. If rubber stamping our Idiot-in-Chief’s never ending requests for         “mo money” is the only thing our worthless Congress can do, disband it, send it home and be done with the pretense of a republic or democracy(take your pick) that we’re now under.
I’ll be down in my basement printing some more of my own just to keep up with inflation and not for “aircraft, weapons, military vehicles and other items”.
Although I could use a new Marlin 30-30.

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