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Additional Funding for a Worsening Iraq Disaster

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Posted on Sep 27, 2007

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gate’s $42-billion request will bring the 2008 war funding total to $190 billion. According to The Washington Post, this would be the largest single-year spending total for the wars so far. Add this to Wednesday’s Senate vote to split Iraq along religious and sectarian lines (as though it is senators’ decision to make) and the grim picture of Iraq’s future starts to look even worse.

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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates asked Congress yesterday [Wednesday] to approve an additional $42.3 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing the Bush administration’s 2008 war funding request to nearly $190 billion—the largest single-year total for the wars so far.

The move came as Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff and former top U.S. commander in Iraq, warned lawmakers that the Army is stretched dangerously thin because of current war operations and would probably have trouble responding to a major conflict elsewhere. “The current demand for our forces exceeds the sustainable supply,” Casey said yesterday. “We are consumed with meeting the demands of the current fight and are unable to provide ready forces as rapidly as necessary for other potential contingencies.”

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Also: Robert Scheer’s column on the bipartisan Iraq spending debacle.

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By John Borowski, September 28, 2007 at 6:32 am Link to this comment
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We are in a bad situation (The British call it sticky) in Iraq. With billions of dollars spent on the war in Iraq we have nothing to show for it except boxes brought back to Delaware. The Republicans (Aka Conservative right-wingers) have put us into a proverbial “roach-motel”. Once we get in there we can’t get out.  We stay and spend billions for little gain (Except for the robber barron crowd)and more dead soldiers. We leave Iraq and it will only encourage still more little countries to challenge us.

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By thomas billis, September 28, 2007 at 1:13 am Link to this comment
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Good thing is that the money will go to directly to Haliburton and to Swiss Bank Accounts for Iraqi leaders.The Pentagon said it will save 10 billion dollars by skipping the middle men.Nancy Pelosi is already pushing the savings as a reason to vote for the bill.Also the Republicans looking to support the troops in the only way they know how have attached a spending rider for 200000 jock straps and 100000 push up bras.They might as well they have not done anything else to support the troops.

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By DennisD, September 27, 2007 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment
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Gee, anyone wondering why the dollar continues to be devalued. The joke is Congress (yes, ours) is supposed to be in control of funding and a Democratic one at that is allowing this to happen to us. It really is just one big happy party in D.C.(District of Collusion) and we the taxpayers aren’t invited. 

It’s just too f**king surreal.

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By PatrickHenry, September 27, 2007 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment

This money needs to be spent at home on kids healthcare and aging infrastructure.

These spending bills need itemized, scrutinized and every indication of waste, fraud and abuse denied.

Now would be a good time to audit Halliburton, Custer and Battle, Blackwater and the many Israeli firms who have garnered cost plus contracts from this tragedy.

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By rage, September 27, 2007 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment
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Please! Tell Chicken Little that we’re wide awake. It wasn’t the sky, you little twerp. It was a freaking acorn, okay?

The Dems are out of their minds and need to lose the Presidency in 2008, if they roll over for this shake-down. The DOD-Corporate-Military-Industrial tools haven’t justifiably accounted for the outrageous boatloads of shrink-wrapped bills we’ve already sent, for which we’ve gotten no receipts. These idiots need to be audited, tried, and imprisoned for embezzlement and larceny as it is. Furthermore, this war is LOST. The Democratic Senate and Congress need to grant them just enough loose change to pull completely out of Iraq IMMEDIATELY. This illegal unilateral preemptive occupation of a sovereign nation that never posed a threat to the United States of America has broken the United States of America in every conceivable way. We’re quite literally screwed! Every facet of American life has suffered, thanks to this war based on lies and deceit.

So, screw their requests for another blank check. Gates and Dumya can kiss off and go straight to hell. The Dems need to tell Chicken Little we know the sky isn’t really falling. Don’t give this whiny worthless little jerk another red cent. END THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ NOW!!!!

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By John Borowski, September 27, 2007 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment
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You may ask why the Democrats don’t stop the funding for Iraq. They have the majority in both the house and senate. Unlike the old days when the Democrats had the clout to change things, today they are a CASTRATED party. The Republicans (Conservatives right-wingers) have the power to pass or “unpass” any law in this country because in my opinion we are condemned to a covert freedom loving dictatorship.

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By QuyTran, September 27, 2007 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment

The butcher needs more funds to buy additional guillotines !

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By John Howard, September 27, 2007 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment
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Congress should insist that the costs of the war in Iraq be “pay as you go” from now on. An average family of four’s share of the current request for Iraq alone would be $2,000.  Most Americans have not been asked to sacrifice for the war, and being hit hard in their pocketbooks as long as the war continues might just change the political landscape. The “Freedom Fee” or “Security Surcharge” could take the form of an income tax surcharge, which we’ve had before.

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By David, September 27, 2007 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment
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Not too long ago, I heard Bill O’Reilly use his FOX “News” platform to call upon the Iraqi government to pass the Hydrocarbon Law before their August recess. This law allows American Oil companies to invest in Iraq’s oil industry. We know that O’Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh, Gibson, Hume, and all the right-wing talk show hosts have had a major interest and role in selling us this pack of lies from the start. Is O’Reilly so dellusional, such an egomenical sycophant, to think he can use his bully pulpit to influence the Iraqi government? 

But wait…maybe he’s - maybe they - are more connected than we think!  Has anyone out there investigated the investments, stocks, and the money trails leading from these undeterrable war cheerleaders?  I mean certainly its a relevant issue seeing as they were, if not given then uptaken, the task of shaping and maintaining public opinion of an illegal invasion that has and will continue to mean huge profits to all on the inside. I would bet my last wooden nickle that they have quite the personal stock in the invasion, far beyond their patriotism or party loyalty, in seeing that things go well.

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