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More Money for War, Through the Back Door

Posted on Nov 5, 2009

Defense officials say the amount of supplemental funding needed depends on President Obama’s decision on increasing U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Adm. Mike Mullen, expects the Pentagon to request emergency financing for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Bush-era tactic that uses “supplemental funding” to flesh out the already massive Pentagon budget to pay for the conflicts. —JCL

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The nation’s top military officer said Wednesday that he expected the Pentagon to ask Congress in the next few months for emergency financing to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, even though President Obama has pledged to end the Bush administration practice of paying for the conflicts with so-called supplemental funds that are outside the normal Defense Department budget.

The financing would be on top of the $130 billion that Congress authorized for the wars just last month.

The military officer, Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not say how much additional money would be needed, but one figure in circulation within the Pentagon and among outside defense budget analysts is $50 billion.

Representative John Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat who is chairman of the House appropriations defense subcommittee, cited $40 billion last week as a hypothetical amount for the supplemental financing request. The number represented a standard calculation of $1 billion for every 1,000 troops deployed.

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By ted, November 6, 2009 at 7:40 am Link to this comment
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When the tail gets bigger than the dog, the tail calls the shots.  Our military doesn’t serve the U.S.A. or our Constitution.  It serves the Military Industrial Complex and its corrupt, wealthy, killer self.

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By PatrickHenry, November 6, 2009 at 4:27 am Link to this comment

The last great American industrial base, tanks, fighter jets, Armoured vehicles, aircraft carriers, submarines, nukes. 

Forget about, cars, clothing, washing machines, vacume cleaners, TV’s, computers etc.

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By JDmysticDJ, November 6, 2009 at 12:31 am Link to this comment

There’s an old joke about a conversation between 2 beatnicks.

1st beatnick: Sad.
2nd beatnick: True.
1st beatnick: Sad…but true.
2nd beatnick: Sad.
1st beatnick: True.
2nd beatnick: Sad…but true.
etc. etc. ad nauseam.

Many people who had high hopes for Obama, have been immensely disappointed. Obama has continued Bush’s National Security Directives, and continues the war madness. Obama agreed with the decision to save those who created the economic crisis (Wall Street Criminals,) Wall street is now prospering, while ordinary people continue to suffer, some more than others. Obama has done exactly the opposite, of what many thought he would do. The campaign promises he has broken, are too numerous to numerate here.

If not Obama, who? There is not a true progressive candidate out there, who has any chance of succeeding Obama. Obama may be able to win another term, but what then? It took a titlewave of public enthusiasm to get Obama elected. if Obama continues his current course, that titlewave will not be there for another Democratic Candidate. Sadly, if we’re lucky, the President who follows Obama will be someone just a little to the left of Sarah Palin, and not Sarah Palin. Can anyone remember the last time a President left office with positive public support? Roosevelt and Kennedy, but they both died while still in office.

Of course no one can foresee the future, but the future clearly looks bleak to me. If you look back in history a little, you’ll note that Richard Nixon was the perhaps the most disgraced President we had had, up to that point in history. Carter succeeded Nixons lame duck replacement, Jerry Ford, but Carter only one lasted for on term. Then we got Reagon. Reagon began the destruction of the American middle class, and provided legitimacy and funding for Cental American Terrorist Goverments, funded counter revolutionary thugs and drug smugglers (Freedom Fighters), and violated international law. Reagon left office in a cloud of suspicion regarding illegal activity, but when called to testify about illegal activity, his alzheimers kicked in, and he couldn’t remember anything. Most of those in his administration, who were convicted of illegal activity, either had their convictions overturned, or were pardoned. Even so, our Corporate Masters were able to manipulate public oppinion, to assure the election of another Republican. George H. W., former head of the C.I.A., and Vice President in the ciminal Reagon Administration. Perhaps Clinton had some popularity when he left office, but he was “Republican Light” and continued the Reagon, Bush(H.W.) economic policies, with Greenspan as his economic advisor, which further deteroriated the economic health of the American Middle Class (Forget the poor, they are invisible. They suffered great losses under Clinton’s Administration.) If Clinton could have kept it in his pants, we might not have had to suffer the consequences of W’s further destruction of the American Dream. Then came Obama “Bush Light.” If the current health care bill, with the weak public option, makes it to the Presidents desk, we’ll still be left with inadequate health care, as compared to other industrialized nations. The proposed Bill does have some improvements, but it does nothing to solve the real problems. The Office of Management and Budget has forcast a reduction in health care costs, but the Bill does nothing to stop the Health Care Insurance Companies from continuing to suck huge amounts of money out of our economy. We’ll still be paying Health Care Executives 100’s of millions of dollars, so they can invest in derivatives. The Health Care Companies will continue to spend 100’s of millions of dollars, to lobby against our best interests.

There’s an old Anarchist theory that everything must be destroyed, before things will get better. That’s counter intuitive, but it may be true. If we continue to allow Corporatists to run this country, they will destroy it.

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By Folktruther, November 5, 2009 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment

Under Obaama the military budget is 5.6% of GDP, the highest since 1993.  Exclusive of additions and cost overruns.  At a time when there is 20% unrmployment and we are in a depression, although the stock market is going up.

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By Carl, November 5, 2009 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment
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I’m sure the Republicans will block this spending, since they are concerned about the growing national debt.

Just kidding.

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By AmericanDream, November 5, 2009 at 11:59 am Link to this comment

And the war pigs get richer…

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By Mary Ann McNeely, November 5, 2009 at 11:06 am Link to this comment

President Obama has pledged to end the Bush administration practice of paying for the conflicts with so-called supplemental funds that are outside the normal Defense Department budget.

I think we all know now what a politically ordinary, which is to say, a monstrous liar, Obama is.  Here is yet another whopper you can believe in.

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By gerard, November 5, 2009 at 10:52 am Link to this comment

Just say no!

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