Advertisement

Archive for Friday, April 10, 2009

Obama requests $83B for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan

April 10, 2009

Advertisement

— President Barack Obama asked Congress for $83.4 billion Thursday for U.S. military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, pressing for special troop funding that he opposed two years ago when he was senator and George W. Bush was president.

Obama’s request, including money to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan, would push the costs of the two wars to almost $1 trillion since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to the Congressional Research Service. The additional money would cover operations into the fall.

Obama is also requesting $350 million in new funding to upgrade security along the U.S.-Mexico border and to combat narcoterrorists, along with another $400 million in counterinsurgency aid to Pakistan.

“Nearly 95 percent of these funds will be used to support our men and women in uniform as they help the people of Iraq to take responsibility for their own future — and work to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Obama wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, acknowledged that Obama has been critical of Bush’s use of similar special legislation to pay for the wars. He said it was needed this time because the money will be required by summer, before Congress is likely to complete its normal appropriations process.

“This will be the last supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan,” Gibbs said.

Last June, Congress approved $66 billion in advance 2009 funding for military operations. All told, the Pentagon would receive $142 billion in war funding for the budget year ending on Sept. 30.

The request is likely to win easy approval from the Democratic-controlled Congress, despite frustration among some liberals over the pace of troop withdrawals and Obama’s plans for a large residual force of up to 50,000 troops — about one-third of the force now there — who will train Iraqis, protect U.S. assets and personnel and conduct anti-terror operations.

The official request was sent early Thursday evening.

The request would fund an average force level in Iraq of 140,000 U.S. troops. It would also finance Obama’s initiative to boost troop levels in Afghanistan to more than 60,000 from the current 39,000.

Comments

madmike 5 years ago

Spoken like a true leftist radical comerade, loggy!

0

logrithmic 5 years ago

We need this money here at home. Obama, stop wasting it chasing phantoms in caves (or, if truth were known, protecting the Unocal pipeline).

Blow off the Pentagon. Realize that there whole mission is not the protection of the American people, but one to maintain their power position in the government. Instead, begin closing as many bases as possible overseas, end the criminal invasions and predator bombings over the nations of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and terminate base agreements in all EU countries. Those countries should be able to defend for themselves.

God bless!

0

madmike 5 years ago

I just love this! What will the "chosen one" do or say next? I love watching the left tear themselves apart!

0

couranna1 5 years ago

logrithmic very well said and accurate

0

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

Who's on record calling the O'dude's war plans "embarrassingly naive"? That would be Rep. John Conyers (D., Mich.) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123923540395603311.html

0

Tom Shewmon 5 years ago

Wanna bet Obama's ratings are knocking at GWB's by this time next year? He already has nearly a third of Americans "stongly disapproving" of him, with close to half just "disapproving". His approval index on Rasmussen has been slashed from around a high of 25 or so circa inauguration time to around 5 or 6 currently. And the missteps keep on a comin'.

Like I've been saying, can NBC and their subs afford to drop any more in the ratings by attempting to cover for the Obama cabal?

0

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

In order to get himself elected, Barry ranted and raved against Bush's policies. Now he is following those same courses of action. Hopenchange, you betcha!

BTW, were you aware a bill currently before Congress would give Barry the power to take over the interwebs?

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/Keep-the-government-from-snooping-in-our-e-mail-42779197.html

0

logrithmic 5 years ago

This illegal and criminal invasion of two sovereign countries (Iraq and Afghanistan) and the bombing of a third (Pakistan) must end now!

God bless!

0

logrithmic 5 years ago

Obama has the gall to suggest that he can garrison 50,000 troops in Iraq to "train." These are non-combat troops, he says. Think South Korea.

It's clear that the Pentagon has told Obama that they need to sustain control over the oil fields - and this war was all about oil.

It is also why Americans should be wary of the corporate media. Remember, the media never used the word oil as a reason for why we invaded..

First Bush said it was to rid the country of WMDs and told the nation that Iraq was capable of delivering these WMDs to the U.S. This was a lie, but the media refused to expose the lie even though there were experts like Scott Ritter that called it a lie.

Second Bush said that Iraq would not allow UN inspections for WMDs. But this too was a lie. The UN inspections were continuing up until we told the UN to leave so we could begin bombing the country.

Third Bush told the nation that Iraq was involved in 9-11 and was an ally of Al Queda. This too turned out to be a lie. Bush himself, years after the invasion, admitted it. Check out the movie "Why We Fight." Shows this in detail.

Fourth, Bush and Powell and the CIA lied to the world in front of the United Nations, saying that Saddam had tried to acquire uranium from Niger and that it was hiding its nuclear, chemical, and bio- weapons development. This also was a lie and the very ambassador who originally visited Niger on behalf of the State Department came forward and said it was a lie. The Italian government said the charges had been based on forged documents. And the ambassador's wife, a CIA agent, was exposed by Bush and Cheney, in violation of the law, as retaliation against the amabassador.

Next came Bush's lie that the invasion was necessary to institute "regime change." But wasn't this an obligation of the governed? Why the need for an invasion that killed up to 1 million people simply to take out a head of state? I mean, the U.S. has done away with other heads of states without invasion - despite the criminality of the act.

Finally, and lastly, Bush's last lie was about bringing a democratic revolution to the Middle East. We know that while voting has occurred in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the votes are meaningless. The populations there are unable through voting to remove U.S. troops. And our strongest ally in the region, Saudi Arabia, remains a dictatorship.

The truth all along was this war was about control of oil. Bush and Cheney were both oil people. Yet this truth was never divulged by the corporate media. Instead it chose to simply report the propaganda and lies of the Bushies. No one even realizes to this day that the largest energy consumer in the U.S. is its military. And this is what Obama has been told, I surmise. That the U.S. needs to control this oil cuz without it, our military would have to withdraw - not only from Iraq, but from a lot of other parts of the world too.

God bless!

0

Tom Shewmon 5 years ago

http://www.onenewsnow.com/AP/Search/World/Default.aspx?id=484954

Here is a paragraph left out of the original AP wire:

"But with the president promising to remove all combat troops from Iraq by the end of August 2010, his Democratic allies in control of Congress are sure to pass his request without the type of tortuous battle that characterized their dealings with former President George W. Bush."

This is what the Dems refer to as bipartisanship and reaching across the aisle.

0

Tom Shewmon 5 years ago

Wow! Whoda ever thunk this during the campaign?

0

justforfun 5 years ago

Screw the people in Iraq! Let em blow each other up like they want to anyway! Billions and trillions spent! what a joke! Bring the troops home Pres! And to think I supported this in the beginning, Too bad theres no end in sight! And Afghanistan 400 Million a in counterinsurgency!!! WTF

Oh and lastly hope those in foreclosure are having fun watching all this $ go elsewhere!

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.