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Obama Wants Record $708B For Wars

From an outraged Associated Press:

Obama wants record $708 billion for wars next year

By Anne Gearan And Anne Flaherty, Associated Press Writers

January 13, 2010

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of a record $708 billion for the Defense Department next year, The Associated Press has learned — a request that could be an especially hard sell to some of the administration’s Democratic allies.

How is the war in Afghanistan unpopular, especially with the Democrats?

Lest we forget, we were told ever since September 11, 2001 the invasion of Iraq that the war in Afghanistan is the right war. The war that really needed to be fought.

Mr. Obama said it. Even Michael Moore said it.

Moreover, we are now fighting the war in Afghanistan with an international coalition (however token), exactly like the Democrats wanted.

So how can it ever be unpopular – even with the Associated Press?

The extra $33 billion in 2010 would mostly go toward the expansion of the war in Afghanistan. Obama ordered an extra 30,000 troops for that war as part of an overhaul of the war strategy late last year.

Notice that once again Mr. Obama is a slave to his own numbers.

He claimed back during his tortured deliberations about sending more troops to Afghanistan that it would cost an additional billion dollars for each thousand sent – and now he is demanding $30 billion more dollars.

(It’s just like his fixation about having a healthcare package that he can claim costs less than the Iraq War.)

Military officials have suggested that the 2011 request would top $700 billion for the first time, but the precise figure has not been made public.

The administration also plans to tell Congress next month that its central military objectives for the next four years will include winning the current wars while preventing new ones and that its core missions will include both counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations…

The Pentagon had better consult with their boss, Mr. Obama.

He’s not comfortable talking about winning the war in Afghanistan.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Obama Wants Record $708B For Wars”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The AP reports:

    AP Exclusive: Obama wants $33 billion more for war

    By ANNE GEARAN and ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writers Anne Gearan And Anne Flaherty, Associated Press Writers – 42 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration plans to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, on top of a record request for $708 billion for the Defense Department next year, The Associated Press has learned.

    Now wait just a gol-durn minnit! Yew meen ta tells me that you want MORE money fer eye-RACK? Thought we wuz a’pullin’ outta thar. Hells bells, Barry. Yew needs ta git yer mind right, boy.

    The administration also plans to tell Congress next month that its central military objectives for the next four years will include winning the current wars while preventing new ones and that its core missions will include both counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations.

    Tweren’t this the “Bush Plan?” Ah seems to recall not-too-long-ago, sumbuddy sayin’ just this very thang. Looked and sounded like Bush…or Cheney…..Ah’m a gittin’ mighty confused.

    Bush 2003:
    http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=917

    Bush 2008:
    http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/George_Bush_discusses_Iraq_5_years_after_invasion

    An’ it seems so unlike Barry to ues that word…the “W” word….

    winning

    The administration’s Quadrennial Defense Review, the main articulation of U.S. military doctrine, is due to Congress on Feb. 1. Top military commanders were briefed on the document at the Pentagon on Monday and Tuesday. They also received a preview of the administration’s budget plans through 2015.

    The four-year review outlines six key mission areas and spells out capabilities and goals the Pentagon wants to develop. The pilotless drones used for surveillance and attack missions in Afghanistan and Pakistan are a priority, with a goal of speeding up the purchase of new Reaper drones and expansion of Predator and Reaper drone flights through 2013.

    Drones. Those very things that Obama was against:

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/226522

    And then he was for:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5575883.ece

    Well, in any case, 33 billion, Phagh! Chump change. He’ll just get it from his stash.

    And more:

    The extra $33 billion in 2010 would mostly go toward the expansion of the war in Afghanistan. Obama ordered an extra 30,000 troops for that war as part of an overhaul of the war strategy late last year.

    Thought he was gonna pull troops out of Iraq? No?

    The request for that additional funding will be sent to Congress at the same time as the record spending request for next year, making war funding an especially difficult pill for some of Obama’s Democratic allies.

    What was that about “guns and butter” again? –Economics 101–

    Military officials have suggested that the 2011 request would top $700 billion for the first time, but the precise figure has not been made public.

    U.S. officials outlined the coming requests on condition of anonymity because the budget request will not be sent to Congress until later this month.

    Obama’s request for more war spending is likely to receive support on Capitol Hill, where Republicans will join moderate Democrats to pass the bill.

    But the budget debate is also likely to expose a widening rift between Obama’s administration — it sees more troops and money as necessary to winning the war — and Democratic leaders, who have watched public opinion turn against the military campaign.

    “The president’s going to have to make his case,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters last month at her year-end briefing.

    In other words, they are really starting to hate each other, more than usual even, and it’s beginning to show. Something I have been counting on for democrats to show and it’s coming true.

    • proreason says:

      He seems to enjoy snuffing out the Taliban with no Miranda rights, no trials, no lawyers, in an unusually heartless way and with unavoidable collateral damage.

      I guess it’s ok if a boy king does it.

      Good to know he’s only a pacifist when it suits him.

    • JohnMG says:

      November, 2010 is looking a bit bleak to the Boy-Wonder. Time to get the moderates and the independents thinking of him as a LEADER before the electorate hands him his ass.

      The only thing transparent with this crowd is their sense of self-serving self-preservation.

      Just wait. There will be enough chumps to buy into the big lie. Ya can’t fix stupid!

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me that these numbers are artificially inflated, or purposely inflated, as is the want of dictators world wide. Here are some of the reason I can come up with off the top of my head:

    1. To foment resistance to the war effort
    2. To make health care reform seem less expensive
    3. To make budget deficits seem like the result of the Bush wars
    4. To make it easier to increase taxes

    Also, think about some of the propaganda and politics the Obama administration is playing. Two months ago the war was on the brink of collapse if we didn’t do something. Now, before the surge has commenced, the generals are saying Helmand province is secure and the Taliban on the run. A complete 180 degree turn from the news just a few months ago and what has changed. Barry’s poll numbers, he needs a win. I don’t trust a single word about anything from the pro-Obama media.

  3. canary says:

    Obama lied about cutting defense & war spending, but the complaining liberal might lighten up, if they understood

    it’s for more defense money to military weapons for the world known corrupt Afganistan police, and to pay for materials that our enslaved U.S. soldiers need to rebuild everything the muslim terrorists have blown up, mosques, schools, toilets.

  4. canary says:

    Rusty, I learned Iranian dialect yesterday. At the cheap cuts shop chain my son likes to go was a new 30ish middle-eastern woman who could not speak English, to include normal things. It took an a hour, alot of guess words, hand
    motions.
    She taps her fingers over her mouth then holds up 3 fingers. I said, “oh, you’ve been here 3 years. Yes, 3 yeeeers heeer. I asked if she liked living here and she crinkles her face and makes a “oh it’s yukkie”.
    So, of course next question is “Where are you from”. And she says eeeriiiiinnn
    I’m pursheeeeen. I asked “you’re from Iran?” She said no, “eeeriiiiiinnnn”
    I finally asked by spelling it out I-R-A-N ? And she sad yeeees. I’m sure she knew I was saying IRAN as Americans do for her 3 years.

    I asked her twice if she had family living back in Iran, and she ignored me both times. They do hair coloring and so I hope she’s not stocking up.
    Then towards the end, she asks my son if he wants her to “chop-chop” his hair.
    And I said do you mean spike? No. chop-chop.
    I said layer, blend in? She says no. I call it chop-chop and shows the ends of her her. Luckily I think chopped is a new term in haircuts.
    Since a simple haircut took her an hour, she was very slow, along with the communication problem I gave her big tip and kind of felt sorry, and told my son this, but that we can not trust them. She was stubborn over the Iran, and refused to tell me if she had family over there. I tried to ask her what she though of the revolution going on, but it was off base too.
    I am going to start saying eeeeriiiiinnnn, and see people as me to repeat my self. Thanks for letting me vent. It was stressful.

    Anyways, I hope that she’s not stocking up on that hair color stuff, because they do that too.

  5. canary says:

    I had a doctor friend that was an extremely educated in foreign affairs and we talked about middle-eastern terrorism for years prior to 9/11 happening.
    He told me he wanted the opinion of the middle-eastern doctors that he worked with on 9/11. He said every doctor said that the U.S. had it coming. A pediatrician upset him the most. He and his wife an RN had a very close relationship with two middle-easterners who helped in funeral arrangements when died. He told me the wife even agreed with the terrorist act, but that her husband his colleague said he felt it was wrong. And he said he did not know if his friend was telling him the truth, or just wanted him to think he thought it was wrong. These discussions will never leave me.
    Know your enemy and those amongst us.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    What if this boob pitched a war and he had to participate in it?
    I mean ass in the grass and feet in the boots with a weapon at the ready.

    Real men cry Barry!!
    (just not like the fake Cindy Sheebitchan)

  7. joeblough says:

    Clever move I think.

    He gets to:
    — spend more money we don’t have, thus driving the nation deeper into the hole
    — establish PR cred for having spent “money” on the military
    — and still cripple the war effort with absurd rules of engagement and civilian trials for enemy combatants

    It’s a win-win for Red Hussein and his program to bring America down.

    =========

    Just BTW we don’t need THAT much more money in the field. We need rational goals, rational rules of engagement and a realistic assessment of the enemy.

    Needless to say, none of those will be forthcoming.


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