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Pentagon To Seek $100 Billion More For War Costs


Los Angeles Times - December 14, 2005 - By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is in the early stages of drafting a request for up to $100 billion more for military costs in Iraq and Afghanistan, lawmakers say, a figure that would push spending related to the wars toward half a trillion dollars.

Reps. C.W. "Bill" Young (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on defense, and John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, the senior Democrat on that panel, say the military has informally told them it wants $80 billion to $100 billion in a war-spending package that the White House is expected to send Congress next year.

That would be in addition to $50 billion Congress is about to give the Pentagon for operations in Iraq for the beginning of 2006. Military commanders expect that sum to last through May.

Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Congress has approved more than $300 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan, including military operations, reconstruction, security and aid, as well as other costs related to the U.S.-declared war on terrorism, according to the Congressional Research Service, which writes reports for Congress.

Murtha mentioned a $100-billion figure for the spending package to reporters last week, saying: "Twenty years it's going to take to settle this thing. The American people are not going to put up with it, can't afford it."

The service branches recently presented their funding requests to top Pentagon officials.

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They're nuts!

The best way to end the war is to stop the money.

We have wasted billions for nothihng in Iraq. Well we did get something out of it: thousands upon thousands of dead Iraqis, 2150 dead US soldiers, thousands wounded with lost limbs, a great recruiting ground for Al-Quaida, a far less safer world, etc.

All because Bush was hell bent on going to war with Iraq. And he said he accepts responsiblity for going to war on false intelligence........Duh! you damn right he's responsible since he is the one who help falsify it and lied to congress and the american people. The sad part is nothing is being done to bring him to justice.

Ask your congress rep to vote No. A vote of NO on the $100 billion is a vote for our troops and for bringing them home.

I can't believe that anyone is deluded into thinking that the government would respect our constitutional right to assemble. They have continuously led an assault on out Constitutional rights and this administration is no different. For the love of God they are debating the use of torture in the Congress!!! This is so an-American and absolutely spits in the face of human rights. What a puke stain this country has become on the face of the world.

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