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    Obama to Seek $75.5 Billion More for Wars in 2009

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    By Tony Capaccio
    Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama will seek $75.5 billion more for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through the end of this fiscal year, according to three people familiar with the request.
    It will be submitted along with the fiscal 2010 budget Obama sends to Congress tomorrow. That proposal will request $130 billion for the wars in fiscal 2010 in addition to a total Defense Department budget of about $534 billion, the people said.
    The amounts for the wars are less than Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked for and in keeping with expectations that the president plans a major reduction of the 142,000 U.S. troops now in Iraq.
    The extra funding for fiscal 2009, which ends Sept. 30, includes money for adding 17,000 troops to the U.S. force of 38,000 in Afghanistan.
    Gates in December said he would need $69.7 billion more this year, not counting the cost of adding troops in Afghanistan. On Feb. 3, he told the White House he would need as much as $83 billion. Obama announced the troop increase two weeks later.
    The $130 billion requested for the conflicts in fiscal 2010 is at the low range of the Pentagons request for $130 billion to $140 billion.
    Congress already has approved $65.9 billion in emergency wartime spending for fiscal 2009.
    Doesn't seem like anything much has changed.
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    Re: Obama to Seek $75.5 Billion More for Wars in 2009

    But it's okay when HE does it!
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    Pitwolfy!!!! There you are.
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    I hear ya. I was expecting Obama to pull out the troops cold turkey.

    Honestly, is that what you expected???

    He said he was going to come up with a timeline for Iraq. Until then, he will need more dough. Unless, of course, you're against the troops and Halliburton getting paid.
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    Re: Obama to Seek $75.5 Billion More for Wars in 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post

    Doesn't seem like anything much has changed.

    There has been change! Even more spending.
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    Re: Obama to Seek $75.5 Billion More for Wars in 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Doesn't seem like anything much has changed.
    I don't quite understand your point

    The US and Iraqi governments previously agreed that all US military forces will be removed from Iraq by the end of 2010. This time-frame necessitates funding during the interval. Beyond simply abandoning all infrastructure and military equipment, it is hardly possible to safely accomplish such a huge task with greater rapidity.

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    Re: Obama to Seek $75.5 Billion More for Wars in 2009

    Anyone wanna take any guesses what Obama's Bosnia will be?
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    Re: Obama to Seek $75.5 Billion More for Wars in 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    I don't quite understand your point

    The US and Iraqi governments previously agreed that all US military forces will be removed from Iraq by the end of 2010. This time-frame necessitates funding during the interval. Beyond simply abandoning all infrastructure and military equipment, it is hardly possible to safely accomplish such a huge task with greater rapidity.
    That was under Bush, and Obama railed against the Bush administration on every level, so why are they adhering to this "idiotic" policy agreed to by the incompetent Bush administration? I smell hypocracy.
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    Re: Obama to Seek $75.5 Billion More for Wars in 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    That was under Bush, and Obama railed against the Bush administration on every level, so why are they adhering to this "idiotic" policy agreed to by the incompetent Bush administration? I smell hypocracy.

    Re-read what Tasha wrote. It makes perfect sense.
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    Re: Obama to Seek $75.5 Billion More for Wars in 2009

    Yeeee-HA Hope and Change.

    I wonder how much longer it will be before we go into Pakistan.
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