In a move that would put the cost of the war to date in Afghanistan and Iraq to over $280 billion, the Bush Administration is set to ask for another
$80 billion in funding. The amount spent so far is nearly half in inflation adjusted dollars that the U.S. spent in World War I.
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration plans to announce Tuesday it will request about $80 billion more for this year's costs of fighting wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, congressional aides said Monday.
The request would push the total provided so far for those wars and for U.S. efforts against terrorism elsewhere in the world to more than $280
billion since the first money was provided shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, airliner attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
That would be nearly half the $613 billion the United States spent for World War I or the $623 billion it expended for the Vietnam War, when the costs
of those conflicts are translated into 2005 dollars.
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Lots of money. House Democrats have indicated that there will not be a fight for the funds, but they will ask some pointed question about the war,
its duration, and an accounting for the money spent. Which seems reasonable to me. However, we are in to far to pull out and really must see things
through to the end at this stage. We face a tough year ahead, but once the elections are over and we get a better handle on the insurgency, we can
start looking at a timetable to pull most of our troops out.
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