posted on Jun, 21 2005 @ 10:21 AM
The House of Representatives passed a $409 billion Defense Bill on Monday, despite waning public support for the current war. The cost of the Iraq
War now exceeds $300 billion. The Bill is a 'bridge fund' expected to cover Pentagon expenses until March of 2006, when more funds will be
The bill would also trim a key Army modernization program, Future Combat Systems, by $400 million to $3 billion, citing "significant development and
contracting delays." Boeing Co. is the main contractor for the program, along with employee-owned Science Applications International Corp.
The bill would also slash $1 billion from a Northrop Grumman Corp. program to build the Navy's new-generation DD(X) destroyer. It would add $1.4
billion for an extra DDG-51 Arleigh Burke destroyer, $440 million for two extra littoral combat ships and $380 million for one further T-AKE cargo
ship built by General Dynamics Corp .
Overall, the bill would fund $76.8 billion for Pentagon weapons purchases, up $171.5 million over Bush's request.
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Ahhhh........money. What this is all about, isn't it?
Quoted from Source Story
House Republicans rebuffed an effort by Democrats to require Bush to submit a report to Congress on criteria that he will use to judge when U.S.
troops can be withdrawn from Iraq.
There is no end in sight, and the Bush Administration isn't obligated to even make an estimate......despite many indications and circumstantial
evidence to point towards the fact that he has lied to the American public. And the motivation seems clear........409 billion reasons clear.
Now, I'm not necassarily arguing the necessity of spending money in wartime. We do have troops overseas and they need to have what it takes to
accomplish their goals as quickly as possible so that they can stay alive. What I am arguing is the perpetuation of a war that almost certainly is
based on the allocations of an oil rich land.
This seemed to pass without much fanfare.......I think it is a big deal that we know how are money is being spent.......especially when we have a
president with heavy oil interests..........
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