You are all asking the wrong question, guys. I'm actually surprised we're on the third page of replies and nobody has brought this up...
Look at our military expenditures over the past several years:
2001 Defense spending was about $310 Bil
2002 Defense spending was $345 Bil
2003 Defense spending was $440 Bil
2004 Defense spending was $470 Bil
2005 Defense spending was $485 Bil
(Tables 4.1 & 4.2)
2006 Defense spending was about $450 Bil
2007 Defense spending was about $440 Bil
Afghanistan War began in late 2001, but the impact on spending is seen in 2002.
Iraq War began in late March of 2003, which would be reflected in the $100 Bil jump in DOD spending between 2002 & 2003.
Between these two wars, we've directed most of our spending at Iraq, and the numbers indicate the progress that has been made, with 2004 & 2005 being
the most expensive in terms of dollars and this cost slowly ramping down as we approach the abillity to leave Iraq. Afghanistan is still a very
active war, but due to the nature of where we're fighting and what we're fighting against, it hasn't cost us nearly as much to fight that war as it
did to fight in Iraq at the height of the war.
Now, let's assume that we are, in fact, going to essentially pull the majority of our troops and much of our defense budget out of Iraq in 2009 as
signs seem to idicate. Let's also assume that the Afghanistan war remains static in 2009, neither costing us more nor costing us less (which is
pretty much status quo for that war to this point.)
Here's my question: what the hell is the government ramping up the DOD budget by over $150 Bil in preparation of, presuming that the anticipation of
no new major military actions in 2009 would actually lead us to a lower DOD budget than we've seen since mid 2003? What is planned (or expected)
that we the people don't have knowledge of in 2009 that will require the largest single year millitary budget increase ever for this country when you
consider we should
have lower expenditures thanks to troops returning stateside and our largest operation basically ending.
I know we got alot of equipment and troops in Iraq, but I seriously doubt that full remobilization of the troops, equipment, and fleets to bring them
all back home accounts for that increase.
They're planning or expecting something, but what?