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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of a record $708 billion for the Defense Department next year, The Associated Press has learned - a request that could be an especially hard sell to some of the administration's Democratic allies.
The extra $33 billion in 2010 would mostly go toward the expansion of the war in Afghanistan. Obama ordered an extra 30,000 troops for that war as part of an overhaul of the war strategy late last year.
Military officials have suggested that the 2011 request would top $700 billion for the first time, but the precise figure has not been made public.
Originally posted by marg6043
reply to post by johnny2127
Sorry Johnny but reality needs to be taken into account, Bushes and Cheneys war was for "profits" they created this war wagged them and all the money went to the hands of the profiteers of this wars, while the economy was left to fall into the chaos that we are now in.
Now you expect Obama to hurry up and win the war and end the war?, Bush and cheney could not accomplish this in 6 years Reality check, it was not the intention of Bush and Cheney to ever get out of the middle east.
Now we are on for a long very expensive and no as profitable for the American tax payer war and invasion, that will span for many years to come regardless of Who party president is next.
Originally posted by genius/idoit
One thing that I think would help is if we stopped using the words billion and trillion,and wrote the #s out in actual value like
just a thought
Originally posted by thenothingorchid
Obama was a democrat with naive ideas about how to end the war that was started by the Bush family and company. He was an idealistic fool with a gift for oration....That's what got him elected. That, and there could have very well been a civil war had McCain and Palin been shoved into the White House against the wishes of the public. The public doesn't have such a lax attitude towards blatant corruption now that their mortgages are defaulting and their children are coming home in boxes in record numbers. People voted for Obama because they were sick of being lied to by the so-called "republicans." Obama represented a man with common sense. His so-called "actions" since assuming the title of presidency are the same things the "Republicans" were criticizing him for during his campaign. "He is going to pull out prematurely." "He is going to eliminate funding for the wars." Now that it's obvious we aren't going anywhere, and we are about to spend more on the wars than we ever have before, and have even committed more troops, "Republicans" say that he still isn't doing enough, and are laughing at the people who voted for him, calling them idiots. So, Johnny....What would Obama have to do in order for you to call him a good president?