Obama Asks for $192 Billion In War Spending
At a time we are headed toward the greatest deficit ever, and a freeze is being proposed on discretionary spending, President Obama is asking for $192 billion in war spending over the next 18 months.
The request reflects Obama’s recent decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan to blunt a growing insurgency. Despite doubts among many Americans, including those in his own political party, Obama sees the decision as critical to bringing the war to a conclusion.
The government has already shelled out a combined $1 trillion since 2001 for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Obama’s $192 billion war budget rivals the $245 billion request made in 2007 by President George W. Bush, after announcing that more than 20,000 combat troops would be sent to Baghdad.
The $192 billion request includes $33 billion to pay for the troop buildup this year. The remaining $159 billion would pay for overseas military operations in the government’s 2011 budget year, which begins Oct. 1.
Some $9 billion would go toward buying more helicopters, while $2 billion would be used to almost double – from 37 to 65 – the number of combat air patrols by sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles.
The money also would go to U.S. allies. Obama calls for $2 billion for Pakistan to reimburse it for operations along its Afghan border, as well as $13.6 billion to train and equip security forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.Click here for reuse options!
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