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NEWS FLASH Iraq War Cost to Top $500 Billion in 2006

By December 13, 2005

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"The Pentagon is in the early stages of drafting a wartime request for up to $100 billion more for Iraq and Afghanistan, lawmakers say, a figure that would push spending related to the wars toward a staggering half-trillion dollars," according to AP this afternoon.

"Reps. Bill Young (R-FL) the chairman of the House appropriations defense panel, and John Murtha (D-Pa), the senior Democrat on that subcommittee, say the military has informally told them it wants $80 billion to $100 billion in a war-spending package that the White House is expected to send Congress next year."

Continues AP, "That would be in addition to $50 billion Congress is about to give the Pentagon before lawmakers adjourn for the year for operations in Iraq for the beginning of 2006. Military commanders expect that pot to last through May."

Rep. John Murtha, the 37-year Marine veteran who recently called for US withdrawal from Iraq, predicted, "The American people are not going to put up with it, can't afford it."

All polls now show that the majority of Americans favor US withdrawal from Iraq, and view the Iraq War as a mistake.

This funding request, which will be highly controversial, would be submitted to Congress by the Bush Administration in early 2006, just as all House members and one-third of the Senate are preparing their November 2006 reelection campaigns. Many Republican lawmakers fear supporting the Iraq War in an election year.

AP analyzes Republican lawmakers' dilemma as follows: "On one hand, GOP leaders could choose to sign off on the enormous amount of money and anger fiscally conservative base voters who elected them to rein in government spending. Or, they could slice the Pentagon's request and leave themselves vulnerable to criticism that they are failing to support troops during wartime."

Or here's another suggestion.......follow the desire of the American electorate, and withdraw from Iraq, bring our troops home, and take care of our own fellow Americans, including still-homeless Katrina victims, before we spend $500 billion in Iraq.

I pray that Rep. Murtha is correct.....that if Congress won't stop irresponsible overseas spending, that at least the American people have the anger-fueled guts to stand up and shout "We're mad as hell, and we're not going to take this anymore!" And that they vote their anger!
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