Friday, January 22, 2010


....while needs at home go unmet.

From The Hill....

CBO: Troop surge in Afghanistan to cost $36 billion over the next three years

By Roxana Tiron - 01/22/10 07:41 PM ET
The Congressional Budget Office on Friday estimated that President Barack Obama’s plan to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan likely will cost about $36 billion between 2010 and 2013.

CBO estimated the costs of increasing the number of troops in and around Afghanistan from about 70,000 at the end of fiscal year 2009 to about 100,000 by July 2010, averaging 85,000 personnel for fiscal year 2010, according to CBO director Douglas Elemendorf.

“The estimate assumes that the number of troops would begin to decline in August 2011 and that the additional personnel would be fully withdrawn by January 2012,” Elmendorf wrote in a letter to House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.) and the committee’s top Republican, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.).

The Pentagon is also expected to soon request an additional $33 billion on top of the $130 billion in war funds Congress already approved for fiscal 2010.

I hate to admit this....but Ryan is my Representative. I know he's gonna jump at the chance to spend more on defense, 'cause it's fer fightin' them terrists. And we all know fightin' them terrists is more important than making sure every man, woman and child can get affordable health care.

More fuckin' bullshit from the war machine!


RealityZone said...

Do not feel bad my friend. I am in Arizona. Mc Cain, Kyl country. LOL. Now with the SCOTUS ruling the MIC is home free to ensure endless wars without borders.

mikeb302000 said...

I agree it is bullshit. Obama is turning out to be just like his puppet predecessors.

Distributorcap said...

how can 535 people in congress and the few dozen in the WH be so wrong so often?

by the time this "War" ends the us will be in chapter 7

charlie ehlen said...

It is all just endless wars for endless profits for the damn war industries. They "need" those obscene profits and big bonus checks.
Smedley Butler was right when he said back in 1933, we need to take the profit out of war.
Let all those damn war lovers go to the front lines first. That might make for fewer wars.
Just my 2 cents.