BUSH ADMINISTRATION SEEKS $245B FOR WARS
By Andrew Taylor
The Bush administration will ask for another $100 billion for military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan this year and seek $145 billion for 2008, a senior administration official said Friday. (Believe me, there's more. Click here.)
The requests Monday, to accompany President Bush's budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, would bring the total appropriations for 2007 to about $170 billion, with a slight decline the following year.
The additional request for the current year includes $93.4 billion for the Pentagon '" on top of $70 billion approved by Congress in September '" and is about $6 billion less than the Pentagon's request to the White House budget office.
Bowing to pressure from Congress, the administration will also break down the $145 billion request for next year into detailed form.
For 2009, the White House assumes spending will be down to $50 billion, with no funding planned beyond then in hopes the war in Iraq will have wound down.
(HOLD IT! Stop right there. In hopes the war in Iraq will have wound down by 2009? The only way that will happen under the U.S.'s current full bore, maverick warmonger mode is if Iraq is completely annihilated in its role as a staging ground for Bush's war against Iran. Presumably that would qualify as the war in Iraq having wound down. These are not miscalculations. These are lies! Bald-faced, blatant lies. Who will stand up and call them on this? Russ "I think I'll vote with the GOP on this one" Feingold? Who will channel Paul Wellstone and say the words: "This budget is a lie.")
Bush has said his five-year plan will bring a balanced budget by 2012, but the claim has met with some skepticism from Democrats since the White House has declined to forecast long-term war costs.
(STOP! " . . . met with some skepticism from Democrats . . . ???" You gotta be kidding me! If the Democrats have truly rediscovered their collective spine, that sentence should read, "Bush's claim that the budget will be balanced by 2012 brought furious members of Congress to their feet, and there were cries of 'You, sir, are lying. Lying. LYING.'" Who will speak boldly on behalf of the citizens of America'"and Iraq and Iran and Syria and, and, and? For six years, this has not been a representative government by almost any definition. We are fed up and rising and we need to SAY SO. Yes, there was the election. But that was nearly three months ago and the bloom is off the rose. Citizens cannot simply sit back and expect our elected officials to do all the work for us. I am SO SICK of this. And yes, I am shouting. So should you. So should all of us!)
There's more to the article. Follow the link. Then follow your nose. This stinks of Bush, Cheney, Rove and yes, Rumsfeld even now, and the stench grows stronger every day.