Obama Wants $708 Billion For Bush’s Wars Next Year

by Ben Hoffman

WASHINGTON — 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.
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$708 billion comes out to $2,329 per person in the United States. Think about if the wars weren’t being paid for on credit but instead we had to ante up the money every year. We would have been out of there a long time ago.

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9 Comments to “Obama Wants $708 Billion For Bush’s Wars Next Year”

  1. Mr. Hoffman,

    Go on the record about the Afghanistan war. This was the ” good war ” according to your heroes the Democrats. Are you saying that Obama is wrong for spending $33 billion more there? Are you like the woman trying to get Uncle Teddy’s seat and think there are no terrorists in Afghanistan?

    • [Go on the record about the Afghanistan war. This was the ” good war ” according to your heroes the Democrats. Are you saying that Obama is wrong for spending $33 billion more there?]

      There you go again, making stuff up.

      First of all, democrats aren’t my heroes. Unlike right-wingers, we don’t make heroes out of politicians and pundits.

      Second, there are no good wars. There are necessary wars and unnecessary wars. Afghanistan was a necessary war, but because there were incompetent people in charge, we’re still fighting it eight years later.

      I can understand why Obama is spending more in Afghanistan. It would be political suicide if he didn’t do what the generals asked. And it would mean abandoning the people of Afghanistan, who have gained very little from our occupation and the $100s of billions we’ve spent there.

  2. Mr. Hoffman,

    “There are necessary wars and unnecessary wars. Afghanistan was a necessary war, but because there were incompetent people in charge, we’re still fighting it eight years later.”

    So now that President Obama is in charge, we are finally going to win, right? If for some strange reason Obama loses in Afghanistan, it will still be Bush and Cheney’s fault, right, but if he wins it will be Obama’s victory, right? I mean I already know this, but I want to confirm it.

  3. All he has to say to the Joint Chiefs is “Tell the Boys to pack up and come home because were done.”. Would that be a fiasco. Yup, definately. But he has the power, and authority, to do exactly that. He can pull out the troops with a single order ending both the wars. He has choosen not to do so. I my opinion that now makes them his wars as well. For the record I personnaly consider them America’s wars but that’s beside the point. When in do you belive it would be “his war”? 2013? 2014? 2015? I’m not sure when the statue of limitations of “all that is bad is Bush’s issue” is, but I hope it is soon. First day in the Army I learned that when you’re in charge you take charge. If it’s not the President’s war than he needs to take charge a make the call and end it. Other wise, yes it’s his war now.
    As alwyas Ben, thanks for the time in your forum.
    -P.O.T.R

    • [When in do you belive it would be “his war”?]

      It will always be Bush’s war, just like Vietnam was Johnson’s war.

      • I never did see Bush in Iraq. Although for the record he did visit while I was there. I did see Hillary Clinton though. Oh, and Kid Rock. Kid came on Christmas Eve. Nowadays I like Kid Rock more that either of them. I understand the Johnson comment, but my field of reference makes that a bit harder for me to associate.

  4. Mr. Hoffman,

    ” How do you define victory? ”

    How about, we win they lose? Don’t like that one? Too simplistic? How about, when the Islamic Terrorists have been so weakened, so as to not be able to be a serious threat to us from Afghanistan?

    I am very afraid the way your hero President Obama changes the meaning of words, that he will declare a glorious victory while suffering defeat. Maybe at that point even you will scent the fragrance of his bull dust.

  5. If Obama is asking for more money for it, then it’s his war now.

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