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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 01:29 PM
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Pentagon seeks 190 billion dollars for Iraq, Afghanistan
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070926/ts_alt_afp/usmilit...

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is seeking nearly 190 billion dollars to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008, the largest war funding request ever in the six-year-old "war on terror," the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Gates was scheduled to testify later before a Senate committee on the request, which was 42.3 billion dollars greater than the administration's estimate when it presented its 2008 budget request in February.

"This additional 42.3 billion dollars puts us at just under 190 billion dollars for the global war on terror supplemental request for 2008 -- 189.3 billion dollars," said Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary.

The increase was needed in part to cover the cost of maintaining the so-called surge in US forces at least through July 2008, as well as to buy mine-resistant armored vehicles known as MRAPs.

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Hydra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 01:31 PM
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1. Everyone get out your checkbooks
Bush wants to steal from us again, and probably will get away with it.
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 01:32 PM
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2. And of course this should be followed up with
- a tax cut
- reduction in social security benefits
- closure of VA hosptials
- and absolutely no call for chickenhawks to sacrifice anything

Christian Conservative Republican values at their best.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 01:32 PM
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3. And, they'll get it. "Support the troops" ya' know.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 01:33 PM
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4. What is there to say
about something so obscene? Thru next July, eh? Like I believe that. They'll be back asking for an emergency supplemental by Feb.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 01:35 PM
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7. and people bitch about helping natural disaster victims
but don't blush at this shit.

unreal.
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 01:34 PM
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5. but we cant spend 1% of that for childens healthcare
:grr:
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 01:34 PM
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6. Hmmm, gee, could the extra, "42.3 billion" be whats needed
for forays into Iran? Nah, no way, couldn't be.
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 01:38 PM
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8. And is that extra $42.3 billion for IRAN?
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sicksicksick_N_tired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 01:40 PM
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9. Yes. eom
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 01:43 PM
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10. Taxpayers: empty your pockets.
Got anything else than a bunch of big IOUs in there?

Thought so... Maybe Congress should know that by now? :shrug:
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 01:44 PM
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11. Okay, it is TIME that we send letters of termination to Nancy
and the rest of that enabling crowd.

That's the least of what would happen to us if we were ever caught enabling anyone to steal from our bosses. And make no mistake, we ARE supposed to be their bosses.
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sicksicksick_N_tired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-26-07 04:41 PM
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12. HAVE WE BECOME SO NUMB THAT $190 BILLION IS NOTHING?
Those fucking profiteers are getting what they want, DROWNING OUR DEMOCRATIC EXISTENCE IN A BATHTUB, and literally turning this nation into an empire with all the poverty and human-imposed horror upon humanity, possible.

ONE HUNDRED NINETY BILLION BILLION BILLION FUCKING DOLLARS!!!!

Can you count that far? Do you take a moment and imagine HOW ON EARTH you could possibly spend that money? Imagine actually "BUYING" entire nations with that kind of money. FUCK!!! You and I could BUY all of Africa and have lots left over to give people potable water!!!!

Are people even CLOSE to compre-fucking-hending this insanity?

My head is exploding, AGAIN!!!! I swear this HAS to be a nightmare. It can NOT be real.
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