Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

U.S. commander stresses importance of funding Iraq security forces

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
 
unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:35 AM
Original message
U.S. commander stresses importance of funding Iraq security forces
U.S. commander stresses importance of funding Iraq security forces
By Ernesto Londoo
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, August 10, 2010; 11:58 AM

BAGHDAD -- The outgoing commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Tuesday that Iraqi security forces will continue to rely heavily on American funding as the U.S. troop drawdown accelerates, forcing them to take on more responsibility.

Gen. Ray Odierno and other American officials have been urging U.S. lawmakers to reconsider plans to substantially cut the amounts the military and State Department have requested for Iraq initiatives next year.

"It's important that we continue to fund the Iraqi security fund so we can make sure they have the foundational capability that we feel comfortable will mitigate the risks associated with U.S. forces leaving," Odierno said in an interview.

Keeping a robust civilian-led U.S. presence as the military ends its combat mission later this month will be costly, but Odierno said it was important to "fund that in such a way where we can continue to engage, continue to develop and continue to have influence in pushing Iraq forward."

The United States has spent roughly $18 billion to date building up Iraqi security forces. In the budget for fiscal year 2011, the Pentagon requested $2 billion for initiatives to further equip and bolster the Iraqi forces.



unhappycamper comment: It's nice to know that someone can rely on American funding as we turn off the lights in our cities, lay off teachers and firemen, reduce food stamps, close libraries and unpave roads in this country.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC