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Obama To Ask Congress For Increase In DOD Funding

January 19, 2010 by  

Obama to ask Congress for increase in DOD funding President Obama is reportedly planning to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press (AP). The request would push the Department of Defense (DOD) annual budget beyond $700 billion for the first time ever.

Most of the additional spending will go toward the escalation of the war in Afghanistan. The Pentagon is currently deploying more than 30,000 troops that the president ordered to the war-torn country late last year.

The current administration plans to relay their war strategy to Congress in February. The news source reports that its central military objectives will include winning the current wars and preventing new conflicts while putting an end to terror operations overseas and at home.

Meanwhile, congressional Republicans who recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan said earlier in the week that the administration’s approach to the war has confused U.S. troops, according to

"We see this preoccupation with prisoners’ rights, both on the foreign battlefield and here at home—it seems to be consuming the administration in the war on terror," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

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  • Time

    Can you say, NOBEL PEACE PRIZE?

    How about them POPPIES? What about that Pipe line? What a putz.

  • Norm

    Maybe we need to borrow even more? Canada and Mexico never get attacked.

    The United States has the largest defense budget in the world. In fiscal year 2010, the Department of Defense has a base budget of $533.8 billion. An additional $130.0 billion was requested for operations in the War on Terrorism. Outside of direct Department of Defense spending, the United States spends another $185–237 billion each year on other defense-related programs, such as Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, nuclear weapons maintenance, and the State Department.

    By service, $225.2 billion was allocated for the Army, $171.7 billion for the Navy and Marine Corps, $160.5 billion for the Air Force and $106.4 billion for defense-wide spending. By function, $154.2 billion was requested for personnel, $283.3 billion for operations and maintenance, $140.1 billion for procurement, $79.1 billion for research and development, $23.9 billion for military construction, and $3.1 billion for family housing.

    In fiscal year 2009, major defense programs also saw continued funding. $4.1 billion was requested for the next generation fighter, F-22 Raptor, which will roll out an additional twenty planes for FY 2009. $6.7 billion was requested for the F-35 Lightning II, which is still in development. Sixteen planes will be built as part of the funding. The Future Combat System program is expected to see $3.6 billion for its development. A total of $12.3 billion was requested for missile defense, which includes Patriot CAP, PAC-3 and SBIRS-High systems. $720 million was also included for a third missile defense site in Europe. $4.2 billion was also requested to continue the aircraft carrier replacement program. With the addition of AFRICOM, $389 million was requested to develop and maintain the new command.

    Historically, defense-related spending in the United States is at its highest inflation-adjusted level since World War II. Per-capita spending is at approximately the same inflation-adjusted level as the peak of the late-1980s Cold War military build-up and the 1968 peak of the Vietnam War. In his most-recent budget, President Obama has proposed gradually decreasing Department of Defense spending by 15% over the next five years, from a peak of $675 billion (2009 dollars) in FY2010 to $575 billion (2009 dollars) in FY2014.

  • Robert

    I have a solution. Pull out all our troops from Iraq and Afghanstan, then drop the big one on both of them. A few nukes aren’t going to cost billions. Only kidding, but we need to get out of both these countries and leave a real message backed by action. “You SOB radicals attack us and kiss your _ _ _ es goodby, we’ll anilalte each and every one of you and your spineless, double crossing kin.” Then back it up with action. Wishfull thinking, but we have a spineless President in the White House.

  • eddie47d

    Robert, That was a fairly spinless comment. What do you do to your kids when they mis-behave? Do you beat them until they get the message or do you just nuke them?

    • American Citizen

      Your kids are not going to attack you and your neighbors, at least I hope not. That is not a good analogy. With terrorists, you are dealing with idiots who have been brainwashed into hating us just because we are. There is no reasoning with people like them. They only understand violence. How would you deal with that? As far as I’m concerned, Robert is right, give them the message “You attack us, you’ll get it back in spades.” I think they’ve gotten the message since 9/11, but they need to hear it again. It’s time we bring our boys and girls home and let those countries fend for themselves.

      • http://Don'thaveone Sally

        Its really simple, do what France did. They put out a notice to all muslims, if you commit one terrost attack or disturbance in France, all visas, living permits etc. will be revolked and you all will be sent home. (There is a huge amount of muslims that have moved into France) There is also a large number of Turks that have moved into Germany and Europe, however, even though they are muslims, number 1 they are not arabs and No. 2 no terrorist has ever come from Turkey.

        • Dennis

          Yea, that would work until they overpopulate the country. They are populating eight to there one, and ours for that matter.

    • Robert

      My kids are grown adults with children. When they mis-behaved there were consequences, not beatings but something worse. I let them know that I was very sad because they had disappointed me and I know hey were capable of doing better. Consequences might be not be able to go outside and play with friends after school, No TV, toys etc. Punishment fit the inappropriate action. After the punishment, then we all had a family sit down and talked about the lessons learned. Sometimes I had to agree with the children that the punishment wasn’t fair as compared to the misbehavior. Then they could come up with a punishment for me. Later on in life, both my children are bringing up their kids with somewhat similar values. Reward for good behavior and consequences for bad behavior. The grandchildren are learning respect the old fashion way. A smack on the bottom did occur once in a while and when it was absolutely warranted. I recall one situation where my son called his mother a bitch. He was 9 and got a smack in the can. Not hard but he knew right then he was wrong and said he was sorry. He never disrespected his mother again. It also helped that many of my kids aunts, uncles, grandparents, great aunts and uncles and great grandparents helped reinforce the basic interpersonal skills a child needs to developed at an early age. It also didn’t hurt that many their extended family were in law enforcement and honorably served their country in the military. One thing I know about my kids and grandchildren, they’ll never strap a bomb to themselves and blow innocent people up or harm another human being. Can you say that about those animals you seem to have sympathy for? Well do you? You feeling lucky today Punk?

  • http://Don'thaveone Sally

    Remember his campaign promise – lie No. ? Close down Iraq and move those troops to Afganistan – and then later on he said we would be out of both territories by July 2010. Hmmmmmmmm but boy he can bash Bush on continuing the war.

  • Warrior

    I think O finally understands the dynamics of the territory. Now that he has gotten up to speed on what the threats and prospects for the entire middle east area are, it’s kinda differing from his simplistic campaign view. Not suprised. However, I was at a seminar last month in which the Navy and Army reps gave some presentations on their plans for upcoming spending. A few of us had a discussion about their budget process and it was interesting to learn that as they get closer to year end budget, and it appears they may not spend their allocation, they go on a buying spree and just warehouse items. I’ve experienced this behavior by some management people before and am amazed by it. I think this attitude permeates the entire government sector.

    • http://Don'thaveone Sally

      You are absolutely right. My husband was on the Omega Project back in the 60′s which was Navy and if he didn’t spend his allotment, then not only did he loose the funds but the next year his allotent was cut so he made alot of browny points by giving it the Navy Admiral in Panama where we were. Of all the allocations, the Navy always got the least and the airforce normally got the most however, I noted that the budget at the top the Army is now getting the most. I don’t ever down the budget to the military as that is one of the jobs that our government is supposed to do, and that is keep us safe, which right at the moment they aren’t doing a very good job. I really think however, Homeland Security is a farst.

      • Dennis

        Sally I agree with you, I’ve always said that the cost to protect this country and it’s people is money well spent. I also agree that their not spending it very well these days to protect this country. I believe Obama wants the attacks to happen so he can claim Marshall Law, he needs an excuse to claim it. Deceiving us once again, saying they need to protect us from ourselves.

        • denniso

          You are really a fool,and playing into the hands of the terrorists and enemies of our country. They are very pleased to read crap like you and others are spouting because it helps split the country and do the dirty work for the terrorists. Good job,traitor.

  • Norm
    • Robert

      Read the article. Authored by Rick Rozoff
      Rick Rozoff has been involved in anti-war and anti-interventionist work in various capacities for forty years. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. Is the manager of Stop NATO international.
      Does this mean you agree with him? I surely dont.

  • J C

    Like all Presidents, he lied. Or perhaps it would be more fair to say he “changed” his mind. Having the US stay in a war, any war, for a long term serves the global agenda on a number of levels. So we might as well get used to it. (Or vote them all out)

    • Dennis

      I’ll take the vote them all out part. Look what just happened in Mass. :-) i love it LMFAO ;-)

      • J C

        I’m loving it too! Go Brown!

        • Norm

          I live 50 miles from the Mass. border. Brown is an old style Republican not a NeoCon. He does not like the current health care proposals because Mass. already has a 98% rate of insured citizens. He and former governor MITT ROMNEY, would you belive, put that one together. Brown stated that Mass. should not be made to pay for other states to have what it alread has. Makes sense.

          • denniso

            Brown doesn’t soud at all like a staunch guess is that the rightwingers may not be too happy w/ him soon. He also said that Americans need health insurance,and that he is not owned by anyone. Hint,hint…


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