Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Obama keeps Afghan war spending, Iraq costs down"

President Barack Obama on Monday proposed spending almost $110 billion on Afghanistan, signaling little let-up in the U.S. war drive despite demands for tougher spending controls at home.

Obama, in his budget for the 2012 fiscal year, proposed spending just $16 billion in Iraq -- a significant decrease as U.S. diplomats take over from combat troops under a security agreement between the two countries.

Obama had put total U.S. war costs in both countries at about $160 billion in budget requests for both 2010 and 2011.
The peak for U.S. war funding in recent years was fiscal year 2008, the last year in office of Obama's Republican predecessor George W. Bush's last year in office, when spending on war operations hit $185 billion.

Overall, the Iraq war has still been more costly than the Afghan conflict that began after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. MORE...
Howie P.S.: Last year, Veteran's Today had a story, Pakistan: ‘Stop the War’ in Afghanistan, about the Pakistani-based "Coalition of Conscience." Their basic principle:
The foreign presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan is part of problem rather than the solution...

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