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Pentagon budget: $33 billion more for Afghanistan this year

February 2, 2010

While our colleague Ruth Flower reads over the details of budget for fiscal year 2011 that President Obama delivered to Congress on Monday, it looks to me like the broad outlines of the new budget she sketched out in a blog post last week are correct: the president wants to freeze  domestic spending while continuing to allow the Pentagon budget to grow.

The president’s budget request for next year reportedly includes more than a 3 percent increase in the regular Pentagon budget and additional spending of $159 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition, in the budget the president acknowledges he will be asking Congress to immediately approve $33 billion to be spent before September 30, 2010 to send additional military troops to Afghanistan (the Pentagon has already started sending the troops to Afghanistan, but needs the extra money to make it through until September).

I had hoped that, for once, Ruth would be wrong. As usual, my hopes were dashed. The president is proposing to freeze government spending in other areas while allowing the Pentagon budget to continue to grow. FCNL readers will probably have to wait another week or so to get the full figures, but if this analysis is correct then the U.S. will spend another $5 trillion on the military in the next 7 years.

That upwards trend line of military spending is the focus of our new “Nation’s Checkbook” program. In the next few months my colleagues Stephen Donahoe and Ruth hope to work with many of you to convince the budget committees in the House and the Senate to begin a longterm examination of the direction of military spending. Their hope is that these committees could begin to shift money from the military to diplomacy, green jobs, and human needs. You can read more about the campaign here.

5 Comments
  1. February 3, 2010 12:15 am

    Keep after them. What a big disappointment Obama is. Just another servant to the war machine. No one with any vision to see that capitalism has failed totally. No point in propping up the corpse. The only answer is to revalue the dollar. But the money people are unwilling to do that. They depend on the war machine as a way to make money. Obama is spending our Social Security money on the war. That’s how wars have been finanaced ever since WW II. That’s why there’s no money in Social Security to pay out the benefits. But, they don’t care about old people. Jesse Jackson had it right when he made his comment when Obama was a candidate. What a lacky he has turned out to be.

  2. Bob Eck permalink
    February 3, 2010 6:53 am

    Afghanistan is a quagmire… no more lives or National debt…

  3. John Lenting permalink
    February 3, 2010 7:49 am

    As a foward moving country we should focus more on education and the arts instead of supporting destructive wars. Wars have no benefits, only misery. Much warfare in the world can be avoided by the simple provision of social justice. Let us focus on a very strong first defense at our borders and our intelligence community.

  4. February 4, 2010 5:39 pm

    We are going downhill economically, and there is no more money for war.. Social Security has been raided and is now full of a bunch of worthless IOU’s, nothing more. War now is artificial, created by BORROWING money from Communist China…

    I find it ironic that not many years ago, Communists and anyone associated with them was blacklisted, jailed or thrown out of the country, or worse.. Now they are our best friends and most favored trading nation.

    What does Communist China get by lending a bankrupt nation billions a year to keep a war with no end going? Hmmmmm….. could it be making us weaker and more dependent on our banker?

    Since there is no more money in the kitty to ‘borrow’ from taxpayers, the war mongers have now resorted to PRINTING fiat money by the TRILLIONS.. Normally this results in hyper inflation.. I cannot figure out why this is not happening now, as it violates all money rules.

    Bottom line; what ever happened to all of OUR gold and silver in Fort Knox? Remember that this gold was deposited by the PEOPLE who dug it out of the ground with sweat and blood. It was held in trust for us, with gold and silver certificates as proof of this deposit

    .. I am amazed that a Republican President stole all of it with not one small complaint or any riot from the people having all of their wealth stolen from them.

    It truly proves that the pen is mightier than the sword…

  5. Wee Geordie permalink
    February 6, 2010 9:43 pm

    Stop increasing the National Debt to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan; this country cannot and should not attempt to impose any form of government on these countries. It is their choice to make, just as our was.
    And I have to agree with the comment that the dollar will be devalued; it is the last step in the dismal management of our national economy.
    It would be a blessing to see some REAL statesmanship in Washington, not the cowering to corporate and financial interests that has prevailed.

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