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article imageBush Urges Congress To Approve Additional $42 Billion In Funding For Iraq War

By Pamela Jean     Oct 24, 2007 in World
$462 billion and counting. That's the amount taxpayers of the US have spent funding the "War On Terror" in Iraq & Afghanistan. If the recent request is approved by congress, it will bring this years war expense total to $192 billion ($15 billion a month).
As Times Online reports:
"Anita Dancs, the research director at the National Priorities Project, said: “Each year of this war is becoming more and more expensive, draining money available for other needs. For instance, the sums we are spending on Iraq this year would have been enough to provide healthcare for the 44 million Americans without insurance coverage."
In 2003, Bush officials confidently assured the citizens of the US that the cost of the war would equate to approximately $50 billion.
The recent request for an additional $42 billion will be spent on the purchase of additional equipment, such as the reported need for 7,000 more Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, on top of the 8,000 already funded. Such equipment is regarded as urgently needed to protect US troops from deadly roadside bombs which have accounted for many of the 3,830 American servicemen killed in Iraq.
A small portion is allocated for the State Department’s diplomatic missions in the Middle East, but the bulk will used to support military operations.
Congress has delayed approving the additional funds, as the request does not include a binding timetable for the withdrawal of troops.
In what could only be considered a mind boggling coincidence, the funding call came as al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden urged insurgents in Iraq to bury their rivalries and unite against the US-led coalition in an audiotape broadcast this week on the Arabic station Al-Jazeera.
Gosh, seems Osama always shows up just when he is needed most..............
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