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article imageCosts of Libyan war now 50 percent higher than projected

By Michael Krebs     Jun 10, 2011 in World
As the US economic recovery remains fragile and with reports emerging of US air strikes increasing in Yemen, a Pentagon memo revealed that the costs of the war in Libya have skyrocketed.
In a Pentagon memo obtained by the Financial Times, US military operations in the Libyan civil war are said to cost hundreds of millions more than was originally stated publicly in March.
The March figures on the Libyan war investment released by the Department of Defense put the costs at roughly $40 million a month, but the new figures that have been circulating through both congressional chambers put the war's cost at $60 million a month, according to the Financial Times report issued on Thursday.
The revelation of a 50 percent increase in the US military's Libyan operations presents another challenge for the Obama administration, as there is growing concern in Congress and among American voters that the war in Libya does not appear to have an end goal and that President Obama needs congressional consent to continue operations there.
A Fox News poll published on Thursday found that 58 percent of Americans oppose the war in Libya. Nearly 60 percent of those polled also believe Obama should get consent from Congress to move forward in Libya.
Congressional opposition to President Obama's insistence that he does not need their consent increased this week, beyond the House rebuke. Two senators have now publicly insisted Mr. Obama seek congressional consent for continued Libyan operations, according to the Washington Post.
The higher costs of the Libyan operation also come during a sputtering US economic recovery and among reports of US military expansion in Yemen. The Obama administration has authorized a growing number of covert air strikes in Yemen, The New York Times revealed on Wednesday.
The Department of Defense declined to comment on the new Libyan war figures.
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