White House sends $60 billion war-funding request to Congress

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foiegras wrote:

Funding may be down but from where I sit at Raytheon things are still looking good. Keep transferring those middle class tax dollars up here to the 3%. Go offshore with moo-la. Sitting pretty as long as it lasts…

Jun 26, 2014 6:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:

Remember when the GOP rubber-stamped EVERY bush/cheney war expense and put them on the credit card? yeah, good times…

Jun 26, 2014 7:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
highfive wrote:

Get the hell out of Afghanistan.

Jun 26, 2014 8:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SeaWa wrote:

You mean the Republicans are going to make waves with a reduced budget request?! What jerks.

Jun 26, 2014 8:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
oneof7billion wrote:

I guess we’re just always at war now. This seems to be the accepted state of affairs.

The military industrial complex still humming along nicely.

Jun 26, 2014 9:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gregio wrote:

The congress should immediately empower a blue ribbon panel of military and state department experts to review our policies/goals/ exit straegy
for Afganistan. If said panel see’s an impending flaw in the POTUS endgame as was the case in Iraq, they can recommend a more prudent course of action and the information can be leveraged and tied to the funding plan. At least we will have some senior opinions rather than the usual poll driven brilliance we are used to.

Jun 26, 2014 9:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sspider wrote:

$60 billion better spent securing our leaky borders, at home. Suporting one side, or the other, in Syria, is a big mistake. Let them work it out.

Jun 26, 2014 9:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carnivalchaos wrote:

Representative Buck McKeon, Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee…warned: “Congress is not a rubber stamp.”

Of course they are. Just not for the President. They’re a rubber stamp for the Koch Brothers.

Jun 26, 2014 9:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carnivalchaos wrote:

gregio: This may come as a shock, but there’s no need for your panel. Obama’s already conferred with his generals on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. There was nothing wrong with the way Obama withdrew US troops from Iraq. In fact, not only did he do everything right, but really Iraq didn’t give us any other option. Maybe you don’t know about that.

If you do any serious reading on Iraq, you’ll know by now that the problem isn’t with our withdrawal. It’s with our invasion. Not only did the Bush Administration lie to us about the reasons for going into Iraq, but the whole affair was a disaster. It made America less safe; sacrificed 4,500 US troops and trillions of dollars; empowered Iran; gave al Qaeda another country to work out of; and destabilized the entire region. If you really care about our country and its best interests, and if you really care about the truth, you need to be directing your ire at Bush, his administration, and the Republican Party that slam dunked the entire mess down our throats.

Jun 26, 2014 9:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hahahappy wrote:

Oh Snap!!

Jun 26, 2014 10:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JPHR wrote:

Obama acts like the NRA: Seems to think that he can find a good guy with a gun to stop the bad guy, but still ignores the act that the US not only allowed but encouraged Saudi Arabia to fund ISIL.

The US is ending up now to arm supposedly moderate rebels to fight extreme Sunni ISIL armed with American arms obtained in Iraq.

Guess Assad can wait till Obama’s moderates and Saudi’s ISIL have killed off each other.

Jun 27, 2014 10:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rlm328 wrote:

To carnivalchaos:

The Koch brothers are pikers compared to DNC donor Steyer, talk about buying your elections.

The reason we didn’t leave any troops in Iraq is that everytime we thought we had a Status agreement this administration would lower the troop deployment number to the point it was meaningless. Leaving troops in europe and Japan after WWII worked very well in stabalizing the regions. In fact post WWII is the longest period in their history where they have not been at each other’s throats, coincidence, I do not think so.

Was it costly? No not in comparison to another war, and if you think Americans are war weary now how do you think they felt in 1945? Pax Americana has been proven to work.

Jun 27, 2014 11:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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