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President Obama to Request Another $33 Billion for Unpopular Wars

Posted by Derrick Crowe on January 13th, 2010

The Associated Press reports that President Obama “plans to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion” to fight the unpopular Iraq and Afghanistan wars, “on top of a record request for $708 billion for the Defense Department next year.”

This request comes in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, at a time when our country can least afford it. Economist Dean Baker recently pointed out that “in standard economic models, defense spending is a direct drain on the economy, reducing efficiency, slowing growth” and costing huge numbers jobs. These costs are so significant that President Obama felt the need to include mention of them when he announced his most recent decision to add more troops in Afghanistan.

We can’t afford more open-ended, economically damaging spending on these unpopular wars.

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  1. tomeg42 says:

    The more I think about all the people that are out of work and the people that are going to be out of work because of the reckless spending that is happening because of these two wars is really pissing me off. Any person with half a brain would see that to continue this war in Afghanistan is economic suicide. Our politicians will never learn anything from history will they? They will make the same mistakes that have being made for centuries that you cannot win a war in this country.

    What we really should do is allow for our enemies to use Afghanistan as their home base at the least this way we would have a way of monitoring them. We won't need an entire army to do that which would save all kinds of money. I'm tired of hearing these politicians saying that they will spend what ever it takes to keep us safe. No, that thinking is so misguided. What needs to be done is for these pols. to be penny wise from now on and no longer nickel foolish as they have been for nearly 10 years now. We have the ability to follow their activities from a central base much easier then what we have right now. Bring our troops home and use some of the savings to take care of them for they have earned it!!!

  2. Mxlplkt says:

    Mr. Smith, I don't know if you're a liar or merely an idiot. We had laissez faire capitalism in these United States from the end of the Civil War until more or less 1932. Most people worked 100 hours a week when they could find a job. And there was a depression every 20 years. People who for one reason or another couldn't work had starvation as their leading cause of death in the summer and exposure in the winter. Laissez Faire capitalism tends to concentrate wealth in very few hands. It has been enforced throughout central and south America until just recently. It is the reason for such widespread poverty there. It is the reason for the continuous violent revolutions by poverty stricken peasants. It is the reason Chavez and his cronies have taken power in their respective countries. It is the reason the Castro brothers were able to take Cuba. It doesn't work. I'll take European capitalism any time.

  3. Finkel says:

    Perhaps,the attack on the U.S. on 9/11/01 was the pain and outrage
    coming back to these parts for all the pain and destruction brought about by a disembodied,soul-robbed paradigm that is still operative,but is no longer functional or relevant to our time.
    Perhaps the action and response to that attack was a test of human evolution. Our response was a failure of that momentous,critical moment of this country. When will someone understand that someone has to take a risk of love,heart and understanding!
    Is it so idealistic to expect our Chief Executive to have integrity and
    humanity and to make choices and govern from that place?.
    Do you all remember the agenda candidate Obama offered in his campaign,he explicitly said it IS US,WE the people–the Public that will show him the way! I believe at this time perhaps in all of our magnificent conflictual expressions of opinion and outrage and longing expressed on these magnificent pages,there is a way.
    We must continue to use this technology and our freedom in this country to express ourselves to create a Critical Mass for change!
    I do believe holding the paradox is the way…
    And I believe of all the people who have held the post as President of this country Obama is the only one in my comprehensive political
    life,who seems to have the emotional and intellectual maturity to do so.
    It's just his first year. Give him a chance! Give us a chance!!

    How do we come together and make our ideas,based on our heartfelt needs heard in a comprehensive way so we can be in dialogue with Obama?

  4. maggiemagnolia says:

    Do I bother writing here? Will it make any difference? I hate what our government is doing. It does not represent my feelings. I want us out of these countries if we are waging war. If we were to be doing peaceful activities and helping to generate good will, that would be different. I think that is possible though. Many of us feel this way and need to let others know. A new world is possible.

  5. william T. Collins says:

    Bring our troops home.Mr. Presd. you do not have a clear path to bringing them home.all of the military has to do is tell you in 2011 that it is not save at this time ,to leave. Or they will give you some other lame excuse to prevent you from bringing them home.hoe far wilo you go in supporting these wars. Must we go bankrupt.Why not used the troops in the homeland security.Ode hundred trops wow. We are fighting 2 wars and one insurgent can come across our borders with atomic bomb and cause such irreparable damage and thosands of deaths.In addition theses wars are a cause of our economy

  6. At least one good thing, …ummm, maybe two. The drone aircraft scheduled to be deployed in Afghanistan, is now being sent to Haiti. So now it will serve to save lives instead of destroying them. I'll have to say it's a pretty decent effort by Obama and the US coming to the aid of Haiti, …sending that state-of-the-art hospital ship and 10,000 troops to help disperse much material aid. Gee, wouldn't it be nice if all the armies in the world's primary function was to serve humanity like that, instead of focusing on destroying it. That's what armies should really be for, …there's no reason they should be for anything else. No reason at all…
    And, it's too bad we didn't invest all this money and resource before the earthquake instead of after the fact. It probably would have even cost us less to have given them safe homes and some sense of a chance at life, and Love, and laughing children.
    And no, …selfishness is universal, …this isn't the US's fault alone, it's the failure of the world as well that we haven't the human decency to take care of our own children. Human beings are the only form of life this earth has ever known that has broken the bonds of stagnation and self. We have a unique choice and a chance, …the ability to think, reason, and rise up from the violence that has surrounded us since time began. I saw a crow once on the side of the road, …he was looking down at a dying creature and cocking his head back and forth. It was as if he was trying to understand something, …maybe something he should feel, but you could see, he just didn't get it. Will we remain as crows, or will we learn to care for each other and continue the path our evolution must take to survive.

  7. sam says:

    Please don't be duped. The earthquake in Haiti was caused by the US government. They were testing weather control systems.

    Also the war on terror is as FAKE as the war on drugs. The central bankers intelligence arms (CIA, MI6, Mossad) are the REAL terrorists and drug runners.

    When will we WAKE UP!!

    The 'monetary system' is the root cause of all our problems and luckily it is obsolete.

    Humans need food, water, clothing, shelter, education, medicine, energy, transportation. We have ALL the resources and knowledge to provide all that and more in abundance for everyone on earth.

    Any system that doesn't have that as its primary focus is detrimental to humans. Mankind must evolve beyond 'monetary systems' (which only create haves and have nots) to a system where we SHARE all resources and technology.

  8. Brenda says:

    Stop the death and destruction. We get enough of that through natural disasters.

  9. penwel says:

    AH MONEY! The shame on the Human race. Has money replaced our Gods, our very selves for sale to the highest bidder? Has money replaced Human dignity? Since the time Jesus Christ chased the money changers from the temple? Hasn't it corrupted the temple too? Money is a needed commodity we honestly labor for wages to barter sustenance in life for Human survival. But in these modern times, the age of enlightenment. The all mighty buck has turned all our lights off. We are now climbing a dark mountain of money to the other side of the mountain looking for more money. Our caregivers are too caring, giving away money like recycled newspaper. Obama and company have reached the other side of the dark money mountain to nowhere. I hope and pray they don't take America and us with them ! …
    PS: Has anyone change for a buck? sorry, I have only a few pennies too !!!

  10. penwel says:

    Dear Sam: I'd say we have awakened. We just haven't turned the alarm off yet !…

  11. penwel says:

    DEAR MAGGIEMAGNOLIA: YOUR POST ON GOVERNMENT INCOMPETENCE CONCERNING HUMAN DIGNITY AND CARING RATHER THAN INVOLVEMENT IN FOREIGN WARS ON FOREIGN SOIL. IS RIGHT ON MARK. AS WE HAVE LEARNED, GOVERNMENTS DON'T USUALLY DO WHAT IS BEST FOR A COUNTRY, OR ITS PEOPLE. GOVERNMENTS ARE POWER POLITICS. MOST OF THIS WORLDS GOVERNING POWERS WE WOULDN'T CARE TO Be INVOLVED WITH. MY 88 YEARS EXPERIENCE AS AN AMERICAN BORN CITIZEN, VETERAN. NEVER GIVE UP ON AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, NOR AMERICA. BUT THAT DOESN'T SAY WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOUDN'T MONITOR THE POWERS WE ELECT INTO PUBLIC OFFICE CONSIDERING HUMAN STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESS. WE WILL ALWAYS UNKNOWINGLY ELECT THE WORST OF THE CROP AT TIMES. AND ONLY LEARN LATER OUR MISTAKES. WITH OUR U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, GIVEN TO US FOR POSTERITY BY OUR FOREFATHERS, THE FOUNDERS OF AMERICA. WE HAVE THE RIGHTS TO CHANGE ANY POLITICAL FIGURE WE ELECT INTO GOVERNMENT WHO MIGHT NOT NOT HOLD THE STANDARDS, REPUTATION, OR OTHER, TO GOVERN AMERICA AND HOLD AMERICAN IDEALS ABOVE ALL POLITiCAL OFFICE AND SELF!

  12. grady says:

    What happened to the promise Obama made not to spend more money on an open ended war that has nothing to do with America? The threat of a few terrorists attacking us does not call for such an unsustainable amount of money or lost lives. We would be better
    off removing all of our troups and spending money reinforcing our borders with fences and soldiers to patrol them and ocean fronts with a strong naval presence. So much of this money could be used to profide new industries and jobs for Americans, better schools, housing, and health care for everyone. This war benefits no one except the big business war machine. Look at the obscene amount of money Haliburton, and Kellogg, Root and Brown (Dick Cheney's former employer,) and Blackwater have made to name a but a few…

  13. Geez…, There's only ten 'likes' in here out of 61 comments so far, …and three of those are mine. What's up with that? If you believe in someone's statements, please try to support them and give them inspiration to carry on. Perhaps in addition to offering our own views, it would be very helpful to spend some allocated time to actively support people (and organizations), that are saying the right things. That's what it's all about, finding our common human thread and working together, …and for each other to change the world, …right?

  14. pamelajoy says:

    Grateful Child,
    I am with you on that and very much want to speak to some of what you said,particularly,the dead bird and crow metaphor!

    Let us keep talking in order to work towards creating some kind of critical mass aligned in right action and comprehensive understanding….. I will be in touch with more ideas on this site!
    Gratefully,
    Finkel

  15. d.r says:

    this is outrageous. we need to think pashtunwali: the tribal code of afghanistan. we need to get out of afganistan, leave it the pashtuns; and the pashtuns to the government. what's not to get? rethink afghanistan

  16. Finkel says:

    O.K., but first let's remember the senseless attack and senseless war in Afghan. was a talionic response…a revenge response to an idea, a strategy called terrorism…It is my humble opinion that we need to remember….Bush and Co. walked out on the World Conference at Durbin,which proceeded the attack on this country!

    That thread needs to be picked up and rethreaded to support a logical and grounded movement forward to transform this senseless course we are on…which is destroying not only necessary resouces,but also our Humanity!!!!

  17. “The essence of what exists in the U.S. is not democracy but capitalism-imperialism and political structures to enforce that capitalism-imperialism. What the U.S. spreads around the world is not democracy, but imperialism and political structures to enforce that imperialism.” – Bob Avakian

    troops to bring aid? i think we’ve heard that one before . . .

  18. Electra Teodosiadis says:

    This unlimited defense spending is not only a great drain on the U.S. economy but a contributing factor in the decline of our nation.

  19. gwane says:

    The President had promised to make cuts, so President Obama has announced a partial spending freeze on discretionary spending. He hasn't released many details, but he indicates that he will save $250 billion over three years, and the details will be released in the Federal Budget, due out soon, and also the State of the Union address that is upcoming. Federal debt is currently 80% of GDP – so Congress will need payday loans to keep open before long.

  20. untitled06 says:

    well,the proof is in the pudding….we except these things because of the nature of the beast.if you watch the discovery channel you can see how the wild performs it's task.it is human nature to want to have it all,and at any cost.when a baby cries it wants something to stop the baby from crying you need to either feed the baby or change it's dyper or maybe it breast feeds and wants a nibble.that would usually stop the baby from crying.like the commercial on espn when the dog can't stop worrying about it's bone.it baffles me because i've seen it all.the drug usage was evident.we all agree to pay millions and billions for these activities and the effects are astonishing to watch.so my question would be why do we praise and cheer when in direct proportion we critizize and want to slap on the hand.it's absolutely pathetic.i've seen horses using lasex to help win races and sports athletes using performance enhancing drugs and i sure know how hard you have to work without these scenarios to get the kind of performance we all watch everyday.

  21. untitled06 says:

    your doing a good job i read the statements and a hot bath or shower usually is good for the soul,try reading a good book or the uncle henry's.did you see koby bryant and his amazing agility against the nuggets.you can't really change anything.you just have to take it and like it like my government has taught me.and try to be happy with what you have and be greatfull and believe in “jesus” i always make sure i tell him i love him everyday.the only thing i would like to change is having more privilages to help grow the economy in my neck of the woods.this is how my life works.a.”you shouldn't talk to loudly”b.no monetary policies c.you work real hard and the rewards are not allowed to be in direct proportion with the effort.therefore if we went out together on a job and you watched me as i produced 10,000 in goods and services.you tell me here,”i got the cash” you get 88 dollars and i keep 9,912 for me.that has been the story of my life involving my great president.so the 22 million in american currency i produced was shortly rewarded by doing the math the formula would be the house wins and the worker loses.you have no say and are not allowed to be part of my organization unless you want to be told what to do and have the “shit”put to you all the time evrytime i feel like harrasing you.if we were a team and you helped me and we earned 22 million i would give you half minus the cost of the bills to produce the production.so i figure using a simple generous formula that my government owes me about 7 million dollars to set my employment record straight and the relationship we once had.

  22. untitled06 says:

    what are you talking about the earthquake and sunami's have been the direct result of humans messing up the earth.testing a new technique called “premeditated pronumtious ingnoritism”,since you have typed your scenario/opinion.my opinion is the koreans have found a system to take lives by using the earth,the water and the train channel to channel destruction to destroy in the path of the initial premeditated striking sites.it's simple,thers a few ways to create what's been happening,1st by drilling holes in the earth at certain locations and degitnating what refered to as” silent devastation”don't think for a new york minute that some of these catstrophies havn't occured by the effects of this scenario.secondly the direct controlling of weather-patterns.

  23. untitled06 says:

    wht is my government making all the wrong choices here in maine and new hampshire.?

  24. untitled06 says:

    are you sure we should not be paranoid about this scenario of redirecting change.maybe with all the devistation that has been cuased by my brain scenarios have redirected themselve in a psychological format pattern of destruction.with all the corruption going on anything can be thought of on the long hall or short winded throughout humanities triles and tribulations.or maybe there are too many people taking the wrong path and we could be viewed and or seen as beeing in denial.the problem is “i need the key to the minting machines and the printing presses.and to apply a new formula to begin the change evryone was pomised!!!!

  25. untitled06 says:

    beer is good,your all hooked and people are crazy,and to all a happy new year and i'll leave the light on…….quick….. duck….. it's the defficit!

  26. untitled06 says:

    have a good night.

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