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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. wyyynona says:

    OMG! Is he crazy?! Just how are we going to afford that? If we approve that mess, American will never survive! Snd do you really think other countries would come to our aid?! HELL NO!

  2. noinfo says:

    Obviously we are fighting something greater than Al Queda .over there. On some level we are not being told about this is a resource war. All of Obama”s talk about redoing the economy was just talk. The guy has become a disappointment.

  3. noinfo says:

    Madness continues. Obama has been sucked in. It will take a President beholden to few to change our involvements.

  4. duppyconqueror says:

    Ya gotta get your mind out of “what we can afford” that's the imperialist logic that Obama is so good at training people in. how about the lives of the people of afghanistan? how about all the damage this war continues to do to them? isn't that what we should be focusing on?

  5. dcrowe says:

    I totally agree that the human cost is the most important. We have to make all the arguments, though.

  6. fifthworld says:

    Here's a critical issue: never has American naivete and denial been on such ghastly display as with the (now minority's) continued, obstinate, and baseless support for brand Obama!

  7. Mary says:

    This war must stop! People on earth must stop overconsumption of the earth's resources, for the sake of the animals, plants and all living beings.

  8. trel says:

    What's the matter with you people!!! Certain individuals need the drug money! Leave them alone!

  9. Mxlplkt says:

    Obama is doing just what he said he'd do. He's governing from the center. The American center, that is. That is why I voted for Kucinich in the primary. But anyone who implies I should vote for a Re-Nazi-can because Obama's results have been lackluster is barking up the wrong tree. Obama isn't so good. But unfortunately, he's the best we have right now.

  10. karenhaggerty says:

    PRESIDENT OBAMA.
    I HAVE NOTHING BUT ADMIRATION FOR YOU. YOU ARE ALL THE HOPE WE HAVE WAITED FOR.
    PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU REMEMBER ALL OF US WITH NO VOICE WHO LONG FOR YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING ABOUT THIS OBSCENE WAR.

  11. Liber(al)tarian says:

    Democrat/Republican, it's basically the same. Want to end “bi-partisian” polictics? Support one of the many other parties: Green, Libertarian, Socialist, Communist, etc, if you really want “Change”. Who really believes that we are winning the hearts and minds of the Middle East now that the casualties inflicted by the “Allied” forces have “fallen” to just 25% of the total. Wouldn't most Americans convert to Islam if Islamic terrorists “only” killed about 500 Americans a year? Get out NOW!

  12. John Clements says:

    These days I call Obama…the ORGAMI PRESIDENT, because he folded on just about everything!

    He folded on overturning the Patriot Act
    He folded on don’t ask don’t tell
    He folded on Med-care for all, and or Single Payer
    He folded on buying our pharmaceuticals offshore
    He folded on clean energy
    He folded on Guantanamo, and torture
    He folded on Iraq, and on Afghanistan
    And last but not least, he folded on hope, and on us.

    So I ask you, what has changed?
    Apparently Nothing!

  13. sam says:

    Obama is full of it and exactly the same as Bush. He hasn’t removed troops from Iraq and is sending more to Afghanistan. Gitmo is still open and torturing and indefinitely holding innocent people without due process.

    NOT ONE of the government officials involved in 911, wiretapping, torture, lying us into wars, etc. has been held accountable. 700 billion banker bailout was bad but they got about 2 trillion more and we have the phony universal medicine and carbon tax scams coming.

  14. sam says:

    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. We need to make all earth's resources 'common heritage' to all people and all the wars, fighting, crime, poverty, etc. will end.

    Automated systems that produce abundance is the world's only path to prosperity.

  15. annestiefel says:

    This is no end to this outrageous spending for unecessary wars!
    President Obama has no right to do that to us Americans!
    I won't vote for him again! My trust for him is gone! So sad!

  16. Grateful_Child says:

    good post, …that's what we should be focusing on. All this money going to Haiti now, …a day late and a dollar short. It isn't God's fault or nature's, the fault lies in the cradle of our indifference in which so many people are born into, …a life of poverty and suffering. Who's fault and failure is that? 60% of these people's homes were unsafe to live in before the earthquake. I can only hope someday the conscience of the world will rise up from the rubble and the broken and crushed children, and make this world a safe home for every child. Thanks duppyconqueror…

  17. tomeg42 says:

    This President has come into office and has not done one damn thing he pledged he would do that would benefit the American taxpayer. Everything he has done such as kept most all of GWB's people in place has continued the course that is leading this country towards it's demise. His programs that he is so adamant about pushing through the Congress, his health care bill, the cap and trade bill, the amnesty for the millions of criminal aliens in this country illegally and now his outright push to keep these wars on going so that the powers that be ( the great industrial military complex ) can continue to grow fat and happy off the backs off those middle class taxpayers that still have jobs today. As you can see if one were to open their eye's is just how this is all playing together for Obama to get his way in bringing this nation ever so closer to socialism. We citizens must put a stop to it and do it starting with your primary elections next month by voting the incumbents out of office and bring in new people to represent us. Party affiliation be damned for there is no difference between the two. If you give one damn bit about yourself and or your country you'll get busy starting right now by getting the word out to family and friends about just what is happening around us.

  18. Ellen says:

    Well, I know we don't need to spend $33 billion on an illegal war of choice in Afghanistan. And we certainly should cut the defense budget to $500 billion for next year. If it keeps going, the budget will be a trillion dollars a year. We need to cut it now (of course, ideally we'd get rid of the Department of Defense.)

  19. kristenzehner says:

    DAMM but this request just really pisses me off! Is he nuts? Now the Haiti debacle, huge resources and consumer money for that. Just where in hell does Obama think this money is coming from? I want us OUT of these godforsaken foreign countries–we CANNOT win a war where there is no FRONT! We should be providing to Afghanistan and Iraq the same kind of aid we're sending to Haiti. For crying out loud, where are all those brains he used at Harvard????

  20. Dennis1953 says:

    Pure insanity in this, or any other economy. You will never defeat terrorism with an army. To eradicate vermin, you need an exterminator. I thought we voted out the Cowboy mentality.

  21. Mxlplkt says:

    Errrrrr…….tomeg42,you start out making a socialist argument. Then you object to Obama leading us into, “Socialism?” What you're actually talking about us getting closer to is Fascism, the polar opposite of socialism. And, yes, the corporate Democrats, in the end will be different in degree only, not in kind. That is why I support the Progressives. I also support the Green party. But given the choice between a Republican and or Libertarian and a corporate Democrat, I'm stuck. I have to take the Democrat, as unsatisfactory as he might be, until the Green Party can field a candidate with a genuine chance to win.

  22. bubba gump says:

    just what we need, another bailout for the Pentagon. friggin' Dems no longer represent the democratic constituents.

  23. bubba gump says:

    why don't we just cut the Pentagon's budget by 50-70%? That way we could have enough money to expand medicare for all citizens, rebuild the school system, and reinvest in small businesses.

  24. emi says:

    This is just disgusting!!!!!! We need to get OUT of these wars!!!! There is NO question about that!!!!! Our country is going to hell in a hand basket fast!

  25. whhawks says:

    Those who think that we should just get out of Afganistan are blind to the consequences of that act. We cannot just let the Taliban take over again. That would put us in danger as well as all who would have to live under their rule. I look at Desmond Tutu's quote at the top of the page and I don't think I want to be complicit in the acts of terror that the Taliban would perpetrate on their own people or in the giving of a sanctuary to AlQaeda.

  26. Raymond L. Negron says:

    Stop the wars!

    God Bless US all!

    Raymond L. Negron, Sr
    Veteran USAF

  27. soshanta says:

    The people of this country seem to be more and more turned outward through the senses and mind. The ability to go within and allow the silence to bring forth clear, compassionate and loving answers seems to be disappearing. It is wonderful to see how the laws of the universe work. Blessings to all.

  28. Charles Eggen says:

    I called my congressman's office (DeFazio) and told them that I do not want any more military appropriations for Iraq or Afghanistan. Period. Use the money they now have to get us out of there. I also stated that I will not support or vote for any congressional member that continues to fund those military adventures.

  29. brotherjohnk says:

    We are fighting a losing battle with this so-called “War on Terror” that all our guys in WASHINGTON DC are so keen about!
    In order to get our fighting equipment and supplies through Taliban territories, we have to pay them hundreds of thousands, possibly even millions, of dollars so they won't attack us as we supply our troops.
    We then lose because, with this money, they are then better able to fight our troops. All this money then goes quite far as they have no million dollar weapons to lose, like we do.
    Doesn't Washington see that this only prolongs the wars, while the contractors salaries and costs drain our budget? We have the health of the people (including Haiti) to think about! Have they all been blinded by the contractors lobbiests?
    IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE IN POLICIES IN WASHINGTON!
    Dick Chaney was clearly in bed with all the military contractors, as he and his buddy Don Rumsfeld, were DOD Secretaries for many past Presidents, thus he created a war so they could all profit … get the oil from Sadam that President Bush (41) couldn't get and then, like with the bankers, wall street and the insurance companies right now, we pick up the tab, so we taxpayers are clearly the losers! We need a change in thinking and policies! The Almighty Dollar is not our Over Lord! We don't have to be slaves to making a buck – no matter what!

  30. pamelajoy says:

    “When will our consciousness grow so tender,that we try to understand conflict rather than trying to avenge it”
    quote by Eleanor Roosevelt
    I voted for Obama because I do believe he has the wisdom and compassion to break the cycle as I hope this country does!
    Let's speak and move him to lead the way! Thank-you

  31. Andy says:

    When will America understand that every time we send soldiers to “solve” a political issue, we only create new enemies for decades to come?
    If French (or anyone else) invaded USA to make us like them (killing a whole bunch of us, kidnaping and torturing hundreds, maybe thousands of us in some distant jails), that would really change our minds, right?
    For every person we kill, injure, or stick into a jail, we create at least 10 kids that will be looking for revenge when they gey old enough!

  32. beverlyweaver says:

    President Obama has become the America's and the world's biggest disappointment. All his campaign promises is nothing but lies. He is just another wolf in sheep's clothing ~ just an extension of Bush/Cheney administration policy and working for the good old boys in Washington/Chicago. America needs leadership that cares about its people …keeps it promises. It is very sad that humanity no longer has no respect for life. All the billions of dollars we keep spending on mass destruction of life and property~ could feed, house, cloth, educate, cure, advance alternative energy sources… for millions of Americans but instead our Government continues to “STAY the Course” (whatever that means) and continue the death count.

  33. beverlyweaver says:

    President Obama has become the America's and the world's biggest disappointment. All his campaign promises is nothing but lies. He is just another wolf in sheep's clothing ~ just an extension of Bush/Cheney administration policy and working for the good old boys in Washington/Chicago. America needs leadership that cares about its people …keeps it promises. It is very sad that humanity no longer has no respect for life. All the billions of dollars we keep spending on mass destruction of life and property~ could feed, house, cloth, educate, cure, advance alternative energy sources… for millions of Americans but instead our Government continues to “STAY the Course” (whatever that means) and continue the death count.

  34. penwel says:

    33 billion? Whats 33 billion here, or there, for Obama and Company? They have all the recycled paper they need to make more billions to be gone with the wind. Obama should have asked for 33 trillion. He could give us a tithe. Considering we've been taken to the cleaners faster than an old suit that we can't afford today to dry clean. Obama and company was hired on a Buck. Spent more of our hard earned federal tax money 3 months in office, that none of us earns in a lifetime of civil employment. I do believe by all reasoning, with todays failed economy, and a federal administration that thinks money is the maker of all things, spend, spend, spend. Wastes money like leaves falling from the trees in a northern fall. Obama and company seems destined for the poor house and us with them. My vote helped elect Obama and company into the office of the Presidency. My next vote will help to vote Obama and Company out of the office of the presidency ! …
    PS: Any posts with foul language referring to this post. Don't waste time introducing yourself. I don't have the time to play either…

  35. bj weaver says:

    bjweaver [Moderator] 0 minutes ago
    President Obama ~ has become America's and the world's biggest disappointment. All his campaign promises are turning out to be just lip service until he got into office and now just politics as usual ~ nothing but lip service. He is turning out to be just another wolf in sheep's clothing ~ just an extension of Bush/Cheney administration policy and working for the good old boys cartel in Washington. America needs leadership that cares about its people …keeps it promises. Leadership with Truth and Honor earn respect of its people. It saddens me to see how easily humanity no longer has respect for life and we kill like it is some right of passage. How many civilian casualties; innocent men, women, children have to die for our war on terror? How many of our young men and woman have to come home in body bags/ or with loss of limbs/ mind and souls? How many of our sons and daughters have to die for the lie? All the billions of dollars we keep spending on mass destruction of life and property~ could feed, house, cloth, educate, cure, advance alternative energy sources… for millions of Americans and the world but instead our Government continues to “STAY the Course” (whatever that means) and continue the death count.

  36. David E. says:

    Most of the comments are Obama=Bush or Obama is a socialist. Name calling is really helpful.

    While I don't believe in the war, I also don't think we can completely pull out right now. I think pulling out by 2012 is possible though. We need to push for the same type of plan in Afghanistan as that happened in Iraq. Get them on their feet and get out. Some don't get that Obama said in the campaign he'd focuse more on Afganistan and that is what he is doing.

  37. penwel says:

    AFTER READING MOST OF TODAYS POSTS BY CONCERNED AMERICA. I FIND IS MOSTLY A SORRY TRUTH. (THE DOWN GRADING AND SLOW LOSS OF AMERICA, OUR FREEDOM AND AMERICAN IDEALS,) CENTURIES TO EARN. NOW AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM, TOO IMPOSSIBLY REAL. BUT ALL WE CAN DO AT THIS TIME, AS THE COMMON PEOPLE, IS TO KEEP SPEAKING OUT PEACEABLY AGAINST EVILS IN GOVERNMENT TODAY. IT ISN'T GOING TO GET BETTER AND MAY EVEN GET WORSE. IF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON D.C. FROM THE PRESIDENT ON DOWN TO JOE THE PLUMBER. AS TO SAY. DOESN'T GET THE MESSAGE FIRST HAND CONCERNING US. THE AMERICAN PEOPLES DISSENT, AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE, OVER SPENDING, INCOMPETENCE IN CERTAIN OFFICE POSITIONS THAT HARM AMERICA NOT BUILD. THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE ANY AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT, SENATE, CONGRESS AND WHATEVER IN GOVERNMENT AS TO WHAT IS BEST FOR AMERICA. WE HAVE LEARNED UMPTEEN TIMES, AMERICA CAN NEVER PLEASE THE WHOLE WORLD AND IT IS TIME NOW FOR AMERICA TO PLEASE AMERICA FIRST, OR WE MAY LOSE AMERICA AND THE WHOLE WORLD WILL BE A SORRY PLACE WHEN THEY LEARN UNCLE SAMMY IS NO LONGER HERE TO CRY FOR HELP !

  38. sam says:

    All presidents are puppets for the central bankers. The root cause of all the problems is the money system.

    Luckily they whole thing is failing. Capitalism failed. Governments failed. We must design our society to take account of all people's needs FIRST.

    The problems we have are all TECHNICAL, politicians and economists know NOTHING about fixing them. Sharing the worlds resources and building automated systems to create abundance of needs/wants is the path to prosperity

  39. sal000 says:

    David, you condescending arrogant narrow minded white supremacist, you cannot get anyone “on their feet” you've already broken their legs. The problem is you americans are so backward you imagine everyone is as primitive as you — you've destroyed an intellectually an spiritually advanced nations far in advance of you, proven by the fact that all you know is violence and deceit and that is what is destroying our earth. You need to look in the mirror and reflect on all the shit inside YOU! Violence only begets violence, do you understand, you backward moron.

  40. sal000 says:

    You are a white supremacist who has fallen hook line and sinker for media propaganda. Al qaida has already been fully exposed as an arm of the CIA and Mossad. Taliban are not alqaida they are people of Afghanistan who hate you for occupying them and destroying their country, in fact the whole world hates you.

  41. drjohnclamb says:

    Obama, Bush, Johnson, Wilson…all the same. We can stop these five wars by pushing back in firm, peaceful, surprising ways. We brought Vietnam to a halt; we can do the same to Iraq & Afghanistan. Resist!

  42. btpert says:

    This is just another pledge to continue the destruction middle eastern states and populations for our own interests without changing the hearts and minds of our enemies. After all these trillions of dollars spent and millions of lives on anti terrorist efforts we cant even stop bomb stuffed in a mans tighty whiteys. There is no evidence that war is solving this problem only that there is even greater anti-Americanism. Where there's an anti-American will, there is a way. In other words we can destroy states and people but we can not destroy anti American sentiment until we stop the insane cycle violence. Fight anti-American sentiment with with peaceful means. I support a pledge for a large sum of money for massive campaign of diplomacy and cross cultural respect and understanding our one another's needs. Lets replace self-interest with mutual interest.

  43. robertwood says:

    If you want to build this nation, get out of Afghanastan and Iraq. Russia went broke fighting wars it couldn't afford. Learn from them.

  44. robertwood says:

    If you really want to build America, get out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Russia went broke waging war where they didn't need to. Learn from their experience.
    And Buy American made goods. With property prices what they are in America, outsourcing manufacturing is toxic to American citizens.

  45. gy charn says:

    This war is outrageous…wake up american people. this is another way to rob us of much needed moneys that are going into corporate and military pockets

  46. gy charn says:

    We created the taliban

  47. gy charn says:

    yes. with such a big defense budget we have to create enemies.

  48. gy charn says:

    we need good social programs like europe.

  49. gy charn says:

    amen!

  50. A. Smith. says:

    And just who will produce this wealth to share? You? Or shall you take it from me at the point of a gun. Unfettered Capitalism has saved more lives in its short history that all the other systems ever imagined possible.

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