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 Post subject: Bush may seek $110B more to fund wars
PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 6:04 pm 
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Bush may seek $110B more to fund wars
WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- The White House might ask the U.S. Congress for another $110 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan early next year.

The $110 billion figure includes a fiscal 2007 supplemental request in the $60 billion range, followed by another $50 billion "bridge fund" as part of the regular fiscal 2008 budget to fund military operations through the first part of that fiscal year according to the Bush administration's annual "mid-session" budget review released Tuesday and reported by CongressDaily Wednesday

The review is only a rough estimate of anticipated war-related spending. However, it tracks with funding levels appropriated during the last few fiscal years, CongressDaily said.

The $110 billion request would boost military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan to about $560 billion since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, with associated foreign aid pushing that figure closer to $600 billion, the report said.

Earlier this year as part of its fiscal 2007 budget submission, the administration for the first time included an allowance for an initial $50 billion installment to pay for the wars. But inclusion of future anticipated war costs in preliminary budget estimates is unprecedented for the Bush administration, and is the result of prodding by senior Republicans like Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, CongressDaily said.

Including the fiscal 2006 supplemental and fiscal 2007 bridge fund, for example, Congress during the current fiscal year will have enacted about $116 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This is the first time we've projected these costs this far in advance, and looking this far ahead, I will tell you, is very difficult. There's a lot of uncertainty involved in it," Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman told reporters.

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I believe Napoleon wanted to fund some wars, too, among other things, and look what he lost and then what happened to him. Is there an ELBA in George Bush's future?

By a treaty signed on Apr. 30, 1803, the United States purchased from France the Louisiana Territory, more than 2 million sq km (800,000 sq mi) of land extending from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. The price was 60 million francs, about $15 million; $11,250,000 was to be paid directly, with the balance to be covered by the assumption by the United States of French debts to American citizens.

In 1762, France had ceded Louisiana to Spain, but by the secret Treaty of San Ildefonso (1800) the French had regained the area. Napoleon Bonaparte (the future Emperor Napoleon I) envisioned a great French empire in the New World, and he hoped to use the Mississippi Valley as a food and trade center to supply the island of Hispaniola, which was to be the heart of this empire. First, however, he had to restore French control of Hispaniola, where Haitian slaves under TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE had seized power (1801; see HAITI). In 1802 a large army sent by Napoleon under his brother-in-law, Charles Leclerc, arrived on the island to suppress the Haitian rebellion. Despite some military success, the French lost thousands of soldiers, mainly to yellow fever, and Napoleon soon realized that Hispaniola must be abandoned. Without that island he had little use for Louisiana. Facing renewed war with Great Britain, he could not spare troops to defend the territory; he needed funds, moreover, to support his military ventures in Europe. Accordingly, in April 1803 he offered to sell Louisiana to the United States.

Change a bit of wording, a few names of people and places, a few dollar amounts, and it could almost read like today's headlines. Heck, maybe Congress should just buy Iraq and Afghanistan and give the deeds to Bush on a silver platter.




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