President Obama to Request Another $33 Billion for Unpopular Wars

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January 12, 2010

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The Associated Press reports that President Obama “plans to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, 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 war spending on these unpopular wars.

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7 thoughts on “President Obama to Request Another $33 Billion for Unpopular Wars

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  4. he is a liar. he had no intention on stopping the war in Iraq. this money could go to Haiti . i am glad i voted for Nader. anyone who supports this war criminal now is a real fool .

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  7. No! It’s gotta stop. NO MORE money for militarism. We need to change direction, big time, building up a military presence to prepare for a global war is just craziness.

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