Thursday, June 19, 2003

U.S. troops may be in Iraq for 10 years Defense officials reportedly seek up to $54 billion a year
By Tom Squitieri USA TODAY

WASHINGTON -- Two top U.S. defense officials signaled Congress on Wednesday that U.S. forces might remain in Iraq for as long as a decade and that permanent facilities need to be built to house them there.

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz (again with this guy) and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave no explicit estimates for the time U.S. forces would stay in Iraq, but they did not dispute members of Congress who said the deployment could last a decade or more. The comments were among the most explicit acknowledgements yet from the Bush administration that the U.S. presence in Iraq will be long, arduous, costly and a strain on the military.

Wolfowitz told the House Armed Services Committee that the Bush administration will eventually come to Congress to seek more money for the military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wolfowitz said the size of the supplemental funding request will be determined in the fall. But he did not dispute an estimate by Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., that the military would need an annual budget of $54 billion -- $1.5 billion a month for Afghanistan, $3 billion a month for Iraq.


$3 billion a month for Iraq is $36 billion annual for 10 years or $360 billion of our money to protect their oil profits.

Seriously, if they had made this clear when they went before the American people, would they have gained the support they needed to launch this illegal and immoral war?

You should be very angry by now....I know I sure as hell am.



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