The Bush administration on Monday asked for an additional $42.3 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing the 2008 request for total war funding to $189.3 billion.
The request comes on top of $147 billion already sought for in the wars. Most of the money goes to Iraq, which is costing the Pentagon an estimated $2 billion a week. [$2 billion x 52 weeks =$1 Trillion and 40 Billion just for one year.]
"Parts of this war are complicated, but one part is not -- and that is that America should do what it takes to support our troops and protect our people," President Bush said, although it is obvious that by “our people,” he meant Israel, as America has no direct interest in Iraq at all.
The demand for more funding for the pro-Jewish war contrasts with Bush's October 3 veto of a $60 billion children's health care bill that had bipartisan support and would have been paid for by an increase in cigarette taxes. Bush called that bill “too expensive.”
The latest request would cover more armored vehicles and repair of existing equipment that can be returned to the field, Pentagon officials said.
In addition to daily operations, the White House said the latest supplemental would fund about $1.7 billion in new spending on veterans' health care, $1 billion for military construction projects in Iraq and Afghanistan and another $1 billion for training Iraqi soldiers and police.