President Bush will ask Congress for another $46 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and finance other national security needs, The Associated Press has learned....Notice that they don't mention American wounded and disabled and that they are stating a number for Iraqi casualties that flies in the face of more informed estimates. While the request for another bucket of money for Iraq is bad enough just consider the politics and deceit involved in the timing of the request. In the wild possibility that you don't think Bush/Cheney and the Republicans play politics with the money that they keep telling us is the lifeline for our troops try this on for size:
To date, Congress has already provided more than $455 billion for the Iraq war, with stepped-up military operations running about $12 billion a month. The war has claimed the lives of more than 3,830 members of the U.S. military and more than 73,000 Iraqi civilians.
The delays in submitting the remaining war funding request were in part due to unease among congressional Republicans about receiving it during the veto override battle involving a popular bill reauthorizing a children's health insurance program.Yeah, yeah, yeah, they need the money or our troops will be in harm's way and Goddess forbid run out of bullets. That is, unless it's not politically expedient to ask for the money to "save our troops," when it might endanger the refusal to help 10 million American children. What bastards!