AND YET MORE OF THAT "CHANGE" WE CAN ALL BELIEVE IN
President Barack Obama wants Congress to act quickly on his $83.4 billion request for U.S. military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and AfghanistanThat's it. I'm done. It's taken him all of 100 days to prove that he's completely full of shit. I defy anyone to explain to me how he's any different than Bush. Go for it; I wanna hear the explanations.
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Obama also requested $350 million in new Pentagon funding for counternarcotics and other security activities along the U.S.-Mexico border, with another $400 million in counterinsurgency aid to Pakistan.
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It also would finance Obama's initiative to boost U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan to more than 60,000 from the current 38,000. And it would provide $2.2 billion to accelerate the Pentagon's plans to increase the overall size of the U.S. military, including a 547,400-person active-duty Army.
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Obama was a harsh critic of the Iraq war as a presidential candidate, a stance that attracted support from the Democratic Party's liberal base and helped him secure his party's nomination. He opposed an infusion of war funding in 2007 after Bush used a veto to force Congress to remove a withdrawal timeline from the $99 billion measure. But he supported a war funding bill last year that also included about $25 billion for domestic programs. Obama also voted for war funding in 2006, before he announced his candidacy for president. The request includes $75.8 billion for the military and more than $7 billion in foreign aid. Obama also warned lawmakers not to succumb to the temptation to use the must-pass war funding bill as a vehicle for other spending. And he said they should act quickly on the request.
Meanwhile, from my perspective, congratulations Mr. Obama. Step up and join Bush II, Bush I, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, and the rest. You suck.