War Costs Poised To Reach $500B

(AP) WASHINGTON The Pentagon is in the early stages of drafting a wartime request for up to $100 billion more for Iraq and Afghanistan, lawmakers say, a figure that would push spending related to the wars toward a staggering half-trillion dollars.

Reps. Bill Young, R-Fla., the chairman of the House appropriations defense panel, and John Murtha, D-Pa., the senior Democrat on that subcommittee, say the military has informally told them it wants $80 billion to $100 billion in a war-spending package that the White House is expected to send Congress next year.

That would be in addition to $50 billion Congress is about to give the Pentagon before lawmakers adjourn for the year for operations in Iraq for the beginning of 2006. Military commanders expect that pot to last through May.

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"The number is so high," he said, "that it suggests that there's a significant amount of money in there for costs not directly related to the cost of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan."

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And to think that all that money could've went into something for OUR country, like the Katrina victims or healthcare or social security or something. Pisses me off that our government is spending this muych money to blow shit up and destory lives when it could be more useful spending it on those that need it here. Sorry if I sound cynical but seeing the common man getting poorer and poorer is just not right.