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US seeks more military budget for war? Sun, 12 Oct 2008 19:19:28 GMT



October 14, 2008 – Comments (3)

US seeks more military budget for war? Sun, 12 Oct 2008 19:19:28 GMT The Pentagon has reportedly proposed a $450 billion increase in the military budget in a move believed to be in preparation for a war. The new military budget estimate for the next five years is expected to be revealed shortly before President George W. Bush leaves office in January 2009. The fiscal 2010 portion of the estimate includes a $57 billion increase, $30 billion of which would be allocated to a vaguely defined contingency fund and $14 billion would be used for replacing or repairing existing military equipment or 'reset and modernization'. The new budget numbers raise speculation about the likelihood of a new US military engagement as it highlights Defense Department fears that the already record-high military budgets would be grossly insufficient in the years ahead. Since taking office, the Bush administration has increased baseline military spending by 30 percent, which puts the annual military spending, at its highest level since World War II. While 'reset and modernization' funds in the proposal are relatively unlikely to arouse controversy, the $30 billion contingency fund could face fierce opposition. If approved, the contingency fund would help the rapid deployment of US forces overseas in the event of an unexpected crisis. The incoming administration would decide on the newly-proposed military budget and the large increase in overall defense funds. "This is a political document," said one former senior budget official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "It sets up the new administration immediately to have to make a decision of how to deal with the perception that they are either cutting defense or adding to it." The US presidential candidates differ on their policies regarding military issues. While Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama only supports the current planned increase of 92,000 Army and Marine Corps personnel, his Republican rival John McCain is pushing for an additional 150,000 troops to be paid for within the initially-introduced budget. CS/HGH Related News US to face $490b budget deficit next year US military budget skyrocketing

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#1) On October 14, 2008 at 10:13 PM, Varchild2008 (84.02) wrote:

Military Budgets are nowhere near record high in proportion to the domestic portion of the budget.

Compare the percentenage of taxpayer dollars spent on the military even during this time of war compared to how we spent those dollars back in World War II or even the 20 years after the war.  The percentage of Military spending has shrunk considerably as programs like Social Security and Medicare and Education have dwarfed and dominated America's budget.

Counting mere dollars isn't enough of the story.

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#2) On October 14, 2008 at 11:06 PM, milpo (44.67) wrote:

Do you really think there is going to be an  election?  May I refer you to the motley fool known as   rickyh87

National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51

Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20

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#3) On October 14, 2008 at 11:51 PM, lquadland10 (< 20) wrote:

Oh yes there will be or by God I will know the reason why. There are some very evil people who have not stoped and the curses for  them and their family lines have gone out for 7x7x7x7x7x7x7 generations. Sorry I got a little of track. Yes they will go through Light spot in the day.   All is not what is reported . Iran: Enemies won't dare to attack
Tue, 14 Oct 2008 17:21:33 GMT
Iranian naval vessels A senior Iranian military official has rejected the speculations that the US and Israel might launch an attack against the country.

"The enemy does not have the courage to carry out military action against our country. The risks of attacking Iran have increased dramatically in the enemy's calculations," Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) naval commander, Admiral Morteza Saffari told reporters on Tuesday.

Saffari said the IRGC Navy was ready to a give a 'crushing response' to any aggression. He said that Iranian forces have pinpointed the enemy's weakness, devised the best defensive strategy, and equipped themselves with 'smart and sophisticated military hardware'.

The Admiral's comments come in the wake of American and Israeli threats against the country.

For months now, various officials in Washington and Tel Aviv have used threatening rhetoric against Iran over Tehran's refusal to comply with the West's demands to halt its nuclear program.

The latest threats came from Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain, who said that he would order a preemptive strike on Iran if there were information that the country had acquired a nuclear weapon.

McCain's comments echoed the 'Bush Doctrine', which the current US administration introduced in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

The doctrine held that the US should overthrow foreign governments that presented a potential or perceived threat to the security of the United States, even if that threat was not immediate. It was used to justify the Iraq war.

US forces invaded Iraq in 2003 based on information that Saddam's regime was in possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) that could threaten the security of the United States. WMDs were never found in Iraq following the occupation.


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