Are They Dodging the "D" Word?
Check out this article in USA TODAY
"U.S. considers ways to increase troops in Iraq for vote"
"Concerned that they won't get enough new troops from allies to help provide security for Iraqi elections in January, Pentagon officials are considering increasing the current U.S. force by delaying the departures of some U.S. troops now in Iraq and accelerating the deployment of others scheduled to go there next year."
"The goal is to temporarily raise the number of U.S. troops in Iraq from the current 138,000 to almost 160,000 to help protect international and Iraqi election workers and secure polling locations.
That addition would bring the sustained U.S. troop presence in Iraq to its highest level since President Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003.
Defense officials were reluctant to discuss the options on the record. But Capt. Harold Pittman, a spokesman for Gen. John Abizaid, the commander of Central Command, said, "Obviously, we are looking at all of those options and taking everything into account. ... There are a lot of options, possibilities and venues on the table to provide additional security during the election time frame."
Now add this little tidbit from the Seattle Times.
"The Bush administration intends to seek about $70 billion in emergency funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan early next year, pushing total war costs close to $225 billion since the invasion of Iraq early last year, Pentagon and congressional officials said yesterday.This war is draining our soldiers lives and our pocket books, with no end in sight. Could be that bush's chosen war will bleed our country dry. These two articles seem to suggest we have already become anemic.
White House budget office spokesman Chad Kolton emphasized that final decisions on the supplemental spending request will not be made until shortly before the request is sent to Congress. That may not happen until early February, when President Bush would submit his budget for fiscal 2006 if he wins re-election."