By the end of this year, the United States will have fewer than 10,000 troops left in Afghanistan and we won’t technically be at war with any country. So why does President Obama want to increase the amount of money our country allocates to war funding?
I was disturbed to learn that in his budget request of March 4, the president asked Congress for $80 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations that is in addition to core Pentagon spending of about $500 billion. This account was created to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With those wars over, the account should disappear. Instead, it seems to be becoming a permanent slush fund that could help the Pentagon get around the effect of budget cuts.
Find out more about the Overseas Contingency Operations fund at fcnl.org/budget and then contact our senators to ask them not to fund this part of the budget. Let’s reinvest the money we’ve been spending on war on other priorities, not provide extra padding for the Pentagon’s already well-endowed budget.
Barbara Laxon, Miramar