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War supplemental funding narrowly passes House

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The House voted a couple days back on Obama’s $106 billion dollar supplemental funding to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Bill passed by a vote of 226-202.

Here’s two things, as I see it, that are interesting about this Bill:

One, it barely passed the House. This doesn’t bode will for future supplementals if we need to fund a “long war” and can barely agree to fund it right now.

Two, about $80 billion of the $106 is going to fund military operations while the rest will fund civil ops. Under Patreaus’ COIN strategy this number should be flipped with 80% of the funding going to civil reconstruction efforts. Granted this is not a critique of COIN as much as it is a reflection on Obama’s Afghan-Iraq strategy.

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Written by gringolost

June 18, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Posted in Afghanistan, COIN, Iraq, Supplemental Funding

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  1. […] our resources for the war efforts are going to fund military operations and personnel.  This is in direct contrast to Petraeus’ recommendation that 80% of our war resources go to fund civil […]


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