War supplemental funding narrowly passes House
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.