2005 January 25 Tuesday
Bush Administration Asks For Another $80 Billion In War Funds

The cost of the war in Iraq is rising.

The Bush administration soon will ask Congress for about $80 billion in additional funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, congressional sources said Monday.

If anyone comes across a breakdown on that number for how much goes to Iraq and how much goes to Afghanistan please let me know. I checked a number of stories on this and couldn't find more details.

Add in the $25 previously approved for 2005 and the total is $105 billion.

The package, which administration budget officials were expected to unveil as early as Tuesday, would be in addition to $25 billion already approved for 2005.

Over $160 billion was spent on Iraq through the end of 2004. By the end of 2004 the burn rate in Iraq had risen to $5.8 billion per month. Since Afghanistan is a fairly small operation in comparison my guess is the bulk of the $105 billion figure is for Iraq and that therefore the monthly burn rate in Iraq may be rising to $8 billion.

The monthly burn rate in Iraq has gone up.

Keep in mind that these numbers understate the total costs in at least 3 ways:

  • Equipment used in Iraq is wearing out at faster rates and will have to be replaced sooner.
  • Permanently injured soldiers coming back will necessitate medical and nursing costs for decades to come.
  • The Bush Administration is looking for ways to cut new weapons programs in order to free up money for operations. So future capabilities are being sacrificed for current needs.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor, claims it would take $500 billion and a draft to field a US military force large enough to secure Iraq.

The neocons in the Defense Department originally projected that there would be only 30,000 US troops left in Iraq by the end of 2003 and that all the troops would leave by the end of 2005. Instead we have to wonder by the end of 2005 how many billions of dollars and lives will be lost per month and how many permanently injured will be coming back.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2005 January 25 11:00 AM  Mideast Iraq Costs

Fatheadjr said at January 25, 2005 6:28 PM:

It is amazing to see the magnitude poor planning has on the cost of the war. Problem is there is no end in sight. We have a milestone next week, but as with Iraq's interim president the beat goes on. In my line of business such a outcome get me "your fired".

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