President Bush has requested an additional $108 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which have already cost $513 billion!
We are now spending $5,000 per second, $434 million every day, $12 million every month in an occupation that John McCain says could last for 100 years.
The $108 billion request is above and beyond the $515.4 billion allocated for national defense in 2009 which was was $35.9 billion or 7.5 percent more (5.4 percent adjusted for inflation) than the previous year.
It will increase the projected $410 billion deficit to more than $500 billion.
That's a lot of money that could be used to rebuild our nation's infrastructure, keep Social Security and Medicare solvent, invest in research and development, healthcare, alternative energy, education, conservation and homeland security.
The war in Iraq is costing this nation dearly- in lives, reputation and long-term prosperity.