Slush fund for war


I was disturbed to learn that, in his budget request of March 4, President Obama asked Congress for $80 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations that is in addition to core Pentagon spending of about $500

billion.

This Overseas Contingency Operations 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 — a luxury that no other parts of the government have.

Fred Rakevich

Elma

 

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