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


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



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