Spend 'n' Fight

Obama Seeks $80B for Wars

He may have opposed Iraq during his days as a senator, but President Obama is pushing to spend more money there and in Afghanistan. A new supplemental spending bill, which the Associated Press reports Obama will introduce soon, will seek $83.4 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill will include a $7 billion in foreign aid, including $1.8 billion for Pakistan, a "key ally in the fight against al-Qaeda." The White House will push for the bill to land on President Obama's desk by Memorial Day, say sources, and will pay for Obama's recently announced strategy in Afghanistan, which will require an increased troop presence.