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Commentary :: Human Rights
BTL:Military Budget Climbs as Obama Spends More in Afghanistan and Less on Iraq War
24 May 2009
BETWEEN THE LINES Syndicated Radio Newsmagazine
Military Budget Climbs as Obama Spends More in Afghanistan and Less on Iraq War

Interview with Jo Commerford, executive director, National Priorities Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

U.S. funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has totaled $830 billion to date. Last week, President Obama released his first budget and some progressive activists, especially anti-war activists, were dismayed that the $84 billion he requested for those two wars was in a supplemental request, not part of the regular Defense Department budget.

But it turns out that this was a transitional budget from the former Bush administration to the incoming Obama team, and that's why current war spending is still off the books.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Jo Commerford, executive director of the National Priorities Project, about President Obama's shift in spending from Iraq to Afghanistan, and the continued growth of military spending under the new administration. She also describes some of the human needs that could be met if funding were to be shifted from war spending to domestic programs.

Contact the National Priorities Project by calling (413) 584-9556 or visit their website at www.nationalpriorities.org to find out what programs your tax dollars fund, and the education, health or environmental priorities that could be met if military spending were reduced.

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