( – promoted by buhdydharma )
And so it begins:
(Bloomberg)– The U.S. Army won’t be able to pay soldiers beyond June 15 unless Congress approves $108 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or authorizes a funds transfer, a Defense Department official said.
If the supplemental spending legislation isn’t enacted by then, the Pentagon will be forced to seek congressional authority to use money designated for other services to fund the Army payroll, department spokesman Geoff Morrell said.
Pentagon budget officials briefed congressional staffers about the funding crunch earlier today, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates addressed the issue in a letter to lawmakers yesterday, Morrell said at a Pentagon briefing.
If those Democrats in Congress don’t
knuckle under move quickly, we’ll just have to quit paying the troops.
There will still be enough money, apparently, to pay Blackwater and the military contractors and the munition manufacturers. But not enough money to pay the troops.
I call bullshit.
The Pentagon must be awash in money. It spills billions every day.
It just doesn’t happen to have enough in some account marked “pay the troops,” so Congress will just have to fill it up.
Fortunately, that won’t be a problem. Congressional Democrats can’t wait to do that, even offering more money that
Warmonger President Bush requested.
One would think that paying the troops would come first on the Pentagon’s priority list. But this is the same Defense Department and administration that currently is working to kill a reasonable GI Bill that might actually let some veterans be able to finish college.
The troops come last in Bush World.
But now they are convenient pawns in the game with Congress. It seems like overkill, though, since Congress isn’t putting up any resistance anyway.
It does not appear that it will come to this, in any event:
But we can dream, can’t we?