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Another $70 Billion for War

On Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up the Bush administration’s “emergency supplemental” request for approximately $70 billion more for war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MIKE FERNER
JEFF LEYS
Ferner is a Vietnam War veteran and author of the forthcoming book Inside the Red Zone: A Veteran for Peace Reports from Iraq.

Leys, who has also spent appreciable time in Iraq, is co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Ferner, Leys and four other activists are conducting a 34-day fast outside the Capitol until March 20, the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
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AARON GLANTZ
Author of the recent book How America Lost Iraq and this week’s article “Just What Iraq Needs: More Prisons,” Glantz has spent six months reporting in Iraq away from the U.S. military since the fall of Saddam Hussein. He said today: “They are continuing to throw money at the military. They say they can’t pay for reconstruction, since that gets blown up, but it’s a false analysis. If you put more people in prisons, you make more enemies, you feed the cycle of violence.”
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ANITA DANCS
Research director of the National Priorities Project, which has done a breakdown of the cost of the Iraq war by state, Dancs said today: “If Congress accepts the administration’s latest request for additional war-related funding, the total budgetary cost of the Iraq war will exceed $315 billion, or nearly $3,000 for every household in the United States. But this amount will only cover the costs through fiscal year 2006 and not the future costs of military operations, health care for the many wounded soldiers, or the costs of the increased national debt to fund the war.”
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EMAN AHMAD KHAMAS
Eman Ahmad Khamas is with a delegation of six Iraqi women who are in D.C. until Friday and in the U.S. until the end of March. They are able to comment on a number of aspects of the Iraq war.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167