a transparent effort to mask the true costs of
war and reduce the size of the mounting budget
deficit the White House left funding for Iraq
and Afghanistan out of the 2005 budget it submitted
on February 2.  Since that time, the "administration
has steadfastly maintained that military forces
in Iraq will be sufficiently funded until early
next year."  White House Budget Director Joshua
Bolton insisted "no request [for more money for
Iraq] would come until January at the earliest."
beginning, military officials predicted that the
Administration's game playing would create problems.
General Peter Schoomaker, Army Chief of Staff,
told the Senate Armed Services Committee on February
11, "I am concerned...on how we bridge between
the end of this fiscal year and whenever we could
get a supplemental in the next year...I do not
have an answer for exactly how we would do that."
 Marine Commandant General Michael Hagee agreed.
predicted, it was revealed last month that, without
additional funding, US troops would face a $4
billion shortfall as early as this summer. 
Yesterday, the President was forced to come clean
and request "an additional $25 billion to finance
military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan."
SOURCES: 1. "Deficit Is $521 Billion In Bush Budget",
Washington Post, 2/2/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=33605.
2. "War May Require More Money Soon", Washington
Post, 4/21/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=33606.
3. "U.S. Military May Run Out Of Money", UPI,
4. "Rice Delivers 'Upbeat' Iraq Report", CBS News,
5. "$25b sought for Iraq, Afghanistan", Boston
Globe, 5/5/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=33609.
Posted: May 7, 2004