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Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the U.S. commander in Iraq, General George Casey, are seeking "at least $1 Billion" to expand the size of Iraqi forces and to "accelerate the training and equipping" of those forces.

This additional amount is only part of an unspecified sum the Bush Administration will seek to add to the 2007 Budget.

If I am not mistaken, we have already spent north of $300 Billion on the Iraq war -- which was supposed to cost nearly an order of magnitude less. How is it that the Iraqi government, with all its oil, cannot afford this themselves?

We are throwing more money behind a government that is growing increasingly hostile and is actively thwarting U.S. security efforts. Yesterday, Prime Minister al-Maliki ordered the removal of checkpoints around the Baghdad suburb know as Sadr City, home to a significant Shi'ite militant population.

Sadr City is the base of the country's most feared militia, the Mahdi Army, which answers to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Sadr's strongly anti-American bloc is the largest in the Shi'ite governing coalition and was instrumental in making Maliki prime minister five months ago.

I do believe that the majority of Americans believed in the urgency of the WMD issue when Iraq was invaded. I also believe that the majority of Americans would like to see a stable government in Iraq before we leave. What I don't think people understand, but the Sadr City issue clearly demonstrates, is that the Iraqi people do not want us there; and, that our presence is a destabilizing influence.

We are throwing money down a hole at this point. Every dime we've spent on this war has been borrowed - contributing to soaring budget deficits. We've added over $300 Billion to the National Debt over this issue. It's time to stop.


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