Must Be John Kerry’s Fault

The Air Force needsan emergency influx of $50 billion to cover transportation costs of the victims of Chimpy’s Vanity War.

The U.S. Air Force is asking the Pentagon’s leadership for a staggering $50 billion in emergency funding for fiscal 2007 — an amount equal to nearly half its annual budget, defense analyst Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute said on Tuesday.

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[A] source familiar with the Air Force plans said the extra funds would help pay to transport growing numbers of U.S. soldiers being killed and wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

9 thoughts on “Must Be John Kerry’s Fault

  1. hope they have better luck prying that out of this “support our troops” administration did than the army had with their request for an extra $25 billion.

  2. 50 billion?! What happens if they don’t get it?
    We’re going to pay dearly for Bush’s disaster.

  3. I don’t understand why they can’t just take commercial jets. I’m sure United and Delta would appreciate they insusion of cash. Plus United went BANKRUPT!

  4. “growing numbers of U.S. soldiers being killed and wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
    Don’t loose sight of this isn’t to pay for bombs. This is to pay for the unanticipated injuries of US Troops.
    Guess those flowers they’re throwing at us are harder than we thought.

  5. John Kerry needs to disappear, pronto. The fuckwit is gonna cost us the election.
    I guess blowing one election was not enough for the pretentious fuck.

  6. $50 billion dollars is 1/2 of the Air Force budget in a given year. It’s shameful that Air Force brass is hiding behind the transport of wounded and dead to ask for a giant serving of pork.
    If you need to ask for repair and reset funds, ask for repair and resent funds. This is about pork and hiding funds before the mandated end of supplemental budgeting in Iraq and Afghanistan. For anyone in the Pentagon or Air Force brass to suggest that the primary reason for a $50 billion dollar supplemental is transport costs for wounded and dead is shameful cowardice.
    FedEX operates it’s entire global operation for $29 billion a year, including the daily operation of 643 cargo aircraft.
    I’m not the biggest fan of subcontracting military contracts but our country would be far better off subcontracting 100% of the logistics handled by the US Air Force to FedEx and UPS.
    Return the combat air function to the Army and Marines and space control to the NSA. The Air Force is a corrupt pork factory.

  7. I don’t have data one way or the other for how much of this is pork. let me admit that up front.
    But at the same time, I’m willing to give the USAF some slack in that this isn’t just for flyiing planes. The injuries are severe; the soldiers probably would have died in the past. In short, each soldier is in a self-contained ICU.
    Let me also say I’m not singing “Yankee Doodle Doctor” (How I loved that episode where they made that a propaganda film on M*A*S*H). The military clearly has a propaganda gain by emphasizing that the soldiers are geting the bestest of the bestest care.
    But let’s not forget – its not the dollars that are appalling (even though they are). What is really appalling is that the injuries are so high from a population throwing flowers at us while we are winning a war of bringing peace and democracy to the world. (I’m being sarcastic).

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