For the past few weeks, dropping bombs on militant positions and sustaining a few hundred American military advisers in Iraq has cost roughly $7.5 million per day, according to the only estimate the Pentagon has provided. That is just over what taxpayers currently pay for each hour of the war effort in Afghanistan (about $5.7 million).
Of course the Pentagon has to get that money from somewhere, even if it isn’t much, relatively speaking. And given that Congress has yet to authorize the mission, readers may be wondering about the source of that daily $7.5 million.
It turns out that the Pentagon is relying on the overseas contingency operations budget, or OCO—basically a slush fund for the Afghan war. Last year, Congress appropriated $85.2 billion for the fund, well above the $79.4 billion the Pentagon requested.
There’s plenty of money in the pot for the remainder of the year, which ends at the end of the month, Pentagon officials said. And for the foreseeable future, the OCO will remain generously funded.
Of course it will. Why wouldn’t it? It’s not like we’re spending all damn day long drug-testing welfare recipients or jawing about the brand of cereal purchased by the poor because HURR DURR TAX DOLLARRRSS, right?
It’s not like we’re telling people who can’t get their kids’ teeth fixed to sell some bling, right?
It’s not like teachers are buying school supplies with their own money, right?
It’s not like we’re trying to decide which pensioners to fuck over this week, right?
We’ve got all that shit covered. We’re on it. So we can afford to keep a slush fund OVERFUNDED, while our cities run deficits that make Russia look well-managed. We can fling millions of dollars down the demilitarized toilet known as what we’ve left of the Middle East, because we’re on top of everything else.