STOP The War Supplemental Bill
President Obama waited until after the election to ask Congress for $11.6 billion extra — outside the huge existing military budget — for wars.
This massive pile of money, equivalent to the annual spending that the United Nations says could end the lack of clean drinking water globally, adds between 1% and 2% to U.S. military spending — but is by itself more than the entire military budget of all but 14 other nations on earth, 12 of which top-spending nations are U.S. allies.
While nothing would prevent this new money from being used for any war that the current or next president desires, it is requested in large part for the wars in Afghanistan and Syria/Iraq. That includes supplying other militaries such as the Iraqi, Afghan, and Kurdish armed forces, as well as expanding U.S. military facilities in Somalia, Mauritania, Chad, Turkey, and elsewhere.
The unfathomable sum of $11.6 billion would go to fund war efforts that the next U.S. president has sometimes said he wants to end (the arming of fighters in Syria) or not commented on at all. It would also give the Afghan military U.S.-made helicopters so that it no longer uses Russian ones. This follows lobbying by Lockheed Martin and Textron that warned of “tensions over President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine and Syria,” tensions that may not apply come January 20.
- miniature killer drones that can be launched by U.S. troops in Iraq — troops whose boots are, despite White House rhetoric, on the ground.
- secret operations that Congress is expected to fund with our money despite not knowing what they are.
- secret research and testing.
- a war on drugs in Libya and West Africa.
- USAID operations of the sort that have facilitated violent coups in places like Ukraine.