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BREAKING ... USAF Needs $50 Billion To Fly Dead & Injured Troops Back To America
Here's your last October Surprise: The Air Force is demanding an emergency cash infusion of $50 Billion -- half its annual budget -- just to bring home the U.S. bodies.
Another 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.
What the hell? And this is after begging an extra $18 Billion three months ago. We know the military pays quadruple for everything, but if 1,000 troops are killed in Iraq every year, then the Air Force is spending ... $50 million per body? Maybe that's the price to make sure they don't get "stuck in Iraq" for the afterlife, too.
Stories like this make stories like this sound pretty plausible. That link goes to the curious tale of Camp Falcon, which we watched exploding on Live TV for a few minutes on October 10, and then the cable news went back to whatever nonsense. But Camp Falcon wasn't done. It exploded all night long. Between 100 and 5,000 U.S. troops were in there. The Pentagon says there were no casualties and minimal damage. That's not what they're saying in Baghdad. Google has already removed the most outrageous video of the attack, which shows a giant mushroom cloud over the huge base on the southern outskirts of Baghdad, and no "mainstream" news reports have appeared since October 12. The Associated Press has even removed its story.
Air Force said to seek $50 bln emergency funds[Washington Post]-- KEN LAYNE