DEFENDING THE TROOPS….The war in Iraq is chewing up money faster than expected, and at least one Republican is outraged that the administration is refusing to admit it:

Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, charged that the president is playing political games by postponing further funding requests until after the election, to try to avoid reopening debate on the war’s cost and future.

Weldon described the administration’s current defense budget request as “outrageous” and “immoral” and said that at least $10 billion is needed for Iraqi operations over the next five months.

“There needs to be a supplemental, whether it’s a presidential election year or not,” he said. “The support of our troops has to be the number one priority of this country….Somebody’s got to get serious about this.”

Like I’ve been saying, President Bush talks a big game, but when it comes to concrete realities he’s oddly reluctant to show any political courage, isn’t he?

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