(The number above is the 2008 number for the DoD. It doesn't include money for Iraq, Afghanistan, the Dept of Energy [nukes], the intel agencies, and whatever "black" budgets the magnitude of which is by definition unknown.)
Sen. Obama Suggests He Would Expand Pentagon BudgetOh, yes: he's another "maverick" shaking up politics. Can anyone say, "manufacturing consent"?
In political news, Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama has suggested he would increase the Pentagon's budget if elected president. Obama made the comment during a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He said that because the Iraq war has depleted our military "there's probably going to be a bump under an Obama presidency in initial spending just to get back to where we were."