US President George W Bush has asked Congress to spend more than 540 billion euros more on the military, in his budget for 2008. Of this, almost 190 billion euros would go on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 4 billion euros specifically to cover his promised troop boost.
“What we are trying to do with the reinforcement of our troops is provide enough space so the Iraqi government can meet certain benchmarks or certain requirements for a unity government to survive and for the country to be very strong,” President Bush said.
If Congress approves, the White House says the US will have spent more than 500 billion euros on the latest conflicts and related matters.
But President Bush has warned even more could be needed. His budget also sets out plans to curb domestic spending on health and education.
Billions would be squeezed from Medicare and the Medicaid health program for the poor. The Environmental Protection Agency would also see a cut.