Gates Seeks More Funds For War in Afghanistan (WSJ 21/6/10)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday urged Congress to pass legislation to allocate more funding for the war in Afghanistan by the beginning of July.
Mr. Gates, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” suggested that otherwise, the Pentagon would have to start doing “stupid things,” in an apparent reference to potential budget cuts.
The Senate approved legislation in May to allocate roughly $60 billion in additional taxpayer money to pay for the conflict in Afghanistan through the remainder of fiscal year 2010 ending Sept. 30, but the House of Representatives has yet to act on the measure.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” said a July 2011 deadline set by Mr. Obama to start withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan still stood.