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More Investment In War Will Ruin US, Mr Obama

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I do not know why, but I have great love for the United States as I consider it is the most civilised country in the world. The US is super power not because of her power, but because of the civilisation. This was a great demonstration of civilisation when the Americans used their votes in favour of Barack Obama. There were expectations that he will start work for the peace from the very beginning of his tenure as president, but now the things are still going the wrong way as the situation is complicating with each passing day. Now he is needing more funds for the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan's tribal areas.

The US Senate and Congress will certainly approve the funds for the war as they have no other option, but more spending on war will worsen the situation for the US. The US economy is sinking. I am still unclear why the US rulers have been providing dollars to the corrupt rulers of Pakistan. Why they are not making investment in people. I want to inform Mr Obama that you are needing no money for capturing the tribal areas. Do not destroy the US for taking the world. Just keep in mind that most of the officials have still been playing into the hands of terrorists. Terrorists want to keep the US engaged in war as in this way they will be able to weaken the US economically. Now I think there is no need of making investment in war. Now the army can be used for rebuilding the world. I think the people of tribal areas are ready to pay the price for evolving a system of goverance for their areas. They will be grateful to the US if they provide them the help to get liberation from the corrupt officials of Pakistan, who have still been supporting terrorists. Instead of relying on the corrupt officials Obama should come directly to the people. I assure you no one will kill you. Come alone to the tribal areas. Kill terrorism in your heart. If you succeed in killing terrorism in your heart then there will be no terrorism in the world.

US President Barack Obama has pitched for $83.4 billion to deal with an urgent security situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for military operations in Iraq.

The request to Congress includes $400 million to help Pakistan battle extremists.

"We face a security situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan that demands urgent attention. The Taliban is resurgent and al Qaeda threatens America from its safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border," said Mr Obama while urging US lawmakers to act quickly to approve the supplemental funds.

In a letter to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Obama said that nearly 95 per cent of these funds will be used to support US soldiers in Iraq and to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan."
The request includes $75.85 billion for military and intelligence operations in the two wars, and another $7.1 billion for international aid.

It also includes $800 million to support the Palestinian Authority and provide humanitarian aid to Gaza, and 200 million dollars in aid to Georgia.

Another $800 million would go to UN peacekeeping operations, fund an expanded mission in Democratic Republic of Congo, and pay for a new mission in Chad and the Central African Republic.

Other items not related to the Afghan or Iraq conflicts, include $350 million for security and counter-narcotics work along the US-Mexico border and $89.5 million for efforts to secure Russian nuclear materials and pursue disablement and dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear work.

Mr Obama assured Congress that his funding request will ensure that the full force of the US--military, intelligence, diplomatic, and economic power--is engaged in an overall effort to defeat al Qaeda and uproot the safe haven from which it plans and trains for attacks on the US and its allies.

In the past, Congress has moved expeditiously to approve funding for US armed forces and Mr Obama urged the lawmakers to do so once more.

"I also urge Congress to focus on the needs of our troops and our national security (and) " to send me a focused bill, and to do so quickly," he said.

"When this request returns to me as legislation ready to be signed, it should remain focused on our security."
Mr Obama asked Congress to use the same approach that it used for expediting the approval of funds for economic recovery and to "keep extraneous and unnecessary projects out of this legislation."
The US president noted that American soldiers did not lack resolve to fight extremists but in Afghanistan, that resolve has not been matched by a comprehensive strategy and sufficient resources.

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is also (more...)
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