Iraq expenditures impacting US bases

For your reference. While this story is not as bad as Russian army bases needing handouts or Russian sub bases "conquoring" local power generators to keep their lights on, the Iraq War continues to damage military readiness in subtle ways.

A diversion of money for the war in Iraq has helped create a $530 million shortfall for Army posts at home and abroad, leaving some of them unable to pay utility bills or even cut the grass, military officials say.

In San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston has not paid its $1.4 million monthly utility bill since March, prompting workers in many of the post's administrative buildings to receive automated disconnection notices.

Fort Bragg in North Carolina says it will not buy any office supplies until the new fiscal year starts in October. And in Kentucky, Fort Knox closed one of its eight dining halls for a month and laid off 133 contract workers.

Are expensive projects like the Future Combat System or expensive alternatives to worn out equipment older than the soldiers flying and serving them, if alternatives are even on the drawing board?

More is being done to damage our long-term security than just creating more hate and frustration against the US by faulty planning and a lack of foresight by this Administration.