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Stars and Stripes: White House struggling to budge Congress on civilian aid for wars

Author: Kevin Baron
December 6, 2010

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Stars and Stripes' Washington correspondent Kevin Baron discusses the challenges of the military pushing for more civilian aid in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When President Barack Obama's national security team began campaigning this fall to expand U.S. development and diplomacy, they described a desperate need to help American troops charged with winning wars, hearts and minds in Afghanistan, Iraq and worldwide.

But in Washington, foreign policy observers say the civilian cavalry won't be arriving any time soon. Despite the White House pitch, foreign aid historically has few champions in Congress, where staffers closing the year in a contentious lame-duck session say there is little public desire to spend more abroad — and little cash to follow through.

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