Rumsfeld asks Congress for $128b more for Iraq
Last Update: Thursday, September 25, 2003. 8:10am (AEST)
US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld has urged the Congress to quickly approve another $128 billion for Iraq's reconstruction.
But some politicians are reluctant to grant the funds.
Mr Rumsfeld says the money is vital to ensure Iraq is thoroughly rebuilt.
"I believe our nation can afford whatever it needs to defend our people," Mr Rumsfeld said.
But some Senators, including Democrat Robert Byrd, say the American people did not realise what they were signing up for.
"The American people have never been told that we're going in that country to build a new nation," Mr Byrd said.
Senator Byrd says Americans were told the US was going into Iraq to remove its weapons of mass destruction, not to recreate the political landscape in the Middle East.