CLIP*** "The US is not engaged in combat in Iraq, but it is still spending $4 billion a month in Iraq, which is about what the US was spending when it had combat forces there." ***END OF CLIP.
Now come on.. Do you really think the DOD was going to show a reduction in spending and leave money on the table?
Typical government mentality is you always spend the monies’ that have been allocated to you. If you don’t you may not get them next year.
I write this form firsthand experience.