The Los Angeles Times is reporting that White House officials are already admitting that far more than $87 billion will be needed to rebuild Iraq. The acknowledgement came just a day after President Bush made his primetime appeal for more money.
In order to come up with the additional money, the U.S. plans to pressure other countries to help. An international donors conference is scheduled to take place in October in Spain.
The White House is also come under criticism for failing to outline where the requested $87 billion will be spent. Of the $51 billion earmarked for military operations in Iraq, the administration has detailed only how $1 billion will be spent.