October 22nd, 2007
02:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Bush wants another $42 billion for wars

President Bush said Monday he is requesting billions more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Bush administration on Monday requested an additional $42.3 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing the 2008 request for total war funding to $189.3 billion.

The administration made the initial supplement request, which lawmakers have yet to approve, in February.

Bush urged Congress to act on both requests during a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

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soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. Ethan, Brooklyn, NY

    Disgrace.

    He must be impeached now.

    October 22, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Gary, Detroir, Mich.

    How much are the oil companies, Cheney's friends in Dubai and Communist China going to contribute?

    October 22, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. a voter

    Do you know how much good that money could do in our OWN country?

    October 22, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Karen,nj

    AS A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I SAY NO NO NO

    October 22, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Andrew, NJ

    just refuse to fund it...it won't get through and bam the war is over, just introduce a different bill for funding Afghanistan alone

    October 22, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Am I late to the Republicans-hate-children party??

    No doubt yall liberals will begin the onslaught of comments how George Bush is the devil for vetoing SCHIPs and asks that our soldiers get paid and supplied the food, water, medicine, and munitions to protect their lives while fighting/killing insurgents.

    Got my popcorn... yall go ahead and post away!

    October 22, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Athena Lake City, FL

    So, lets pledge another 42 billion for a failed war, yet criticize Hillary for proposing a Woodstock museum that would cost a million? WHAT A JOKE this nations is becoming

    October 22, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Carmen, Little Rock AR

    This money will be going to pay for health insurance for all those poor starving children of defense contractors. And to think the Democrats wanted to waste this money on scheming middle class families.

    October 22, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. A. Harrison, Atlanta GA

    What goals have been met?

    Liberal or not, do you blindly fund anything?

    October 22, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Dan, Atlanta GA

    That's right, Henry. Us libs hate the soldiers. Forget any expectations of tangible progress or accountability for the lies that got us there, non-existent benchmarks for success, the recommendations by former (or current, for that matter) generals, or the opinions of 70+% of American citizens. None of those things matter. We just hate the soldiers and want them unprotected.

    Yeee haw, go Bush. It's going so well! Keep it up! We'll stay the compliant little worker bees that you need us to be and we promise not to ask any questions!

    October 22, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Patriot NY

    Go for it President Bush. The more support we give our troops the sooner we'll accomplish what we set out to do. Forget the liberals; they just want to look out for their own backs. What do they care if the terrorists establish their terror machine in Iraq or anywhere else? They just don't get it...Henry Tucker does.

    October 22, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    "just refuse to fund it…it won't get through and bam the war is over"

    --

    Ok Einstein – so to make force your political position you would leave 150,000 military troops low on munitions, unpaid, and vulnerable to increased attacks (you think terrorists, Iran, insurgents – etc don't watch the debate in Washington DC ??).

    Although considering the Democrat-lead Congress has an 11% approval rating ... who else is left to upset?

    October 22, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. born again dried up georgia

    Got my popcorn… yall go ahead and post away!

    Posted By Henry Tucker, Ga : October 22, 2007 3:16 pm

    seems like this hypocrite was among the first to post.....

    October 22, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Paul C., Palmetto Bay, FL

    Bush has no qualms in funding his never ending war but will go to the mat to prevent any social programs that might help the middle class in this country.
    Every 1st world country in the world provides social programs (isn't that what a government supposed to do?) except this one.
    No socialized medicine for Americans (except Bush, Chaney and the hundreds of thousands of govt. workers). Let them provide their own, I've got mine..
    Let them eat cake.

    October 22, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. jacob, nyc

    He wasn't even elected!

    October 22, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. luis, Miami Florida

    NOT ONE PENNY MORE!!!

    October 22, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Carmen, Little Rock AR

    Mr. Tucker, this isn't a question of hating children or supporting our troops. President Bush is the one who is making it into a choice between the two. If you tell me that the U.S. must maintain our strategically necessary and morally imperative presence in the Middle East, I won't disagree with you. But if you tell me that presence must be maintained with financially exhorbitant and ethically bankrupt private contractor services, at the expense of social programs at home, then yes, our dispute will likely be popcorn-worthy.

    October 22, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Kate, Aurora CO

    Let me get this straight, so we Americans are going to pay an additional $189.3 billion for this war but the Iraquies are going to give the billion dollar contracts to China? What is wrong with this picture? I would wager if this were up to the middle class taxpayers (who are the ones funding this and will suffer from this war) and not the rich fat cats in Washington, it would get knocked down. I can admit that in the beginning I admired Bush's ideas about the Middle East and I thought he was on to something but now I see what a mess it all is and how this is going to severly affect our children for generations to come. Don't give this administration any more money. It is sickening to think that both our President and Vice President are profiting personally from this war and the death of our soldiers. It is a fact that both Bush & Cheney are heavy investors in defense companies and are making millions while we are at war. Stop this atrocity.

    October 22, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Posted By born again dried up georgia

    Got my popcorn… yall go ahead and post away!

    Posted By Henry Tucker, Ga : October 22, 2007 3:16 pm

    seems like this hypocrite was among the first to post…..

    October 22, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Betsy, Gaithersburg, MD

    I support the troops, not the republican money-grubbers who continue to waste, steal & pilfer from us.

    What has been done with the 474 billion that has been spent on this war so far????

    October 22, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. clarence virginia beach va

    When does it stop. We can have health care for everbody, but I guess the iraq people are more important.

    October 22, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Angela, Cleveland, OH

    When does it stop. What is the mission? At a White House news conference on March 6, 2006 bush said "should we have to go in, our mission is very clear; disarmament....I'm confident we'll hbe abel to achieve that objective, in a way that minimizes the loss of live. No doubt there's rrisks in any military operations; I knwo htat. But it's very clear what we intend to do. And our mission won't change." Again what is the mission we are spending all this money and lives on? I understand Afghanistan, but Iraq? Mission, mission where are you.

    October 22, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Memo to Congress: Just say "no."

    October 22, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Tom, Austin, Tx.

    Congress...Just say NO!!!

    October 22, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Enraged, SLC, UT

    Henry,

    Funny that nobody actually mentioned SCHIP prior to your post. Most people merely pointed out that this administration has wasted countless lives and billions of dollars fighting an ill-conceived and poorly executed ideological war.

    By the way, it doesn't lend much credibility to your argument when you type with that nauseating Southern drawl. I know you're from Georgia, but "y'all" does little more than conjure images of toothless hillbillies and slack-jawed yokels. I understand that you and the rest of that demographic comprise a considerable portion of the Republican electorate; however, it never hurts to use proper English from time to time.

    October 22, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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