October 22nd, 2007
02:00 PM ET
6 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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  1. Anonymous

    I was against the SCHIP law but not a fan of G.B. but I support the war. It needed to happen. I don't think it was done correctly at all but it is too late for that. I don't trust polls either. there is no way 70% of American are even educated enough to know if they should support the war. Further more none of us here really know enough either. My finance has been there and is surrounded by people who have been there and until they stop supporting the goal and until they say we should leave then I will maintain that we should be there and that it was the right thing. Also remember this he was voted for....and he has not changed what he has said from then to now. He was voted for because he was stubborn and would not back down. That is what he is doing.

    October 23, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Democrats....your party voted for the war...
    Democrats....your party is funding the war....

    How can you even say that Bush is wholly responsible....when he is clearly equally responsible...stop the rhetoric...and lets end this together....only a fool would say that this is Bushs war....theres tons of blame to go around in both parties...

    October 23, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. daddy

    "42 billion now or trillions and trillions if we are hit with another terrorist attack you make the decision….Liberals are amazing in how short sighted and gullible they truly are"

    Posted By Ryan Indianapolis :

    I've seen enough posts from this moron, to know that he's sucking off mommy living at home, and typing on her computer...sounds like he should be over there, if he has nothing else to do

    October 23, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Mike

    "Hey liberals its NOT 2006 anymore, WE ARE WINNING IN IRAQ, I know that scares you but its the TRUTH, stop saying failed WAR it makes you look outdated and defeated,,,,wait that is exactly what you people are. I have never in my life seen people so intimidated and insecure over a president and name call like a 10yr old at recess. We are winning People, that is not a bad Thing, if you are a TRUE AMERICAN

    Posted By Ryan Indianapolis : October 23, 2007 11:11 am"

    Laugable at best, saddening at the worst...

    Please...stop being a moron...

    October 23, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. r schier norwalk, ct

    "We are winning People, that is not a bad Thing, if you are a TRUE AMERICAN"

    winning??? what are we winning????? what is a TRUE AMERICAN???? moron...

    October 23, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. couldn't care less

    Why has there not been another attack?

    It's because it's far more fun to see this whole sham fall in on itself...I don't see the U.S. surviving with the damage already done, and the TOTAL ABSCENSE of any qualified entity to guide it back out. But that's what there religious zealots want anyway....
    I'm beyond even caring at this point

    October 23, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. r schier norwalk, ct

    We are winning People, that is not a bad Thing, if you are a TRUE AMERICAN"

    winning??? what are we winning????? what is a TRUE AMERICAN???? moron…

    October 23, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Jim Topeka, Kansas

    Where my post disappeared so here we go again.

    The military will get the money, no one is going to deny funding to the militray expecially when they are engaged in combat despite the politics of the issue.

    However, there is nothing that says the money will come any faster than at the absolute last minute, nor is there anything that says the money will not be sent to the White House with conditions.

    I am not going to proclaim this is retrabution by a Democratic controlled Congress for Bush's veto of the SChip bill, it is not, but I am going to mention something from the beginning of the war.

    First where are the WDMs and its not going to cost the American tax payers anything, because we are going to pay for the ouster of Saddam and the war in Iraq using Iraqi oil money. Oh ya, well where is it GW.

    October 23, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Pete, T.S. FL

    Ryan Indianapolis, and those who think like him,

    Explain to me what winning in Iraq means? Last time I looked we, due to a surge that can not be sustained have limited control over a small portion of Iraq.

    Does winning to you mean we only loose 60 troops a month vice 100? Does winning mean throwing more money into this abyss?
    Those people hate us period. Their neighbors hate us including our so called allies of Saudi Arabia.

    I’d rather loose this battle in Iraq and go fight the war against those who actually attacked us. Remember Osama? Don’t worry neither does “W”………………………………

    October 23, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. A Kansas Vet, Kansas

    If this is a military victory Ryan I would hate to see your definition of a meat grinder.

    October 23, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Open Your Mind, ME

    OK here is my laundry list:

    Henry Tucker and Patriot NY need to brush up on their history and think back to way back in the day (a little over 4 years ago) back when Al-Qaeda didn't exist in Iraq until Bush and his buddies gave extremests a reason to hate us by invading a country that could never have attacked us on our soil. Folks, they were still repairing bridges we bombed back in 1991! So squandering our military might for some oil in the desert is not a matter of national security ANY way you cut it.

    As for Ryan, you must feel powerful calling people with brains weak. So does that mean morons are strong? It sure sounds that way to me. Uninformed, narrow minded, passionate people, love to throw words around like left wing, right wing, liberal, conservative. But the truth is there was no military justification for the actions of the commander and chief. He lied to this nation, he led us into a mess, all while letting our environment and health care system decay and people to drown and starve after Katrina. If you think that's a great leader then you should get your head examined. But make sure you have good coverage first, or you might have to settle for walking streets muttering to yourself about how you love Bush.

    October 23, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Mr Reality, OR

    Come on now, we are Americans, we can think of creative ways to keep this whole thing going and do it on the cheap. Let's just gather up all the people that voted for Bush, gave him the athority to use force in Iraq, or continue to support him to this day and strap them to the outside of the Humvee's and the APC troop carriers and ditch the armor. That way we could save a few bucks and they could be true patriotic Americans by taking a few IED's for the team! What, no takers?

    October 23, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. christian, selden, ny

    Ryan Indianapolis

    WE ARE WINNING!??! what is your definition of winning?? if we leave the country it will fall apart. if we stay, then iraq will remain a training ground for radicals to gain fighting experience and just make our relationships all over the world more and more difficult. we lose both ways! WHAT ARE WE WINNING!? do you think america is GI JOE And the middle east is COBRA??? are we winning because we have killed over 100,000 iraqi's and ONLY lost a little over 3000 soldiers, even those alot there was mostly civilians in that 100,000 figure??? are we winning when we kill civilians and create even more hatred and even future terrorists against our country?? are we winning when the WHOLE WORLD is against us. people once looked at us like we were a beacon of hope for the future of their countries, but how can people fight for democracy when it is proven to be manipulated so easily by big money??? tell me please in what way is this war a good thing?? how come FEDS ran a test on LAX airport and got fake bombs on board airplanes 75% of the time? we were hit on 9/11 after 6 years of planning. this isnt an episode of 24 they arent going to attack the next year, they are going to do what any REAL LIFE criminal orginization would do, lay low THEN attack. HOW ARE WE WINNING!??! there is more reasons to attack america today then there was during 9/11.....we are losing miserably

    October 23, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. christian, selden, ny

    Ryan Indianapolis

    you are defeated, but the sad this is you will never know it. even after the next terrorist attack even after our economy collapses you will still stand up and find a reason why things are great. i hope you do not have children because if you can even understand the future this administration is giving them and still support them then i feel bad for your children. it takes a weaker man NOT to question his authority. it takes a weaker man to accept what hes fed. it takes a weaker man to not think for themselves. and the weakest of all men are the CHRISTIANS that support this administration, because anybody that thinks jesus would support this republican party just because they dont believe in abortion and homosexuality is so ignorant and blind that it is deeply disturbing! jesus was a liberal face it. he was a different thinker in a time of oppresion and injustice. that means he question the system that means he believed in things that equated to HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION and ANTI-WAR. Jesus would have not been on your side. and GOD most definetely is not!!!

    October 23, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Let me first start by saying – yall make me laugh! I very much enjoyed reading the knee-jerk reaction and attempted satire of my southern heritage. Ivan Pavlov thanks yall for proving his theory.

    Now – to answer the question the questions thrown around why Bush would continue spending money on the Iraq War yet balk at $35 Billion for SCHIPS:

    1) We're IN Iraq – our soldiers need food, water, medical supplies, munitions, etc.

    2) Poor kids ALREADY have coverage (medicaid, SCHIPS, etc). The recent SCHIPS bill was EXTENDING coverage beyond poor kids into covering middle-class ($83k income, 25 years of age). Bush had already agreed to extend SCHIPS by $5 Billion – but dems were looking for a fight and got one.

    3) Iraq War expenditures are finite. One day we will be out of Iraq and the additional costs will stop. SCHIPS will go on forever with an ever increasing cost (don't yall know healthcare costs have been rising?).

    You rants about Bush making money on the War, impeach the President, cluck, cluck, cluck. One of the ONLY persons on this blog who actually GETS it – is Joe-Florida (and I really don't know his political bent – nor do I care). What the heck do I know anyway – I'm just a hick from Ga.

    Thanks yall for playing. Come back real soon. :)

    October 23, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Posted By r schier norwalk, ct

    We are winning People, that is not a bad Thing, if you are a TRUE AMERICAN"

    winning??? what are we winning????? what is a TRUE AMERICAN???? moron…

    October 23, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. get real

    "I have never in my life seen people so intimidated and insecure over a president"

    Posted By Ryan Indianapolis

    Well, we've never never, ever ever had a "president" as completeley ineffective and incompetent...anyone in their right mind would feel intimidated and insecure, with this miscreant so close to home....DUH !!!

    October 23, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    Ryan, Indianapolis

    We are not winning anything. Consider this...we have been in Iraq longer now than we were in WW2. We entered that war in 1941 and by 1943 the war was already won from a materials standpoint. From 1943 to 1945 it was a mop up operation. Yes, a bloody and horrific mop up operation at that but logistically we were already the victors. By 1943, the US government was beginning to cancel armaments contracts, a full 2 years before the end of the war. We are nowhere near that point in Iraq. Thanks to Bush administration bungling we will probably be there thru the end of the decade at the very least. In WW2, our armed forces were scattered all over Europe and the Pacific. And today thanks to Bush and his greedy oil cronies we are getting our butts kicked in a country the size of California.

    October 23, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Kade in Phoenix, Arizona

    As a member of the active duty military i first need to point out that the money to pay, clothe, give us health care, and feed us is not a part of the supplement bill that money is already provided in every budget. To try to use that argument in saying he is right is kinda faulty and shows a distinct lack of research and/or intellegence.

    Second I am surprised that the president would call out OUR congress so much more harshly then he did the Iraqi parliment which took a break over the summer. All bush's tactics are pretty much for naught in the end because the next president is going to get into office on the ticket of bringing our people home. Unless you republicans think that the curt 36% approval of the Iraqi war will sky rocket over the next year.

    Posted By Jeramy Mihaovits, Midwest City Oklahomma : October 22, 2007 5:15 pm

    Now this is the kind of insight that most of the commentors on this site need. An actual soldier telling it like it is. People, read and learn.

    October 23, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. therealist

    Harry and Nancy hold the purse strings, all they have to do is say no..

    What is your freedom worth?

    October 23, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. straighttalker

    Where are those war headlines that CNN was pushing on us all last year? Has the agenda changed??
    Or is Democracy winning and that's counter to the progress agenda perhaps?

    CNN's war coverage has been a biased disaster. One that will not be forgotten by openminded Americans, Iraqi's or US military personnel..

    October 23, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. Pete, T.S. FL

    “straighttalker”

    Since when do we care what Iraqis think? As far as war coverage, CNN actually gets it! And as to my fellow military brothers and sisters they and I won’t forget the honest and open reporting by CNN. Have they made mistakes? Yes, but unlike other “news agencies" they actually admit being wrong!

    October 23, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. RightyTighty

    Have you seen the progess report from Iraq lately?

    Noble and courageous, Bush is destined to be one of the greatest war time presidents. The proof is in the historical pudding..

    Biggest Tax Cuts
    Biggest shift of tax burden to upper 10%
    Shortest, non-double dippn, non-recession
    7 years of economic expansion/5 during war time
    Highest homeownership(all races)
    No child left behind
    911 stewardship
    Highest rated president
    Afghanistan democracy
    Iraq democracy
    Iron willed, steadfast, foresighted rebuking of the "choose to lose" liberal democrats in our worthless 110th Congress

    Ha Ha!

    October 23, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Sonja San Francisco CA

    Democrats! Democrats! Democrats!
    Do you realize your opinion of Bush has been bought and paid for? Do your homework and find out who spent millions of dollars to black-ball Bush. Yes, millions. It's based on Pavlov's Dog. If one repeats something over and over again, people lacking in intelligence will begin to think they believe what they've been hearing over and over again. You, my friends, have been bought and paid for. Does that make you angry? It sure infuriated me when I read about it. Do some research.

    October 23, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. Karen,nj

    Brandon in Florida.. We do not need more money put into the education system. The school systems are a mess, don't you pay attention to the news, public schools are like mini war zones. The country is out of control. What I'd like to know is where is all that lottery money going! I thought that was for the schools. This is probably the most corrupt country in the world containing the brightest people in the world. Isn't that a shame! We have become a nation of greed which will cause our downfall.

    October 24, 2007 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
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