October 19th, 2007
08:00 AM ET
9 years ago

Democrat: Soldiers dying for Bush's 'amusement'

Republicans quickly condemned Stark's comments Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Pete Stark, D-California, is facing fire from Republicans for comments on the House floor Thursday suggesting Americans are dying in Iraq for President Bush's amusement.

Sharply critical of Bush’s veto of the children's health insurance legislation, Stark said Republicans are spending money "to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough … to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."

Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan quickly condemned the comments, saying in a statement they are "an insult to every American, Democrat or Republican."

"The leaders of the Democrat Party, including Nancy Pelosi and their presidential candidates, need to stand up and make it clear that this kind of attack is unacceptable from any elected official," Duncan added.

Stark later issued a statement saying, "I have nothing but respect for our brave men and women in uniform and wish them the very best,” said Stark. “But I respect neither the Commander-in-Chief who keeps them in harms way nor the chickenhawks in Congress who vote to deny children health care."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Iraq • President Bush
soundoff (587 Responses)
  1. Jan.

    I think some of you posters here are Intelligent you people need to run for the people and see what the hell is going on in that white house.some of you would win .Id like to see it.replace pelosi reid bonner all of em.we would have alott better America some of you should consider it,and start your Campaigns.you guys have more brains than them politicans.

    October 20, 2007 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  2. victor m santiago cape coral fl

    its about time somone states the realyty of war he shoud of mentioned the phycologecal efects to our young troopers and thier famylies also the cost the hardship getting thier rightly deserfed disabilyty as we know it does not come easyly war ruind my life 13year fight to get disabilyty.

    October 20, 2007 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  3. Alvin - Tampa, FL

    Way to go Mr. Stark! It is about time someone said what a lot of people want their representatives to say. Do not back down we support you 100%!

    October 20, 2007 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  4. Steve, Oshkosh, WI

    If you are, or were, from Wisconsin and heard the comments from people here who grew-up with Representative Stark – you would immediately ignore his most recent rave.

    October 20, 2007 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  5. bob, sunrise, fl

    way to go. 100% correct. I bet if Bush had his kids over their this war would be over. I don't think we can survive to many more months of Bush. Lets hope the next president is not such an idiot as this one has been. He is a war monger and a bully.

    October 20, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Steve, Atlanta, GA

    To those who don't like the STARK TRUTH when it's spoken about the arrogant jerk occupying the oval office-TOUGH. Get over it, and get a life. Thanks, Rep. Stark. You are a breath of fresh air. Kick butt, and take names.

    October 20, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Bob Browning, Aurora CO

    Rep. Stark is totally correct and well within his right to say what he said. This is the worst American President EVER, with the most corrupt administration ever. Make no mistake about it, Bush and his cronies worship only one god, and that god is the almighty dollar. They will do anything to make more profits for themselves, regardless of who it hurts or kill. They are without conscience. They have ruined our democracy, have no respect for our Constitution, and are just a bunch of Facists.

    We need more people like Rep. Stark to tell it like it is.

    October 20, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Lance Morrison

    EXACTLY why this left coast police officer made a politically CONSERVATIVE music CD called 'Blaming America First!.' The Libs always do, and I give Hillary, Edwards, Ward Churchill and the rest their due–to music! @


    October 20, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Henry Bame, East Spencer, N C

    It's time for someone in Washington to stand up and Mr Stark has stood up, right on Mr Stark

    October 20, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Eric Von Baranov, Sausalito, CA

    No crack pot Stark.

    Unlike most of the Administration he served in the Air Force.

    He is an Engineering grad from MIT and holds an MBA from Cal. He started Security bank and made millions.

    This guy looks like VP material to me.

    Eric Von Baranov

    October 21, 2007 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  11. Joseph

    Democrats should have condemned these comments. As much as we have all suffered under the Bush Administration, and as much of a disaster the policies of that Administration have been for our country, George Bush is NOT sending kids to Iraq to die for his own ammusement. It is morally wrong to publically say something so hideous and false about anyone, and not to have the decency to apologize for it after the fact. Democrats need to recognize where principle lies and condemn this false statement, no matter how much they personally hate Bush.

    October 21, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Pat Cleveland, OH

    I have nothing but respect for our armed services. I've had many family members and friends in the service in combat situations over the years.

    But I agree 100% with Rep. Stark. I'm glad that somebody has the nerve to speak up and call it as he sees it for a change. We're in Iraq now to cover Bush's bad judgement. Even if there was just cause for us to go invade Iraq to being with, that time is long past and there is no longer any viable reason for us to remain. Violence in Iraq is now an internal Iraqi law enforcement problem to handle.

    It is a disgrace that Bush won't give money to expand on what poor kids get because he says we're overbudget, but he spends ten times the amount in a week in Iraq – when not one cent of that money going into the Iraq war will ever benefit average Americans (only security firms, arms contractors, etc.). Yet our economy will be trashed for decades to come as a result of Pres. Bush's sequence of blunders.

    Keep on speaking up Congressman Stark, I applaud your courage to be honest and passionate about actually supporting our troops with truth for a change.

    October 23, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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