October 19th, 2007
08:00 AM ET
7 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. Sonja San Francisco CA

    Stark is an ignorant flamer. Any adult behaving this badly needs professional help in a hurry. He has created further hate and division. I'm beginning to believe the Democrats have been sniffing glue or something. No intellight adult would be caught dead behaving so stupidly. The history books will not shine favorably on the Democrats.

    October 19, 2007 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  2. Jamma, hon Hi

    I seen this on Tv was funny.... yet, how true. how many other don't feel the same as he does, but don't speak their minds?

    October 19, 2007 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  3. Wilson, Palo Alto, CA

    Another case where republican trying to mislead American people by saying a criticism on Bush is a criticism on the troops. What else is new ?

    October 19, 2007 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  4. Thomas F. , Lakewood Washington

    I believe he is right and I'm a veteran my self. Mike Ducan is wrong not every American thinks it is a insult. I take what Mike Ducan said as a insult. Cuause one, he stated every American. Well Mike Ducan you don't speak for me. I praise Rep. Pete Stark, for stating the truth on what it really is.

    October 19, 2007 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  5. Angry American

    So why don't the Dems stop helping Bush out by giving him money?

    October 19, 2007 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  6. Matt Pasadena California

    Somebody has to say it. Moderation needs to swept aside for action in the defense of our nation. Who cares what you say, its what you do. Bush and the Republicans don't like it, tough. I am sure allowing their contractor buddies and their ten thousand sub-contractors rape our tax payers is amusing to them, to me it seems like that money is earned at the cost of American soldiers lives. So in fact, they are probably dying for their amusement, but its time to stop laughing.

    October 19, 2007 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  7. John Vukovich, White Plains, NY

    I don't feel at all insulted by Pete Stark, on the contrary, I am in full agreement with his comments on the House Floor. What I feel insulted about is the stupidity of our moronic president, who send our fellow young Amricans to die in an illegal war and kill innocent Iraqi civilians. That is what I feel insulted about. You can forward this opinion to Mr. Stark and to Mike Duncan and Nancy Pelosi.

    October 19, 2007 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  8. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    President Bush is committing treason, the people don't want to be in Iraq, and yet he doesn't listen. The president is supposed to represent the citizens of the United States, what we have is despotism. Shame on you Bush.

    October 19, 2007 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  9. Fond du Lac, WI

    How else is Commander Guy supposed to get his kicks? Dinner and a movie now cost about $100 for a family. With oil at nearly $90 per barrel, the family vacation is out. And since his brilliant economic policies have left our dollar worthless so we can sell all the wonderful things we manufacture in this country overseas, there isn't much he can do with the dough he has. So why not have a little sport lining up the soldiers who have supported you and watch them get picked off one by one? It's what they call good clean fun down in Texas where musical chairs hasn't been the same since they retired Ol' Sparky.

    I don't condemn our Commander Guy for wanted a little blood-soaked fun. I condemn this Democrat for making such a big deal of it. Come on, lighten up. If you can't make a joke out of the misconceived reasons for this war, and you can't be bothered to attend a single funeral, and if, like your mom, you really don't like looking at dead people, because it soils your beautiful mind, then you have to have your ersatz kicks watching the death toll mount daily, knowing you did this all by yourself, like the big boy you are, and that no one will ever touch you for it.

    Shame on you, Pete Stark, shame on you!

    October 19, 2007 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  10. Michael McKown, Burbank, CA

    Pete Stark, don't stop with just that one remark. You're showing the guts to expose the hypocrisies of the Bush Administration. I wish other Democrats were so willing. Keep it up.

    October 19, 2007 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  11. Antonio, Barcelona Spain

    He does have a point. If we're going to have fresh troops for the never ending war in Iraq come 2015 we should start taking care of future troops er ... children now. We can just work SCHIP into the Iraq war funding bills and no one will ever notice where the money went.

    October 19, 2007 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  12. G. Carlson

    I'm not amused that Pete Stark thinks that my kid was blown up by and IUD for anyone's entertainment. Sometimes monkeys have more sense than these elected officials. If Pete Stark had seen how many tears the President has cried for the dead and wounded thoughout this awful conflict he'd be punching himself in the mouth for what he said.

    October 19, 2007 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  13. Observer

    BRAVO REp. Stark ! Bravo!

    You should be running for President!

    October 19, 2007 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  14. Mark Campbell, Pelham, Albama

    This shows the democratic parties true colors about how they feel about those serving in unform. I saw in my 20 years of service in the Navy and my son's 6 years in the Marines that hte democrats of today felt about the military the same as the post Viet Nam democrats did. Some of them are still there in office. Remember actions speak louder than words and the HMO medical system (Tri-Care Prime), the drawdown and funding cuts of the Peace Dividend, lower pay raises than the civilian population during democratic administrations are just afew of the examples. The press and the democrats do not want to know why the armed forces do not vote for them in any significant numbers.

    October 19, 2007 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  15. AnaHadWolves, Philadelphia, PA, USA

    Oh, puh-leze, Repooplicans! Stop the disingenuous whining; your Presidunce has no clue about the suffering of our troops and actually seems to be enjoying their death, destruction and misery.

    Mr. Bush reminds me of a long-departed ruler: Caligula.

    October 19, 2007 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  16. Ray Gillespie Gaston, Indiana

    Maybe it is time for Stark to resign. We don't need his attitude!!!

    October 19, 2007 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  17. Dave Marulli, Burlington Vermont

    I praise Pete Stark's courage. More American need to see whats actually happening for change to take place. Imagine if we took all the money and energy we have and are putting in Iraq into protecting and securing America? It is insulting to Americans intelligence that Mike Duncan would say this "is an insult to every American". It is not. Also it is not "unacceptable" to say something like this. Saying it is unacceptable" is trying to supress. At this point with president bush backed by the Illuminati the war machine is at work. They control the world militarily through Washington D.C., financially through Inner London and spiritually through the Vatican. This is so sad. But finally in the information age masses of people will know things they never knew before and hopefully we will put this type of government, treason and death business out of businnes forever and replace it whith a world where countries arent recognized for military power but for their spiritual evolution and Earth friendly ways of living.

    October 19, 2007 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  18. Denise Sadonis, Liverpool, NY

    It is about time someone stands up to the President and the Congress and "tells it like it is", instead of sugar coating the reality that this useless war, based on lies, is killing our soldiers and innocent civilians. Good for Rep. Pete Stark. He would get my vote if I could vote for him. Denise S, NY.

    October 19, 2007 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  19. Marko, Morgantown, WV

    This guy Stark seems to be the smartest man in American politics these days... Too bad he is alone...

    October 19, 2007 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  20. votethem-gop-out miami,fl

    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."

    Way to go Congressman Stark!

    Republicans are TRASH and they call themselves compasionate conservatives.
    USELESS as tits on a bull.

    October 19, 2007 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  21. Abraham, Springfield, PA

    Rep. Stark has to be commended for his remark. The President and all members of Congress who still supports this evil war have to realize we are fighting in vain in Iraq. Let's bring home our troops NOW. Let' stop the killing of innocent people. Bush has enough conscience as he "cries every night" with this nightmare we the people are paying dearly with the lives of our young soldiers and our hard-earned tax dollars.

    October 19, 2007 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  22. Sacramento, California

    Pete Stark was wrong. Troops are dying not just for Bush's amusement, but for the political entertainment and enrichment of the entire Republican party. From their deaths flow all the wealth currently be ammassed and horded by the traitorous elite known as Neocons. They the presence of evil in the world.

    October 19, 2007 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  23. Shannon, Minnesota

    The truth is hard to hear, remember him making jokes about not being able to find WMD. This war is a mess, and the vast majority of Americans want our troops home.

    October 19, 2007 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  24. Jose Nieves

    It's about time a politician has the gall to tell it like it is with this President and his cronies!

    October 19, 2007 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  25. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    His comments are disgraceful and beneath contempt.

    Unfortunately I expect nothing less from the socialists that have taken over what was once an honorable Democratic party.

    I won't hold my breath waiting for the "leaders" of the Democratic party to issue an apology or condemn his statements.

    October 19, 2007 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
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