October 22nd, 2007
02:00 PM ET
12 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. Pete, T.S. FL

    Henry Tucker,

    Your comments throughout the ticker are absurd at best. Suggest you quit listening to Rush and friends for a week, take a deep breath and look around you. The people that you blindly defend have cause serious harm to our country. If you truly care about America spit out the Kool-Aid and join us.

    Boo, be afraid, be very afraid………………………………………………

    October 22, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. LaAngeloMysterioso

    Henry did you wake up and stop support of Republicans? Good, now try bashing the democrats, its not hard. Pelosi's Turkish Genocide resolution and Reid's "Can my son make more coin lobbying us on that?" and can somebody pass a budget are starters. You'd probably get my vote for office since you can't be worse than they are. You running?

    October 22, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. RL Dallas TX

    Well Henry Tucker, GA! Do you actually have an answer as to why he vetoed the childrens health bill costing $35 billion and now requesting $42 billion for a useless, rediculous war? Of course people are going to comment. He's a hypocrit. He should go to Iraq and take all his hillbilly followers with him. I'll buy your one way ticket Henry!

    October 22, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Michael Torrance, CA

    If the war in Iraq was doing any good for anybody then funding it to the tune of 189 billion would still be the biggest waste of taxpayer money in our history. But the war isn't good for Iraq or America so funding it is a crime against taxpayers all over America. Just bring our troops home and let the people of Iraq figure out how they want to run their country.

    October 22, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Jeramy Mihaovits, Midwest City Oklahomma

    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.

    October 22, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Ron Elkhart, IN

    Well, here's another chance for Pelosi and Reid (THE Democratic Party Leadership...YUK YUK YUK) to roll over and play dead again!!!

    October 22, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Terry, El Paso, TX

    I think that Congress should take pre-emptive action of its own. Congress could declare that no state of war exists between the United States and Iran. If only Congress can declare war, then surely they can declare that no war exists. This should prevent the administration from legally taking any military action against Iran or inside Iran. We need to get some grownups to take charge of the situation.

    October 22, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Jeff D, Starkville MS

    Where does this money go? Certainly not into the bank accounts of soldiers.. no, it goes to all his buddy contractors. Read "economic hitman" and learn how it all works.

    Also, where does this money come from? Loans? Then WHO gets stuck with paying the interest??

    October 22, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    is not about hate-blogging, the fact is that the president is being a Hypocrite, to offer NO Alternative to the CHIP program, yet to ask for another $46 Billion to fund the wars he has so badly mis-managed (by the way this is the way ALL Republican Candidates feel) is just ridiculous! why should we trust him with ANY of our money...

    October 22, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Laura - Tulsa OK

    Where have you all been recently. Iraq has turned. No doubt this war has been more difficult than anticipated. But if you're familiar with Amer. history, it's gone down as predicted. You'd better clean up your traitorous party before you claim to be capable of cleaning up the country . The Democratic party is a big part of the problems in this nation because its leaders voted for the war until they saw how difficult war is; then they withdrew support. Pres. Bush and the loyal Republican leaders are the few who stuck with the mission.

    October 22, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Brad, Omaha NE

    @ Mr. Tucker

    if we don't take care of our kids, who's going to kill all the "insurgents" (a.k.a.. – civilians) 15 years from now when we are still there "spreading democracy"?

    October 22, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. RB, from the bay state

    The only way this would be worth considering is if his immediate resignation with Cheney driving the getaway car was part of the package.

    Otherwise, I say "NO"

    October 22, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. christian, selden, ny

    Henry Tucker, Ga

    this is the worst argument! they always say this crap...."lets see the liberals bash the republicans again" argument!!! this administration has done NOTHING RIGHT!! NOTHING!!! no bill they pass truly benefits the everyday american from the bills they pass that benefit the ultra-wealthy!!! how are the liberals still being looked at as crazy?? how can you justify anything that comes out of these idiots mouths anymore!?!? they say no to the childcare bill for $60 billion and yes to funding this disgusting war for more then $100 billion!?!? i hope your ignorant ass eats plenty of popcorn on your couch reading ann coultures new book while our country that used to be respectful goes down the toilet! JESUS WAS A LIBERAL. liberal societies GROW and BUILD. liberal societies are successful our country was founded by liberals. what do you know???? its people like you that avoid subjects by talking about "how crazy liberals" are. how about you stop classifying everyone and then condemning them without even looking at these bills this administration is passing?!!? no one but the admin. and their friends could POSSIBLY be happy with what they are doing to this country!!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Adam Boston, MA


    He must be impeached now.

    Wow. Just wow.

    October 22, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Tenry Hucker, Al

    George Bush is the devil for vetoing SCHIPs

    October 22, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. Gorbashov

    Am I late to the Bush-apologists-are ignorant-morons-party????

    The glass is not half full here you dolts! The glass is broken and this failed policy is the reason. Time to close the cupboard before we break anymore glassware.

    Why isn't this pathetic poor excuse for a human being undergoing impeachment proceedings?

    January 2009 can't come soon enough!

    October 22, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. Scott, Cincinnati, OH

    I say we give him the money if he promises to shoot Dick in the head, then move to Iraq to see this mess through. Nancy Pelosi will make a fine President until Hillary takes office.

    October 22, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Julie, Atlanta, GA


    October 22, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. John Gross Omaha Nebraska


    October 22, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. ronnie knoxville tn

    Id rather spend the money on supporting the men who are protecting our country than on health care for teenagers who have babies they don't even want.

    October 22, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Angela, WPB, FL

    Henry ,"Ya'll" GA
    Why don't you put your popcorn down, get off your Bush-loving, war loving, butt and go help a sick kid in your neighborhood.

    October 22, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    Y'all Henry Tucker from Georgia, go shoot some squirrels and leave the thinking to the learned people. You want to go shoot insurgents, get your gun and go, DO NOT FIGHT THIS WAR WITH SOMEBODY ELSES CHILDREN. Chouch commando.

    Most of the money Bush is asking for goes to people like Blackwater, NOT the soldiers. They get paid 10 times more than our soldiers. And I'm not even going to bring up the corruption, theft, and yes some of our money even makes it to the insurgents.

    The only thing we should be funding is a trip home for our brave brothers and sisters in harms way (for NO REASON)

    Y'all's OUT

    October 22, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. R Paul Portland OR 97202

    Sad that that poor Georgia fella would eat popcorn while children starve.

    October 22, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. Melissa, Los Angeles, Ca

    We need support for people suffering in our country! There are still people homeless in the aftermath of Katrina and citizens dying of sickness becuase they don't have proper heath insurance.

    October 22, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    ...and NO Bush is not the Devil (too stupid), but he sure does work for him.

    ...the Devil is Dick Cheney.

    October 22, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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