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. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

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

    No doubt Henry, and those dag-gone liberals are correct. Except for one thing. They (those dag-gone liberals) want our troops home, unlike you, who enjoy a bowl of popcorn (probably with BBQ season salt) while watching our fine men and women of the armed forces bomb the hell out of yet another country. Remember the so called "insurgents" weren't there until we were. And here's another thought for you Henry. If your city was invaded tonight by an occupying force in the name of converting your Government to what another country think it ought to be, and you were a bit peeved and set down that delicious popcorn and decided you were going to defend your country, you Henry, would be labeled an "insurgent"...Now, lets have a beer, wash down that dry ass popcorn, and bring those men and women home, so they can have good old American food, water, medicine and munitions for deer season.
    Let's hope our frail congress does the right thing this time....

    October 22, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Shane Bierwith, San Francisco, Gay Male

    Wow. Just give him everything. More money to continue a war indefinitely. Who needs timetables, goals or strategy when you can just ask for more money...

    October 22, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Tanya M, Hackensack,NJ

    Henry Tucker

    Much of the money that is being so-called "invested" in Iraq has been unaccounted for and much has been wasted. Most of this money is money that's been borrowed from China, Saudi Arabia, and India. This is disgraceful and embarrassing.And yes George Bush does place a failed war with no end in sight above the needs of his own country. He has reached a new low by turning down a health coverage bill for children who are the future of this country. I personally think that if a President wants to start a war, it should be a requirement that he should send his children to that war. If George Bush's 2 daughters, who seem to enjoy spending lots of time sunbathing in CanCun while others their age are dying in Iraq, were forced to fight in Iraq, the "decider-in-chief" would have halted that war in no time.

    October 22, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. carolyn plano, texas

    I am totally amazed that Henry Tucker would make such a dumb comment. "W" as in WORST, has gotten us into a war that none of the Congreeman's family members are fighting in. Of course it would bee easy to continue to give kacled up Bush a blank check. THey were so worried about bringing family values back into the White House after Clinton, but what can they say now after so many innocent lives our soldiers have had to return 3, 4 and sometimes 5 times for additional tour of duties. It baffles me how we are basically GIVING money to the terrorists just like they did with Iran-Contra. At least when Clinton lied nobody died. That my friend, is the best license plate I have seen; too bad it's true. It seems as though you narrow minded, gun loving, egotistical, arrorgant and pompous holier than thou right-wingers don't know when to take your ball and go home. You all are the one's that have damaged the image of America.

    October 22, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. D. Endo, Honolulu HI

    When Ross Perot talked about the giant "sucking sound" back when he was a candidate for president, it was NAFTA. The giant sucking sound you hear these days is US jobs being outsourced like Perot prophesized, but the really loud sucking noise is US tax dollars being drained away from domestic issues, like healthcare for children and other social programs to the endless black hole that is Iraq, Afghanistan and if these crazy yahoos have their way, IRAN.

    October 22, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Shane Gaywith, San Francisco

    Sweet. More money for the war machine. How about no. How about we start withdrawing our troops from a lose lose battle? How many more troops must lose their lives?

    October 22, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    The Decider keeps right on doing EXACTLY what Bin Laden has stated publicly what he wants to do to America.....bankrupt us. Bush walked right into his trap with his illegal and immoral war of CHOICE in Iraq, and has pissed away over one half TRILLION dollars on a war that has accomplished nothing other than weaken our military and badly isolated us from the whole world, including former allies. Bin Laden must be THRILLED that a second rigged election has allowed Bush to continue to ravage America for him and at the expense of the American people. Impeach this incompetent buffoon NOW before he decides that he "knows what's best for America" and orders an attack on Iran.

    October 22, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. frances j, killington vt.

    I urge the Congress to fund the necessary war additions to help us in the fight against terrorism throughout the world. We need to support our troops not just morally and vocally but financially as well. If it wasn't for our troops, we could be speaking an Arabic language right now.

    October 22, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Derrick, Chicago IL

    I would like a fancy new car, a giant house, and a plasma TV. I also want food, toilet paper, and soap. I have to prioritize and determine what I can afford, and what I can not.

    Bush should do the same. After we have OUR basic needs met (eg ALL of our children have health insurance) THEN we can go throwing cash at rebuilding Iraq and other countries.

    October 22, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Joe Ripley

    now we can all get together and have a partay at his ranch!

    October 22, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. John Sollami, Stamford, CT

    We are going the way of the Roman Empire. Rotting on the inside while a fool leader sends our forces to fight futile foreign wars. And there's not a dime to preserve America's Everglades. Impeach!! Down with the dictator!!

    October 22, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Albee Darned, Dallas, TX

    He must be impeached now.
    Posted By Ethan.

    No. Harding, Johnson, and Nixon were disgraces (and Carter is just a putz).


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

    Posted By Gary.

    Probably as much as Chinese dishwashers are going to give to Hillary.


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

    Posted By a voter,

    Some think its doing good keeping our enemies at bay overseas.


    Posted By Karen,nj

    As a citizen of the United States of America I say Yes Yes Yes. Cancels you out doesn't it?


    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

    Posted By Andrew, NJ

    Yup – no power vacuum potential there. Ask a Vietnamese refugee how things worked out with the Khmer Rouge and the North Vietnamese after we cut off funding and cut and run there.

    Folks when you are at war – play to win or don't play at all. Since we are already in – we need to win before we can come home.

    It's real easy for us remote and comfortably unthreatened folks to say
    "Stop the war" "Stop the funding" – not really thinking that doing so puts those brave men and women over there in peril by doing so. Anybody stop to think the number of casualties we would incur if we withdrew before the job is done? If you're worried about the troops, cut and run isn't a better option than stay and win.

    October 22, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Why is this man still President?

    October 22, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. Vance, Lansing, MI

    How much more money and is this an open ended thing for Bush?
    As an Indepdenent, I'm considering Hillary as a rebuke to Bush for spending like a drunken sailor on a pointless religious civil war.

    October 22, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    Wow Henry Tucker of Ga.... Do you believe in Santa Clause too????

    Seriously how many times does a person have to LIE to you before you stop listening???

    Below are just 5 (there are many more)

    #1 In 2000 and 2001 Bush promised that Social Security Funds would remain in a lockbox and that “we can proceed with tax relief without fear of budget deficits even if the economy softens” since his budget projections are “cautious and conservative”.

    #2 President Bush claimed that he requested his 2001 tax cuts because of the recession.

    The administration also sought to justify cuts on the grounds that the US could only repay $2 trillion of its $3.2 trillion debt over the next ten years since $1.2 trillion would not mature until after that point – therefore why not use the $1.2 trillion for tax cuts.

    #3 As the budget deficit emerged; Bush assured us that the deficits would be “small and temporary”.

    He also stated “I remember campaigning in Chicago and one of the reporters said, ‘Would you ever deficit spend?’ I said, ‘Only – only – in times of war, in times of economy insecurity as a result of a recession or in times of national emergency.’ Never did I dream we’d have a trifecta.’” The White House repeated this trifecta claim throughout 2002.

    #4 Faced with growing deficits, President Bush and Glenn Hubbard, the chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, now claim that deficits do not matter and have no impact on interest rates.

    #5 In 2003, Bush offers a “stimulus package” that calls for $670 billion in additional tax cuts. Vice President Cheney argues the tax cuts are necessary to prevent a double dip recession.

    In 2004, Bush claimed “the economic stimulus plan that I passed is making a big difference.”

    Awww its ok Henry "Stay the course!"

    Tuesday, January 23, 2001

    1 US Dollar = 1.06474 Euro

    Tuesday, October 23, 2007

    1 US Dollar = 0.70138 Euro

    October 22, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Ray Sarasota fl

    The Republicans do not hate children. Even most Bush administration officials do not hate children. That is because most sociopaths are devoid of human emotion. Now sit back and have a glass of Kool Aid to wash down that popcorn.

    October 22, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. sean metamora, IL

    why should he get more money,
    look at it like a business.
    his business plan was based on fantasy,
    he has failed to produce any assets and costs are constantly rising, no bank in the world would keep his credit line open.

    October 22, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. TrueAmerican

    N-O No, lets use that money to bring the troops home, and maybe fix some stuff thats been forgotten about maybe like our infrastructure.

    October 22, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. JK Ashburn, VA

    It'll be interesting to watch how all of you Bush-haters react when your Congresscreatures rubber stamp this as they always do. The same sort of venom you manage to spew for Bush? Make sure you know how to spell "hypocrisy" when you look it up in the dictionary.

    October 22, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  20. a voter

    Dear Henry Tucker in GA,
    Maybe you can explain to us why Bush hung our troops in Afganistan out to dry by diverting resourses out of that country and into Iraq?
    I have a buddy in the Marine Corps right now, and he hates Bush even more than I do. He joined up to help in Afganistan and they sent him to Iraq!
    Enjoy your popcorn.

    October 22, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. Luke, Detroit MI

    Bush wants another $42 Billion for more wars. And I want a Ferrari. But we can't always get what we want, can we?

    October 22, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. Robert, GA

    Henry Tucker,
    Why don't you actually make a decent argument or statement about the article instead of showing everyone what an uninformed redneck you are. Bush is not the devil, he is just by far the WORST President this country has ever seen, worst then Presidents Buchanan, Harding, and Coolidge put together.

    We should not just blindly give President Bush all this money. There should be restrictions and a comprehensive plan on how to spend it to protect our soldiers while they are in harms way. I do not think denying the money will do any good, especially for the Democratic Party because it will make them look unpatriotic. And the last thing this country needs is a Republican controlled Congress again. We need to play it safe to get a veto-proof majority in Congress so we can end this war and reverse everything this President has done.

    October 22, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  23. therealist

    What price have you paid for your freedom?

    What price have we already paid for other's freedom? Was it worth it??

    October 22, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  24. Rocco, Wellington, FL

    If Congress gives Bush another dime it is too much. I think we may need to look at new faces in Congress if they keep funding this mad man.

    October 22, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. Carlos Nevarez Negron, Dorado, Puerto Rico, U.S.A

    We as a Republic have an obligation to fufill. WE made the decision to go to war. If we didn't want to, then WE as THE PEOPLE could have stopped this issue way back when. Yet we let him and now we are obligated. Right now, we are doing an excellent job in Iraq. The troop surge should have been done from the beginning. Now the fruits of our determination is beginning to mature. Little by Little. Our Commander and Chief has finally realised his mistakes and that was not listening to the advice given by seasoned Generals. Some of them whom experienced Vietnam.
    I am a proud member of this Nation's Armed Forces. Even though I live in Puerto Rico. I serve because Puerto Rico is a territory of this great Republic. And we owe this great Republic for showing us the ropes. We shouldn't give up... thousands of people have died. OUR citizens. My Brothers and Sisters. The Commander and Chief should get what he requests. I know some people are angry, who wouldn't be. But this great Republic chose him to lead us again.
    He's starting to let the people in the sand box run things. The people who are there are now forming strategy's. And By God, they are working.

    October 22, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
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