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. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Henry Tucker GA:

    "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!"

    Well Mr. Tucker I haven't got my popcorn as I don't plan on staying that long.

    I am not a Liberal or a Democrat, I am a Canadian. But I am sick, sore, and tired of hearing about our brave Canadian, American and Nato soldiers along with innocent citizens losing their lives as a result of this so called war.

    I wouldn't call George Bush a Devil but I would question his leadership and/or lack there of.

    And I certainly would expect that a President who is responsible for putting military members in harms way to accomplish his agenda would ensure they get paid and are supplied with the necessary tools, safety equipment, and military leadership they so justly deserve.

    And I would ask the hard questions as to why President Bush is demanding an additional 42.3 billion American dollars to bring the total of expenditures for this war to a whopping 189.3 billion to date.

    And I would ask your President Bush what he thinks the 42.3 additional billions are going to accomplish given that the previous 147 billion spent has failed to bring very little if any progress or success.

    And then I would ask your President Bush why troops are still in Iraq, how much longer they are going to continue to occupy that country, for what reason and what he thinks the current and future occupation will achieve.

    And then I would ask your President Bush if he has a strategic plan of action for future operations in Iraq or will be the same old song of "Stay the Course." And than I would ask your President Bush if he has a strategic exit plan.

    And then I would ask your President Bush how long he expects to be able to maintain the troop levels currently employed in Iraq. And where he expects to find replacements for the current level of troops to avoid complete troop burn out.

    And than I would ask your President Bush if he feels the 42.3 billion he is requesting is a legimate request given that there has been little progress or success to date in Iraq. And if he feels his request is legimate I would then ask him to explain and elaborate why he feels this is so.

    And then I would ask your President Bush if his Vice President Cheney's current statements regarding Iran and their Nuclear Program are as some believe a lead up to an attack on Iran. And if so, why he or his administration would even entertain such a thought given the likely outcome of such action.

    October 22, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  2. Patrick, Cape May NJ

    It's not use to pay and supply the troops, that expense is minimal. It's to sustain an unwinnable war and he should not get it.

    October 22, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  3. Rodney, Little Elm, Texas

    OUCH! $189.3B of my money for war and destruction and that's just in 2008. But it is "too expensive" to spend $7B in 2008 for children health. Maybe we should draft 10 million children in the military and send them to Iraq. I that way they will get the healthcare they need.

    October 22, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  4. David, Dallas Tx

    In 2004 the federal government lost $375 billion to interest payments on the $7.4 trillion national debt.

    In 2007 the federal government planned to lose $500 billion (33% more!) to pay the interest on the more than $9 trillion national debt.


    The definition of liberal fiscal responsibility: getting a balanced budget, a la Bill Clinton.

    The definition of conservative fiscal responsibility: reducing federal income while increasing federal spending, to the effect that the national debt skyrockets and future generations lose more of their budget to interest payments.

    Reagan practiced that brand of conservative fiscal responsibility. So did Bush Sr. Clinton put a stop to it. And then Bush Jr. did it worse than his daddy or Reagan.

    If a man overspends his budget into enormous debt, we call him an idiot and recommend financial counseling.

    If a politician overspends his budget into enormous debt, we call him a Republican.

    Stop the insanity. Vote for real financial responsibility. Vote Democrat.

    October 23, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  5. Bob NY NY

    Why not find the $$$$ that has been stolen?
    I wish something would be done to catch the crooks.

    Billions over Baghdad
    Between April 2003 and June 2004, $12 billion in U.S. currency—much of it belonging to the Iraqi people—was shipped from the Federal Reserve to Baghdad, where it was dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Some of the cash went to pay for projects and keep ministries afloat, but, incredibly, at least $9 billion has gone missing, unaccounted for, in a frenzy of mismanagement and greed. Following a trail that leads from a safe in one of Saddam's palaces to a house near San Diego, to a P.O. box in the Bahamas, the authors discover just how little anyone cared about how the money was handled

    October 23, 2007 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  6. Byron, Houston,Texas

    Henry, you are a very typical conservative prick. People like yourself and Mr Bush, are dragging this great country through the mud. But don't worry, in a little over a year, the Dems will control everything. So you guys(REPUBLICANS)keep up the good work.

    October 23, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  7. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Only one way to find out what kind of people are here...GOD BLESS KING GEORGE!

    October 23, 2007 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  8. Rick, Kansas City, MO

    "BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Violence in Iraq has dropped by 70 percent since the end of June, when U.S. forces completed their build-up of 30,000 extra troops to stabilize the war-torn country, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

    The ministry released the new figures as bomb blasts in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul killed five people and six gunmen died in clashes with police in the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala south of the Iraqi capital.

    Washington began dispatching reinforcements to Iraq in February to try to buy Iraq's feuding political leaders time to reach a political accommodation to end violence between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunni Arabs that has killed tens of thousands and forced millions from their homes.

    While the leaders have failed to agree on key laws aimed at reconciling the country's warring sects, the troop buildup has succeeded in quelling violence."

    All that hard work merits food, water, and supplies for our troops. Let's pray that congress agrees.

    October 23, 2007 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  9. Ken, Tucson, AZ

    You've got to be kidding. Once again Bush is using the tired old "support our troops" line to try to make congress feel guilty if they don't go along with his request. If he takes the portion of the defense budget that he's going to give to the likes of Haliburton, Blackwater, et al, he wouldn't need the extra $42.3 billion. Then we could fund the SCHIP program.

    October 23, 2007 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  10. Dolores Van Ryn, Newark, California

    This addional $42.3 billion is not for the war. Is the money going for military equipment for the troops, hospital care for the wounded??? Now tell the truth... The money is for the contractors. This war is birthing new millionaires/billionaires.

    October 23, 2007 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  11. Sam, IA

    Hate party Henry? We aren't the party screaming for blood. Keep 89 billion of the request to fund the REAL war against terror in afghnistan and pacify Cheney and his pals in the military industrial sector. Take the other 100 billion and make some real security changes here in our own country. PS, You're suppose to pop the corn first einstein.

    October 23, 2007 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  12. mark, wilkes barrepa

    sorry henry from tucker GA, hate to ruin your fun but I agree with you. besides the pres didn't veto the schips program out of existence he just vetoed the expansion of it to include the families of children makeing as much or up to 85,000 dollars. Any one that will argue with you on this is gone over the edge into the abyss. Oh by the way ,pass the popcorn !!

    October 23, 2007 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  13. alan St Louis MO

    Good we need to spend US dollars keep Iraq and Afghanistan children healthy.

    wait did i say spend I mean borrow more money from Chinia since our newly declared agin fiscal minded leader wont put a plan on how to pay for his oil company war in Iraq.Or his republican corpates drinking the US treasury dry. But he is fiscal minded enuf not to spend a penny of the added unisured kids that would now be insured.

    wow What a mess this country in.

    October 23, 2007 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  14. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    To Henry Tucker:
    Yall? Could you be any more ignorant? You really should refrain from posting until you have learned the English language. You are just reinforcing the belief that people from the south are a bunch of stupid hillbillys.

    October 23, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  15. Jim Topeka, Kansas

    Of course we will fund it, moron. We won't leave our fighting men and women on the battle field with out the funding to sustain their operations, but that does not mean that any thing else Bush wants needs to be funded. He might control the Veto pen for now, but Congress does control the purse strings. And there is nothing that says Congress must approve anything until the last possible second and then they still don't need to pass it and there is absolutely nothing the President can do about it.

    By the way, in addition to needing to go into Iraq to destroy the WMDs, this war was suppose to be paid for but Iraqi oil money, where's the cash?

    October 23, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. America

    9/11 Happened on Bush's watch..after ignoring nine months of intelligence reports? STRANGE Who was really to say who was on those planes.

    October 23, 2007 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  17. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Just popped a bag here...what did I miss?

    October 23, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  18. Pat lambert

    Henry in Tucker. you sound about as lost as the President is. Go ahead and eat popcorn.

    October 23, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    I just wish these $42 billion is not for wars, but for peace or for the social and economical well beings of america.

    When does George Bush know that too many people have died? If he honestly beleive in the wars, why didnt he encourage his children to fight in the wars?

    October 23, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. Brian, Darien, IL

    Almost $200 Billion, that's 1/5 of a Trillion dollars... I guess that's why we should have lower taxes... so our children can pay these kinds of sums.

    Our soldiers should be getting paid, and getting food, water, and medicine... right here at home.

    October 23, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. JD, Evansville, IN


    October 23, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. Ray, Worcester MA

    455 days and counting...sanity will return to our country.

    October 23, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |

    To all the people in southern Cal... Don't you worry about those fires. Bush has sent his "prayers" for you and he is sending help to your Republican state. We all know that the fires started yesterday and today help is on it's way.

    October 23, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Brandon, Tampa, FL

    No. Just no. We already have too much money going towards this war that could have been used to advance our public education systems. We don't need a dollar more.

    October 23, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Ryan Indianapolis

    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

    October 23, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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