June 16th, 2010
12:02 PM ET
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Gates prods Congress on war funding

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/16/art.robertgates.0616y.gi.jpg caption = “Military operations will need to be reduced for the rest of the year unless Congress approves additional funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned senators Wednesday.”](CNN) - Military operations will need to be reduced for the rest of the year unless Congress approves additional funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned senators Wednesday.

"I am becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of progress on the supplemental and strongly urge Congress to complete its work on the request as quickly as possible," Gates told the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The Pentagon has requested an additional $33 billion to support the added financial costs of President Barack Obama's new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, now the longest conflict in U.S. history. Gates told senators that if there is no passage of the funding by the July 4 congressional recess, "We will have to begin planning to curtail defense operations."

"Such planning is disruptive, can be costly and especially in a time of war, and I ask your help in avoiding this action," he said.

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  1. GI Joe

    The GOP and tea-baggers love and support the corporations but they hate US citizens and our military. They deny the troops a lot, and have since the beginning of the Illegal War fought for oil.

    June 16, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Boy, do we need oil! We need the oil to fight the war to get more oil which we will fight to get more oil which we need to fight the war to......

    Wonder why the Iranians don't like us? Look up operation Ajax. If there's one thing we're good at, it's overthrowing legitimate governments who have the audacity to want to keep some of the profits from extracting their natural resources.

    Remind me again why we're in Afghanistan. Have a nice day!

    June 16, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Larry

    Bring the guys home.

    June 16, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. f opele

    33b more for the longest war in American history. How is this foreign policy different than the previous 8 years? I pray for this insanity to end.

    June 16, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Da Professor

    Oooops – – – Now Defense Secretary Robert Gates is beginning to sound like a right-wing extremist puppet master of the Republicans.

    Get us the heck out of Iraq Secy Gates -- NOW!

    8 or 9 years there is long enough. Longer than World war two.
    We will NEVER eliminate the Iraq tribal – religious fueding.

    Then pull our bases out of Europe and Asia. World War Two ended a while back.

    Maintaining the Status Quo and building arms that the Pentagon does not want to placate the Congressmen from those States in which we are manufacturing the unwanted goodies is just plain stupid!

    June 16, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. manhandler

    Give him NOTHING! What is it?..........8 years,,,$300 billion and thousands of deaths, both military and civilian,....... for what? To defeat terrorism? Give me a freaking break. Terrorists can plan an attack from anywhere. The Taliban NEVER attacked us and are now stronger than ever. 9/11 was mainly planned and orchetrated in THIS country. Are there really that many brain dead people leading the Government and the military. This war is preposterous. Obama is no better than the idiot who got us into this.

    June 16, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Pam

    Ahhh..... does Haliburton need more capital??

    June 16, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. rob, austin tx

    our troops need the funding and i support the request for money. they are there following orders and doing their jobs. but dang, these wars are a black hole financially. 33billion going into an "escrow" fund will go a long way to help pay teachers salaries for our young or help seniors pay for medications. i'm not into finances and don't know specifics of an escrow account but i assume it gains interest that can be pulled out and used to pay for something.

    June 16, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Support Our Troops

    All congress is worried about is their stupid cap and trade fiasco. The bill will be another disaster by the chavez type leadership.I think this bunch is against Americans instead of for us.

    June 16, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Ron Dpuglas

    De-funding the wars may be the only way to get our country out of this mess, that has no clear objective or ending date. Declare victory and leave. Lets take care of the problems at home!!!!!

    June 16, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Stop the spending

    more money, more money, more money. When are we going to stop this endless waste of our resources on these hellholes? How many of our children are we going to keep tossing into coffins?
    Gates says strategy, what strategy? We react, that's it. Either bring all of hell on these enemies of humankind or get the hell out.

    June 16, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. KateHikes

    No more money for jewish wars! Why are we sending our brave men and women to fight and die for I$rael?

    June 16, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. gg

    finally something the republicans can vote yes on

    June 16, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Gates is right on the money and Congress needs to pass the stupid supplemental ASAP. It stings, it s-cks, but it's necessary. Unfortuantely, here is what the GOPers heard instead:

    "If you refuse to give Obama the $33B required to continue implementing his plan in Afghanistan, it will most likely fail, resulting in increased troop death, devolution of the minor progress made thus far in helping Afghanistan create a stable, independent government and will prevent Obama from killing more Al Qaeda, their leadership or perhaps even bin Laden. In short, obstructing this legislation will help you to claim that Obama and his foreign relations/war policies are failures."

    June 16, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I do not trust gates gates will try to keep us in irac for ever we need that war money for security at home

    June 16, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Wil in the VA.

    It's a disgrace that know under this adminastation the defense chief has to beg for funding for a war. Now you are worried about the cost but for seven years it didn't matter. This is all because thier is a plan to get out of both Irac and afghanistan

    June 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. A Kickin' Donkey

    Want to cut the Budget Deficit Mr. Republican Politician ??? .... THEN CUT SPENDING by the DOD.

    Let's see what is in the bill when it comes forward ... for example, will it have C-17s that the DOD does not want ... but some Congressman does ???? Will it have a 2nd engine for the Joint STrike Fighter ... which the DOD does not want .... but some Congressman does???

    I will be looking at all members of the news media to see if they are on top of an analysis of this spending bill and IF they have the professionalism to point out HIPOCRACY by anyone not seizing this moment to drive the budget deficit LOWER,

    Drag your feet if you want to ... GOP'ers. When President Obama takes us out of Iraq, the pressure that is continually expanding budget deficit will start to subside ... unless there are some shenanigins.

    June 16, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    $33 billion? The liberals are not going to like wasting that kind of money just fighting a war. This is money that could be used at home. There are struggling auto companies and big financial insurance companies who got in over their head. Not only that, there are homeowners who got a little too greedy and bought more house than they could afford and now the banks want them to make payments or they could take their house away. ...And then there are the Palestinians who are getting abused by Israel just for a few rockets...

    June 16, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Gil

    Why aren't the members of the Party of No speaking out about this wasteful spending and militarism? They keep talking about debts and deficits? They disgust me.

    June 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. IKHAN

    This country has sacrificed enough in terms of precious lives & tax payers money to dish out more for war funding.
    A trillion dollars for Iraq fiasco & a billion dollar a day for Afghanistan where we are struggling & forecasts are not encouraging.
    About time we rethink our strategy.Get out of that region altogether. Find political solutions by getting Afghanistan's neighbors on board.

    June 16, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Better start your planning and budgeting for WW 3, Mr. Secretary, as it will be no more than a question of time, until it is upon us.

    June 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. We will have to begin planning to curtail defense operations

    how about leave Iraq?

    June 16, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Joe Gaines

    Which one of these will we see the bottom first the Gulf oil crisis or the endless money pit for these wars.

    June 16, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Chuck G

    Time to wrap it up. We cannot afford any kind of nation building at this time and both wars are the biggest nation building exercise for this country since WW II.

    June 16, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. hotdog

    These wars are bankrupting the country. There has never been a clear discription as to what victory would look like. We can not afford to go on and on like this with out serious consequences to our economy.

    June 16, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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