Bush’s out-of-control war

The cost of President George W. Bush’s illegal and immoral war in Iraq — in both dollars and American lives — continues to spiral out of control.

Bush not only wants to send more and more Americans into harm’s way in his war. He wants to spend more and more money to fund his failing efforts.

All this comes when polls show more and more Americans not only want the soldiers home but want spending in the Iraq debacle reduced and the hemorrhaging economy brought under control.

But Bush has a habit of getting what he wants and the timid Democratic Congress appears powerless to stop him.

Reports AFP:

President George W. Bush Monday demanded nearly 200 billion dollars from Congress to fund war operations next year, throwing down the gauntlet to opponents who want a swift exit from Iraq.

“Every member of Congress who wants to see both success in Iraq and our troops begin to come home should strongly support this bill,” Bush said at the White House.

“I know some in Congress are against the war and are seeking ways to demonstrate that opposition,” he said. “But they ought to make sure our troops have what it takes to succeed.”

The request for 196.4 billion dollars would fund the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008, and adds more than 42 billion dollars to the administration’s original estimate of its war costs for next year.

It includes 5.3 billion dollars for mine-resistant armored vehicles known as MRAPs, and 3.6 billion dollars for the State Department in part to fund what Bush called “crucial relief for Iraqi refugees.”

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, an ardent Iraq war critic, said the request pointed to the president’s “misplaced priorities” following his recent veto of a popular health care funding bill.

“Demanding nearly 200 billion dollars for Iraq while vetoing health care for 10 million children exemplifies the Bush AdministrationÂ?s misplaced priorities,” she said.

“For the cost of less than 40 days in Iraq, we could provide health care coverage to 10 million children for an entire year,” said Pelosi.

“The colossal cost of this war grows every day — in lives lost, dollars spent, and to our reputation around the world.”

If approved, the request would push US war costs to a whopping 757.4 billion dollars since Bush launched his “war on terror” following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Comments

  1. Sandra Price

    The problem may not be the Congress or the White House but the American people themselves who are outraged by the two parties who are determined to destroy each other even before the Primaries begin.

    If I were new to being an American Citizen, I would throw both parties in the trash and forget voting all together. It is beginning to look like the Civil War when several states wanted out of the Union. Hatred and scandal ruled the newpapers and town meetings. Today we have the same combination ruling the internet, radio and television media.

    I just read a post on a very Conservative forum where one woman stated that she would not care if the rich liberals who lived in Malibu lost their homes.

    I’ve been a Red Cross member for 27 years and never once wanted to see a victim’s voter registration card before clearing them out of a disastor area. I’ve never seen anger like this before in any election. Were I a member of Congress, I would think carefully before signing on to a bill or simply hiding out in the cloak closet.

    The White House is hopelessly amoral but our Congress is hopelessly ignorant of the Constitution so nothing can be discussed or agreed upon. We need a clean sweep and the next time we should question our candidates… ALL OF THEM!!!

  2. SEAL

    Janice wrote:
    “The voice at the other end of the phone said we can’t stop funding the war because Bush will keep them over there without the money,

    That is the most amazing thing. Democraps actually believe that. If they refused to fund the war, Bush would move money from other places to keep his war going. He already has a plan for that. He could keep the troops operating in Iraq for 3 more months, maybe 4. His plan is that will give him time to attack congress and get the public behind him to make congress fund the war. He has always been prepared for this.

    The day the money from congress runs out he and his minions will coordinate an attack on congress that will screeeeam about what unpatriotic, soft on terror, stupid evil people they are who would strand our troops in a war to be killed and you can bet that he would orchestrate some action in Iraq that would cause many of our soldiers to be killed. “See, we told you this would happen!”

    Selective members of congress would be viscously attacked in very personal ways and anyone who had something to hide would be exposed. All of this is in place and ready to go if and when the democraps finally acquire the courage to stop the war. This is what the democrap is afraid of. It would set off a bloody war between them and Bush. A fight to the finish!

    In order for the dems to take Bush on and stop the war by defunding it, they would have to submit a bill that provided money to “suport the troops” during a planned withdrawal. They would have to set a time limit of 6 months, 9 months, or a year with some provision for a certain number to remain as advisors to train the Iraqis and provide security for our civilians there. And they absolutely must write in a contingent to remain for the sole purpose of seeking out and destroying the al Qeadas. That would be about 40,000 troops staying there.

    It would be imperative that they write into the bill “supporting the troops.” Bush would veto and the dems would say that is the only bill you will get, take it or leave it.

    However, the democraps will never do that. They are deathly afraid of starting what would amount to a civil war. There would be so much noise and mudlinging in the media that the public would begin to take sides. The Bush supporters would go nuts and do some very nasty things because that’s the way they are. There would be marches; people would argue and get into fights. Emotions would run high. It is entirely possible there would be street fights when supporters of one side would hold rallys. May things could happen.

    Actually this would be the best thing that could happen because it would totally expose Bush for the wanton criminal that he is. In order to win, that is what the dems would have to do. They might be forced to impeach him when every one of his crimes are exposed.

    But their belief is that this would cause immeasurable harm to the nation. They want to just wait Bush out and use his actions to win the next election and then they will stop the war (sort of) and straighten the government out. That is a good plan except for the fact that Bush is not going to be a lame duck. He is going to continue his assault on the Constitution and the rape of the treasury. He plans to leave us with a debt we can’t get out of and, therefore, powerless. The corporate complex will have all the money and the power. They will rule. That has been the plan fron day one. Instead of slowing down he has accelerated and become more belligerent and aggressive. He is power mad and no congress of democraps is going to stand in his way.

    It is up to the democraps. How much will they allow before realizing that what they will take over in 2009 will be a broken country, very likely beyond repair, and they must stop Bush? I fear they will not and we will inherit a nation that barely resembles the once great nation called America.

  3. DejaVuAllOver

    Once again Satanboy holds the troops hostage. Say, for the sake of argument Congress cuts off funds. Satanboy would be faced with a choice: bring the troops home or force them to stay in Iraq without supplies, food, weapons or pay. Satanboy has all but said he would choose the latter.

    We have a sick, demonic, vile, degenerate and filthy scumbag in the Whitehouse, folks. And a Congress (Pelosi, Reid et al.) that’s too cowardly and stupid to run a day care facility, let alone a country.

  4. jgw

    I think you are right. What I am trying to figure out is why there is so much bad blood between the two parties. After all, they have colluded on distributing the pork, feathering their own nests, etc, one would think they could take time out, from the looting, to do the nation’s work. Anyway, the Republicans must have very serious goods on on the Dems as the Dems, might even fight back! Well, then again, I am not all that sure they are even up to that!

    jgw
    Port Angeles, WA