Official: Bush to Seek $25B for Iraq War

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by zimv20, May 5, 2004.

  1. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002

    well, that answers the question if the request would come before the election. i suppose it's politically best it get it out, over with, and out of the public memory asap.
  2. numediaman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2004
    Chicago (by way of SF)
    $25 billion seems on the low side considering that the burn rate is supposedly a billion a week in Iraq alone.

    Friedman, Bush's war champion at the NY Times, seems to be having some doubts about things:

    Restoring Our Honor

    Published: May 6, 2004

    We are in danger of losing something much more important than just the war in Iraq. We are in danger of losing America as an instrument of moral authority and inspiration in the world. I have never known a time in my life when America and its president were more hated around the world than today. I was just in Japan, and even young Japanese dislike us. It's no wonder that so many Americans are obsessed with the finale of the sitcom "Friends" right now. They're the only friends we have, and even they're leaving.

    This administration needs to undertake a total overhaul of its Iraq policy; otherwise, it is courting a total disaster for us all.

    That overhaul needs to begin with President Bush firing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld — today, not tomorrow or next month, today. What happened in Abu Ghraib prison was, at best, a fundamental breakdown in the chain of command under Mr. Rumsfeld's authority, or, at worst, part of a deliberate policy somewhere in the military-intelligence command of sexually humiliating prisoners to soften them up for interrogation, a policy that ran amok.

    Friedman might want to consider his own reputation, but that's for another time, I guess.
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    This has the markings of an emergency appropriation request to cover cost overruns. Congress was led to expect a request for more money around the beginning of the year, and no matter who wins in November, they almost certainly still will get one. I have an idea this is the minimum funding required to stave off a cash flow crisis until after the election.

    I think this brings the tab for the occupations to $200 billion, or very nearly.
  4. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Ah yes... cheap and easy was how this war was sold. So were those lies, or was it total incompetence? Either way heads need to roll in order for the US to regain ANY credibility in the world community again.
  5. toontra macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2003
    London UK
    One has to ask, what good could be done in the world for $200 billion? How much humanitarian benefit would that buy?

    Is bringing "democracy" to Iraq worth that, leaving aside the legality, death for one moment?
  6. Stelliform macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2002
    Heh, I think in the last 12 years, public memory and attention span has dissolved to just a month. No matter who is screaming, the media just cannot sell it for longer than that.
  7. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Unless it involves a celebrity trial, or a sex scandal.... :eek:

    Then we're riveted.
  8. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Seems old George has a habit of underestimating costs, didnt someone in his administration say this thing would cost a lot more before he left or was fired? i forget who it was. Same crap with his medicare drug plan. George is spinning numbers or is simply a liar. I keep thinking what we could have accomplished with 137 billion of our tax dollars and all we got was Saddam and 700 dead Americans. 137 billion and counting :mad: 137 billion! imagine our Healthcare system or Space Program if it had 137 billion to throw away. This is enough reason to vote his rawhide back to Texas.

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