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Bush Bails on War Funding

Posted on Jan 23, 2008

President Bush’s new budget will not fully fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead, the White House plans to ask for “bridge” funds—enough to pay for the wars until the next president takes over. Though no official figure has been given, congressional estimates put the amount at less than half of what we spend on the wars in a year.


The White House confirmed Wednesday that its new budget next month will not request a full year’s funding for the war in Iraq, leaving the next president and Congress to confront major cost questions soon after taking office in 2009.

The decision reverses the administration’s stance of just a year ago, when President Bush’s budget made a point of spelling out in advance what he thought the costs would be for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for 2008. By comparison, the new budget, to be unveiled Feb. 4, requests only incremental “bridge” funding into 2009 and won’t sustain the military through the full length of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, 2009.

In confirming the decision, the White House refused to say precisely how much bridge funding will be requested for Iraq and Afghanistan in the new budget. But Republican and Democratic staffers in Congress predicted it would be between $70 billion and $80 billion—less than half the annual spending in recent years.

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By minamoto no taira, January 25, 2008 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment

“Wouldn’t you just love to smack that smug, stupid, oh well, what did you expect look, off his face?”

Smacking his face wouldn’t do it for me.  What he needs is an hollywood-style demise for villains.  I can dream.

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By hippy pam, January 25, 2008 at 8:15 am Link to this comment


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By Douglas Chalmers, January 25, 2008 at 2:17 am Link to this comment

By Mudwollow, January 24: “Gorge Bush slips away stealthily, leaving in his wake…”

Kindly forward mail to :-

“GWB” - care of Dubai, UAE

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By cyrena, January 25, 2008 at 1:59 am Link to this comment

No payment required. I’m signing up for the criminal end of it though. I’m waiting to meet up with these gangsters at The Hague, and see them placed in a cave 5000 feet below sea level. Forever.

I’ll pass on the referral though, to see if we can find somebody to get the money back. They don’t need 40%. Just cover their expenses, make sure they can eat while they’re working.

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By cyrena, January 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm Link to this comment

Well, now I’m Cyrena again. The reset seems to have something to do with my new browser. I honestly wasn’t trying to “pull” anything, but I was getting tired of having to fill everything out as an unregistered Cyrena, so I just somehow got lucky I guess.

So now, I’ll be both.

Jaki is looking for you, so I told her where you were hanging out. smile

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By cyrena, January 24, 2008 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment

Oh Louise…this is another one of your best. I’m about to send it off to my email list. I keep hoping some of them will recognize themselves.

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By Mudwollow, January 24, 2008 at 3:22 pm Link to this comment

After bankrupting the country, decimating the military and doing his darnedest to flush the US Constitution down the toilet, Gorge Bush slips away stealthily, leaving in his wake the worlds most destructive act of vandalism for someone else to clean up and try to put back together.

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By amunaor, January 24, 2008 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment

Sorry shrub, perhaps, before this, it might have been great to share a beer with you over a few jokes, at the local watering hole. But, instead, you have been the epitome of Carl Marx’s statement; the useful idiot in the hands of the money powers. What may have been the friendly beer has turned into an intoxicating ride of plunder for the ego of the few, at the indiscriminate suffering of the many. Thanks, I’ll skip the beer!

Peace, Best Wishes and Hope

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By laughoutloud, January 24, 2008 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment
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when are you silly americans going to wake up to the reality that this is not a partisan struggle.  there is no democrat and republican, there is rich and there is poor. 

the rich will always win, and most of your so called ‘democrats’ in washington just want to be part of the winning team.  can you blame them?

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By laughoutloud, January 24, 2008 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment
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now THAT’S what i call ‘cut and run’!

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By purplewolf, January 24, 2008 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment

Wouldn’t you just love to smack that smug, stupid, oh well, what did you expect look, off his face? The look that says you knew what I was and you still let me steal a second term in office and continue this atrocity.

Any person who has bankrupted as many businesses as Bush should have never been handed the controls of this country in the first place. The only foreseeable outcome would be the same as his past track record. Ruination on the grand scale. Let’s hope he doesn’t do anymore damage than he already has. Chalk up another loss for the Bushinator. His biggest so far to date.

This bailing on the war funding, something he once held up as a high prized trophy seems to have lost it’s appeal to him now. Wasn’t it his remarks that told people that if we didn’t support his war we were hurting the troops? Now, who’s hurting the troops that he so arrogantly put into harms way with nothing more than a pack of lies. Many of us knew at the onset of this ill-fated folly, that it was based on a bed of lies. Finally the truth shall set him free. But at what cost to those whom he should be held responsible for? The loss of life, injuries to all those who are victims of this madness, the destruction to the planet by destroying entire cities and the toxins released by the bombs, deaths yet to happen, but still the result of his war, the cost of funding that will take generations to recover from, to say nothing of the pain and suffering on all sides, the loss of the reputation of this country.

All of this and more have been dealt the death blow by sorry excuse of a person, and I use the word person in the lowest of forms. If any form of justice still exists, then this whole administration well be held accountable for the war crimes that have been committed.

It’s time to bring home all of our troops. Enough damage has been done by this administration and no excuse of leaving some of our people behind to help. With this type of help, they do not need anymore from us. The healing can only begin when we totally withdraw from this country, and others around the world. There are more than enough things wrong in this country that need to be fixed without making messes in other peoples houses.

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By amunaor, January 24, 2008 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

This acorn certainly did not fall too far from the tree.

As in the case of the tree (Papa Bush’s October Surprise) intervening to delay the release of 52 Americans held hostage in Tehran until after the 1980 U.S. Presidential election, installing Ronnie, perhaps there is to be a part II in that series, that would be equally benificial to those in the category of the few.

Peace, Best Wishes and Hope

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By cyrena, January 24, 2008 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

Me too.

Here’s more from the article/link that I posted on one of these threads earlier…it gives a description of what Shenonymous is saying, (and Lousie) that of course nobody else is least not on MSM, and certainly not from any politician…

Real Change
  By William Rivers Pitt
  t r u t h o u t | Columnist

”  Iraq - A suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a school, wounding 22 teachers and students who were arriving for the beginning of the academic day. Another suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral in the oil refinery city of Biaji, killing 15 and wounding ten others. The bodies of six family members who had been kidnapped the day before were found shot execution-style in Diyala province. Seven other bodies were found in different Baghdad districts. A bomb went off in Baghdad and wounded a policeman. Gunmen in Baghdad attacked and wounded three other policemen in Baghdad. A roadside bomb detonated on the Diyala Bridge killed an employee of the Transport Ministry and wounded six others. Two US soldiers were killed in Kirkuk, bringing the total number of American soldiers killed in Iraq to 3,931, with 27 of those deaths coming in the month of January to date.

  All this happened between Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd of January, 2008.

  America - Consumer confidence has cratered. Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke had to scramble in order to avoid having Wall Street detonate in a frenzy of mortgage-crisis stock-dumping. “Debt” has become synonymous with “Ain’t getting paid” for massive lending institutions that are now, one by one, declaring galactic write-offs to the tune of billions. Bush and his crew of cretins are trying to fob off another massive tax cut for their friends under the guise of a “stimulus package” that will probably meet with Congressional approval because that’s what Congress does. Oil prices continue to hover near the $100-per-barrel line, clobbering families from sea to shining sea wherever heat and automotive transportation are involved in day-to-day existence.

  All this happened yesterday, and the day before, and will happen again tomorrow. So, yeah, “change” is an attractive menu item. Too bad it isn’t coming around anytime soon…..”

More at the link:

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By Shenonymous, January 24, 2008 at 10:25 am Link to this comment

What I don’t understand and why we, the people don’t make the media shout as Louise calls for it, what the hell is going on with the Iraqi war as it is very very quiet these days and nothing has really changed from months ago!  We should be spitting mad and shouting it from roof tops (or do whatever that metaphor might mean) to keep the f**king war on the front page of our minds.  It hasn’t changed folks.  That war is sucking our economy and us dry as well as the lives of our soldiers and Iraqi citizens.  It is a sham that anything is getting better.  They know it and WE KNOW IT!  We know they are calculatedly being quiet because of the election and the influence they want to bring to bear on it.  It is totally and completely scatological Shit!  (Is there any other kind?)  I am going to shout it to everyone I know. How about you?  Eh, Louise?  Hit them in the pocket book and see how fast people will react.

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By minamoto no taira, January 24, 2008 at 9:59 am Link to this comment

and leave the mess for someone else to clean up.  Given the histroy of this man, why does this not surprise me?

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By Shenonymous, January 24, 2008 at 9:13 am Link to this comment

Nice to see you again…even under a different identity.  (You’ll always be cyrena to me.)  How were you able to get a new pseudonym? No matter.  I am busy reading the Chalmers Johnson article, thank you for the link.  This stuff is as Louise just posted really really Ed Sullivan big news and should stand everyone’s hair on end!  Will get back to you soon.

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By Louise, January 24, 2008 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

This should be the lead story on all broadcast news!

This should be the two inch head across all newspapers!

Try to find it!

Bush is simply being Bush. A man who has NEVER finished anything he started. A man who has ALWAYS left his failures for someone else to clean up. A man who has NEVER been able to plan ahead.  And a man who has absolutely NO understanding of the concept of TRUTH and CONSEQUENCE!

All qualities valuable to the Oligarchs. [easier to manipulate and control]

And all qualities vital to guaranteed failure! [failure of democracy, failure of peace on earth, failure of sound security for the consuming masses]

The Oligarchs.

Just thinking the word twists the tongue. Saying the word turns the stomach!

Just as they had no idea where their greed would lead back when the Great Depression had not yet happened. They still have no idea where their greed will lead as we rapidly approach the next abyss!

Greed is funny that way. The accumulation of great personal wealth has a way of keeping the eye from looking beyond the mirror, and the mansion. [Unless it’s to covet the one next door]

Bush now makes it clear ... just in case there are still a few out there who haven’t figured it out yet ... the war in Iraq has nothing whatever to do with bringing democracy to the Middle East.

But has everything to do with unbridled greed! Bodies for bucks! Death for desire! Power for it’s own sake. Profit over people. And what so-called conservative values REALLY are!

And the mess we find ourselves in clearly indicts EVERY DEMOCRAT who has WILLINGLY gone along with this madness! Did any of you really believe for one minute this man Bush and these people conservatives cared whether or not the war ended? Did you delude yourselves into believing one single nickel you kept showering on the corruption the Bush administration stands for, would actually lead to a solution, would actually help build Americas security, would even come close to healing the hundreds of thousands of returned and damaged troops? Did you?


Well, if you can stand there and say with a clear conscience you did ... I don’t care who you are. I don’t care what your so-called credentials are ... you have no business representing the citizens of the United States!

Clearly, you simply aren’t smart enough!

And if anyone reading this is unclear who I’m talking about ... read the voting records!

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By truthdweller, January 24, 2008 at 8:39 am Link to this comment


Cyrena here, under a new re-set identity, (maybe something to do with my new browser, or who knows).

Anyway…I’ve tuned in to all of your excellent points. Since I long ago deleted the MSM from my venue, I’ll just have to stay tuned in here and the other blogs, for exactly the kind of thing you suggest. Just this post from you catches me up to a number of reality figures that we need to keep in mind.

I particularly appreciate the reminder about the individual’s piss not even making it to the wind. It doesn’t, and since I’ve long ago accepted that particular truth, I’m sure counting on the rest of us to do the unity thing that you’ve recommended. Sure hope it isn’t falling on deaf ears, since that’s what I’ve been encountering pretty much whenever I’ve tried to say the same.

Maybe it will have more impact coming from a different voice. Be nice if there was a genuine SHOUTING CLAMOR of it. Meantime, I’ll do my part…

And, here’s an essay from Chalmers Johnson that I posted on another thread here. Or…at least the link to it. It’s farily lengthy, but I think worth the read…

Going Bankrupt: Why the Debt Crisis Is Now the Greatest Threat to the American Republic
  By Chalmers Johnson

  Tuesday 22 January 2008

  The military adventurers of the Bush administration have much in common with the corporate leaders of the defunct energy company Enron. Both groups of men thought that they were the “smartest guys in the room,” the title of Alex Gibney’s prize-winning film on what went wrong at Enron. The neoconservatives in the White House and the Pentagon outsmarted themselves. They failed even to address the problem of how to finance their schemes of imperialist wars and global domination.

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By Shenonymous, January 24, 2008 at 6:49 am Link to this comment

Estimates according to CommonDreams, Toronto Star Jan. 21, Craig and Marc Kielburger,  put the cost of Iraqi War at $500 billion today, and projects $2 trillion but they don’t say if that covers up to “The End” of the war or what, for who actually is predicting the end of the war?  Negligible at any rate, since the heart of the matter is that the National deficit is $9.1 trillion according to the US Treasury Dept.  And we are now at the hands of the bankers and other money robber barons spiraling into at least a recession if not a full-blown depression regardless as we watch the money moguls hastily trying to cover their asses, collectively and individually. 

We have very little power even as a population and that might even be nil. But regardless, I suggest huge boycotts as they have worked in the past, as do union walkouts often do (though not as many of late because unions have become corrupt themselves and therefore have become more impotent).  But it is only as united can people effect any change at all.  The individual’s piss doesn’t even make it to the wind. 

First we should boycott the MSM and watch only sparingly the NPR news or if needed a limited local news program.  The bloggers keep everyone informed of what is going on in the world.  That way the news kingpins are kept at bay and would have to scramble for an audience.  Sustained long enough and they will either go broke or have to change to fit the needs of the public instead of their advertisers.  I mean what other power do you have except for the tiny dollars they want to consume?  Next we should boycott those industries that are vulturizing us the public.  A list should be generated of those companies that we ought to “go after” one at a time, if need be… And we should make this election count.  Remember that every dollar you have the Republicans will take away from you one way or another.  So if you vote Republican you vote your dollars right down the perennial toilet.

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By Johnny Smith, January 24, 2008 at 4:20 am Link to this comment
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It all boils down to politics. W wants to trim his last budget by only funding what’s left of his term. That way the republicans can later come in and claim that W’s tax cuts were working and that the budget deficit had turned around in his final year in office. Smoke and mirrors people. Smoke and mirrors. The American people need to demand the same thing he demanded in the last two budgets; full funding for our troops!!

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 24, 2008 at 2:32 am Link to this comment

Sword dancing while Gaza starves - (this pic says a lot - note that GWB is the ONLY one holding a sword with the sharp edge towards his OWN neck!!!)

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By jdogg333, January 24, 2008 at 2:17 am Link to this comment

“If you can’t fix it…....smash it with a hammer!!”
uh..wait how does that go again…Oh Oh I know: “Fool me once shame on YOU….fool YOU 935 times, errrr…....I’m decider…WMD…..9/11…..DAAAADDDDY HEEELP MEEE!”

The buck has been passed! Compassionate Conservatism at it’s best!!

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 24, 2008 at 2:04 am Link to this comment

Too busy having a good time in Saudi Arabia!!!

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By Terry, January 23, 2008 at 10:39 pm Link to this comment
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Can omniscient God, who
Knows the future, find
The omnipotence to
Change His future mind?

Other than that I have no strong feelings either way

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By GW=MCHammered, January 23, 2008 at 10:28 pm Link to this comment
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Make sure that Bush and Company are held financially responsible (and I don’t care for how many generations) for their chosen American Disaster.

You get 40%.

The American People.

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By waxman, January 23, 2008 at 10:23 pm Link to this comment


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