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Bush Will Seek $87 Billion for Iraq
Reuters via Washington Post ^ | 9-7-03

Posted on 09/07/2003 5:14:03 PM PDT by dogbyte12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush will announce on Sunday night that he plans to ask Congress for $87 billion to fund the U.S. military deployment in Iraq and pay for reconstruction, a Republican source said.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the money would fund U.S. military operations in Iraq and reconstruction over the coming budget year.

The figure includes assistance for Afghanistan. Bush was to make the request in an 8:30 p.m. EDT address to the nation, the source said.

The figure was at the high end of expectations. Some members of Congress said earlier they expected Bush to get what he asked for but wanted him to detail how long U.S. troops would remain in Iraq and outline a strategy for bringing them home. (snip)

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1 posted on 09/07/2003 5:14:03 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: dogbyte12
Why not 86? Why not 88?
2 posted on 09/07/2003 5:20:53 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: Senator Pardek
Odd numbers are more palatable.
3 posted on 09/07/2003 5:24:48 PM PDT by StatesEnemy
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To: Senator Pardek
Is that all? Well, 86 billion less for new welfare and mediscare programs... oh way, we'll just run up deficits and have BOTH!
4 posted on 09/07/2003 5:41:36 PM PDT by ambrose (Fight The Real Enemy...)
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To: dogbyte12
We're already $598 billion in the hole for this year... Another $87 billion on top of that?

Does this man have any concept of money whatsoever?
5 posted on 09/07/2003 5:42:10 PM PDT by Vis Numar
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To: dogbyte12
hmmmmm, another anonomous source. Let me know if he actually asks for this. I am getting the feeling that a lot of garbage is being put out by the left, in the name of this mysterious "Republican Source."
6 posted on 09/07/2003 5:45:27 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta
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To: FreeAtlanta
That's exactly what he said. 87 billion...
7 posted on 09/07/2003 5:47:10 PM PDT by THEUPMAN (#### comment deleted by moderator)
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To: Vis Numar
Does this man have any concept of money whatsoever?

Short answer? No. I heard it on Fox right before he started to talk, something around 60 billion for day to day operations and another 20 billion for something else. But who cares? It's just 'paperwork' to the administration now. God only knows how we're going to pay for it...

8 posted on 09/07/2003 5:48:41 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: billbears
God only knows how we're going to pay for it...

LOL.... Somehow Neocons only ask those questions on domestic spending.

9 posted on 09/07/2003 5:54:13 PM PDT by StatesEnemy
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To: dogbyte12

$87,000,000,000

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Hell, I'm good for a billion. Who do I write the check out to?

10 posted on 09/07/2003 5:55:29 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("Toss in a buck ya cheap bastard, I paid for your g**damn breakfast." Joe)
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To: Vis Numar
Does this man have any concept of money whatsoever?

Apparently not.

11 posted on 09/07/2003 5:57:20 PM PDT by zacyak
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To: billbears
God only knows how we're going to pay for it

Don't you trust him ?

13 posted on 09/07/2003 5:58:09 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: sundayman
LOL!! I quit watching after halfway through. After calling Islam a religion of peace and spouting the WMD crap again, I just couldn't take it.
14 posted on 09/07/2003 5:58:39 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: dogbyte12
Can I have $87 billion? I've spent my allowance but I want to go to war tonight.
15 posted on 09/07/2003 6:02:32 PM PDT by Djarum
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To: Djarum
$87 billion is over $300 for every man woman and child in the country. I wonder when parents should break the news to their young children that they are going to work an extra few years to pay for this.

$87 billion here, $87 billion there, and you are starting to talk about real money.

16 posted on 09/07/2003 6:05:10 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: dogbyte12
over $300 for every man woman and child in the country. I wonder when parents should break the news to their young children that they are going to work an extra few years to pay for this

A few extra years for $300? Man, I'd heard that employers were getting stingy about pay, but I never thought it had gotten that bad.

17 posted on 09/07/2003 6:14:11 PM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: Vis Numar
Does this man have any concept of money whatsoever?

You think its bad now? We're going to really bend over next year as Bush offers the "Republican alternative" to whatever new entitlment(s) the rat nominee campaigns on.

18 posted on 09/07/2003 6:17:00 PM PDT by rmmcdaniell
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To: Vis Numar
Does this man have any concept of money whatsoever?

Sure, he also has the concept of Americans jumping out of windows from the 87th floor down pat and the trillion dollar hit the economy took from 9/11.

The CIC has drawn the jihadists into the free fire zone of Iraq and you want us to quit and run now? Kill'em all and if it costs money to do that, that's the price we pay.

Hopefully, in his next budget he will spend some more by re-establishing two of the lost divisions that the Army requires.

19 posted on 09/07/2003 6:20:35 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Vis Numar
He really thinks we're stupid..basically said to bend over because here it comes!
20 posted on 09/07/2003 6:20:53 PM PDT by Bella
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To: THEUPMAN
Ok, I am eating crow, but my point stands that we have gotten a lot of false info into the media to try to hurt Bush and his policies. I blame the 9 or 10 dwarfs and Snow White thighs and their attempt to regain power at all cost. Which will be more costly than anything we will spend in Iraq.
21 posted on 09/07/2003 6:21:22 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta
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To: billbears
After calling Islam a religion of peace and spouting the WMD crap again, I just couldn't take it.

The WMD crap is gonna leave a nasty taste in your mouth when you have to eat it Bill. Increase your supply of Scope.

23 posted on 09/07/2003 6:22:19 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: dogbyte12
Another $87 billion + $66 billion = economic implosion. Keynesian enconomics or not this budget fallacy is about to show it's teeth. ...and the walls came tumbling down.
24 posted on 09/07/2003 6:24:25 PM PDT by Rain-maker
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To: dogbyte12
$87 billion is over $300 for every man woman and child in the country. I wonder when parents should break the news to their young children that they are going to work an extra few years to pay for this.

Money well spent. Of course we can just adopt the policy of the past two decades, nest and absorb whatever else the jihadists have in mind for us and then pay the bills at their leisure.

25 posted on 09/07/2003 6:26:19 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07
Hey, I'd be more than happy to retract my statements. It would actually give me a little hope. However I'm afraid I'm not going to have to. Do you honestly believe that there are 20,000 liters each of several WMDs along with 30,000 warheads to deliver them that they somehow have overlooked?
26 posted on 09/07/2003 6:26:46 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: billbears
Do you honestly believe that there are 20,000 liters each of several WMDs along with 30,000 warheads to deliver them that they somehow have overlooked?

:-}

It's possible they overlooked 20 fighter jets buried in the desert.

But that's neither here nor there. It's not the quantity of finished product I'm interested in. It's what they were capable of and planning on do with it.

Anybody who doesn't believe that Saddam didn't have CB weapons and the will to use them is living in fantasy land.

27 posted on 09/07/2003 6:30:05 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Bella
How much is too much to keep terrorists from suitcase nuking 4 or 5 US cities?,, Do you not think when they get them they won't use them?,, How much money or lives did WW2 cost in todays numbers?,, after all Japan and Germany didn't want every man, woman and child dead in this country like these terrorists want,, and yes the terrorists have declared war on us and since Carter no President except Bush has done a damn thing about it,, 87 billion or a trillion who cares,, the very survial of our country is at stake,, Bush probably should have allowed a hit a year here so dumbasses with their short memories on exactly what the objectives of these antichrists are,, (it's to obliterate us off the face of the earth) don't forget,,
29 posted on 09/07/2003 6:35:29 PM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: asjohnson
Picky, picky. Details, details. We can't worry about such things...
30 posted on 09/07/2003 6:36:55 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2
want every man, woman and child dead in this country like these terrorists want

That is a separate issue, which is - was there any connection at all between Sept 11 and Iraq. Most analysts say no. If there was, then the whole story we have been told - about Afghanistan and the Taliban - is off.

31 posted on 09/07/2003 6:38:14 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: Lib-Lickers 2; Miss Marple; Carolinamom; cmsgop; Dog; Peach
How much is too much to keep terrorists from suitcase nuking 4 or 5 US cities?,, Do you not think when they get them they won't use them?,, How much money or lives did WW2 cost in todays numbers?,, after all Japan and Germany didn't want every man, woman and child dead in this country like these terrorists want,, and yes the terrorists have declared war on us and since Carter no President except Bush has done a damn thing about it,, 87 billion or a trillion who cares,, the very survial of our country is at stake,, Bush probably should have allowed a hit a year here so dumbasses with their short memories on exactly what the objectives of these antichrists are,, (it's to obliterate us off the face of the earth) don't forget,,

What a GREAT post!!!!!!

32 posted on 09/07/2003 6:40:34 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Lib-Lickers 2
Bush probably should have allowed a hit a year here so dumbasses with their short memories on exactly what the objectives of these antichrists are,, (it's to obliterate us off the face of the earth) don't forget,,

Carefully, very carefully, reread what you posted. Now envision one of your loved ones taking the hit.

33 posted on 09/07/2003 6:45:03 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("Toss in a buck ya cheap bastard, I paid for your g**damn breakfast." Joe)
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To: Archangelsk
Hell, I'm good for a billion. Who do I write the check out to?
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hehehe
34 posted on 09/07/2003 6:46:38 PM PDT by WillowyDame
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To: BlackVeil
You don't see the whole picture,, Is the President a liar?,, are there no terrorists fighting us in Iraq?,, if we leave do you not think that Iraq will be a terrorist haven for many different terrorists groups who anyone of them would be glad to "jihad" themselves with any weapon they could find against our people and cities here?,, let's cut their asses over there,, we are killing them by the hundreds all over Iraq and Afghanistan with our military,, isn't that a beautiful thing?,, If we can gather them in one place in mass they make better targets,,, killem all,,,
35 posted on 09/07/2003 6:49:30 PM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: Senator Pardek
The number 88 was retired a few years ago, during a pre-speech ceremony.
36 posted on 09/07/2003 6:51:43 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Archangelsk
Carefully, very carefully, reread what you posted. Now envision one of your loved ones taking the hit.

Yes..why do they call the gang when they don't like what's posted..Many of us are waking up and realize what's going on.

37 posted on 09/07/2003 6:53:14 PM PDT by Bella
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To: Howlin
How much would it cost to just pave Iraq?
38 posted on 09/07/2003 6:54:59 PM PDT by POGIFFMOO (illegitimi non carborundum)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2
87 billion or a trillion who cares,, the very survial of our country is at stake

I think Ted Kennedy used that same line when talking about universal health care.

If you think this effort in Iraq is so worth the money being spent then why don’t you have the courage to suggest that American taxes should be raised to pay for it?

39 posted on 09/07/2003 6:56:17 PM PDT by thtr
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To: thtr
...or cut other government programs.
40 posted on 09/07/2003 7:02:44 PM PDT by RockyMtnMan
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To: thtr
If you think this effort in Iraq is so worth the money being spent then why don’t you have the courage to suggest that American taxes should be raised to pay for it?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Whew. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. He said raise taxes. Snort, sniff, snort.

41 posted on 09/07/2003 7:04:06 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("Toss in a buck ya cheap bastard, I paid for your g**damn breakfast." Joe)
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To: dogbyte12
Frankly, I'd rather spend that in Iraq to crush the muslim extremists than the same amount on welfare here in the good 'ole USA so that unemployed women living in 4 br apartments can pump out more illigimate children. What do you think?
44 posted on 09/07/2003 7:07:44 PM PDT by Imagine ( A)
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To: BlackVeil
"...then the whole story we have been told - about Afghanistan and the Taliban - is off."

Perhaps the whole story has not {and cannot) yet be revealed. I believe Mr. Bush when he said this War on Terror would take 10 years or longer. I believe that Wahabism in Saudi Arabia and the mullahs in Iran are the ultimate targets in this war, for they are the cesspool breeding grounds for those who seek the destruction of Western Civilization. I believe this war cannot be won unless the nations of Iraq and, to a lesser degree, Afganistan become western allies. Yes, it is all about oil; the oil from a non-OPEC Iraq which will free us from Saudi dependency to ultimately win this war against the extremists, with which the Saudi government has aligned itself. The enemy should never be given the war plan in advance.
45 posted on 09/07/2003 7:08:36 PM PDT by Socratic (Yes, there is method in the madness.)
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To: dogbyte12
And moreover, I think the $40 Bil we spend each year on the Dept of Educ. is like flushing it down the tiolet.
46 posted on 09/07/2003 7:08:59 PM PDT by Imagine ( A)
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To: dogbyte12
But, in retrospect, ten 200 megaton nukes would be a lot cheaper.
47 posted on 09/07/2003 7:10:23 PM PDT by Imagine ( A)
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To: Bluesters
I don't like being lied to, and I don't like being robbed. If this is the best the Republicans have to offer, we're in deep shit

YAWWWWN, bluester(registered 9/8/03). Pulling duty in the Dean campaign basment tonight.

You all are so transparent.

48 posted on 09/07/2003 7:11:11 PM PDT by Dane
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To: Vis Numar
So, you would prefer we just screw Iraq?

This is how people end up hating us, you moron.
49 posted on 09/07/2003 7:18:35 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: Archangelsk
Funny how Republicans are so very concerned about deficit spending when a Democrat is in the White House yet have no problem piling up the debt for their children when a Republican president goes on a spending spree.
50 posted on 09/07/2003 7:21:33 PM PDT by thtr
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