Besides Money, 'Patience, Commitment and Will' Needed to Win War, Myers Says
By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2003 The United States and its coalition allies are "totally committed" to winning the war on terrorism, but it will take "patience, commitment, and a will to win" before victory is achieved, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee here Sept. 9.
Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers told the committee that part of the necessary commitment he spoke of is the $87 billion the Pentagon will need from Congress in the coming months to continue to wage and win the war.
Myers came to Capitol Hill, along with Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to justify President Bush's supplemental funding request for the war, $66 billion of which would be committed to U.S. forces. He said operations in Iraq are costing about $4 billion per month, and about $1 billion a month is being spent in Afghanistan and the rest of the war on terrorism. "So the majority of the supplemental (funding request) goes to U.S. forces," Myers said.
He also testified that $21 billion of the president's request will be set aside for reconstruction in Afghanistan and Iraq, with about $5.5 billion going toward training and equipping security forces in those countries.
Myers said it will take more than money, however, to win the war on terrorism. Aside from the commitment of the American people, Congress and troops on the ground, he said, the effort also requires patience and will.
" We have never been more focused or more committed to winning this war. Failure is not an option. We have got to win."
He said the war on terrorism has become a "battle of wills," and that the terrorists "think they are going to win."
"They are absolutely wrong about that," he said. "They will not win. They can't win. We can't let them win, and we won't," the chairman said. "We are going to win as long as we have the continuing will of the American people, and, for that matter, freedom-loving people everywhere."
Myers told the lawmakers that if they need inspiration, they need look "no further than the men and women of the armed forces."
"In the last two years, they have made tremendous sacrifices -- personal sacrifices, family sacrifices, (and) employer sacrifices for those Reserve component individuals that have been called to duty," he said. "Those that have been killed in action, wounded in action, and their families have sacrificed, of course, more than all the rest, and they are truly America's heroes. They have to be considered America's heroes, because they understand what this is all about. They've been out there, and they've sacrificed."