Tuesday, May 22, 2007


This article attempts to explain the latest wrangling between congressional Dems & the President regarding funding for the Iraq War that a majority of Americans oppose, as well as issues of a timetable to bring home the troops that a majority of Americans want to see back stateside.

Hmmm. Lots of references to things like:
*other restrictions on Bush's Iraq policies, and

*troops in combat getting the resources they need without disruption, and

*the responsibility to fund the troops and make sure they have the right equipment, and

*political and military goals for the Iraqi government to meet toward establishment of a more democratic society, and

*whether Democrats intend to give Bush power to order the aid to be spent regardless of progress, and

*insistance that U.S. troops meet certain standards before being sent into battle, and my favorite,

*a presidential waiver that will allow Bush to ignore certain restrictions.
Hmmmm. So what's it all mean? I think I can sum that up in a couple three word phrases:
*Dems Cave Again

*Business As Usual
Meanwhile, just a little reminder of one salient fact: CONGRESS controls the purse-strings, not the President.

Meanwhile, 100+ young American men & women will die this month. Luckily, Memorial Day comes in May.

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Blogger George said...


12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those congreffs a-holz are old, why won't they die? Why is it the evil ones always live to be a hundred years old?

3:45 PM  
Blogger Dwilkers said...

They didn't cave Mike. I told you they didn't want to do this during a primary and presidential election. They don't want to and they aren't going to. Its a sop to the base.

Anyway, your first line got me digging around in some polling. Ignore the Fox one at the top if you like, the best ones - the ones that get closest to asking the pertinent questions - are down near the bottom, a group including Quinnipiac, Gallup and CBS/NYTimes.

They all seem to agree that the US should set a timetable to withdraw sometime in 2008 by pretty slim majorities. Some don't specify the time, I'd be interested to see what the response would be if they asked about THIS year.

A bare majority in each poll that asks the question doesn't think the war is lost.

None of them say funds should be witheld if (as happened) Bush veto's the bill including timelines. Or let me rephrase, they say funds should NOT be witheld. Interesting, and crappy question formulation if you ask me.

Whatever. This is going to go on through the 2008 election. Get used to it.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Dwilkers said...

Oh duh. Sorry just saw your categories. I don't mean to pile on dude. Sorry.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Dwilkers said...

Look at the bright side.

Probably the best chance of the US leaving Iraq is if a Dem is elected president in 2008.

* IF the war continues to muddle along with no sign of resolution,

* and IF Dems can keep their act together for 1 1/2 years and run a reasonably competent GE campaign,

* and IF, as seems likely to me, the Pubs devolve into bitter internal war over immigration and social con issues,

Then Dems are almost certain to win the presidency in 2008.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Comandante AgĂ­ said...

same old story

8:12 PM  
Blogger DED said...

More soldiers lost.
More billions of dollars wasted.

The Republicans serve the neocons, who wanted to remake the world in their image.

The Democrats caved (though Dwilkers disagrees).

When will America realize that it's time to toss the two major parties?

Probably never.

3:00 PM  

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