Monday, March 12, 2007
...And Dems Reply by Caving In...AGAIN!!!
The Democrats are once again pretending to be a powerless minority, as they caved on a measure to reduce additional funding for Preznit Flight Suit Fantasy's Continuing Deadly Adventure. Vice Preznit Cheney should take the credit for this latest in a long series of surrenders. Yahoo News AP wire excerpt:
WASHINGTON - Top House Democrats retreated Monday from an attempt to limit President Bush's authority for taking military action against Iran as the leadership concentrated on a looming confrontation with the White House over the Iraq war.
Officials said Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the leadership had decided to strip from a major military spending bill a requirement for Bush to gain approval from Congress before moving against Iran.
Nancy, are you an idiot? Do you really think this madman is going to ask you for anything after you've already given in to him AGAIN???
Conservative Democrats as well as lawmakers concerned about the possible impact on Israel had argued for the change in strategy.
The developments occurred as Democrats pointed toward an initial test vote in the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday on the overall bill, which would require the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by Sept. 1, 2008, if not earlier. The measure provides nearly $100 billion to pay for fighting in two wars, and includes more money than the president requested for operations in Afghanistan and what Democrats called training and equipment shortages.
The White House has issued a veto threat against the bill, and Vice President Dick Cheney attacked its supporters in a speech, declaring they "are telling the enemy simply to watch the clock and wait us out."
House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio issued a statement that said Democrats shouldn't count on any help passing their legislation. "Republicans will continue to stand united in this debate, and will oppose efforts by Democrats to undermine the ability of General Petraeus and our troops to achieve victory in the Global War on Terror," he said.
As noted in the previous post, the troops are being undermined quite effectively by their own so-called champions, so the Democrats should grow some goddamned spine and tell that shithead Boehner that THEY DON'T NEED HELP FROM THE REPUBLICANS! Unfortunately the Democrats still need to be reminded that THEY ARE THE FUCKING MAJORITY! WAKE THE HELL UP AND ACT LIKE IT!!!
Top Democrats had a different perspective. Pelosi issued a written statement that said the vice president's remarks prove that "the administration's answer to continuing violence in Iraq is more troops and more treasure from the American people."
So why the hell did you cave in again? Do you expect a miracle?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in a statement that America was less safe today because of the war. The president "must change course, and it's time for the Senate to demand he do it," he added.
Too bad you didn't follow through on that Harry. And just when I thought you were waking up...
The Iran-related proposal stemmed from a desire to make sure Bush did not launch an attack without going to Congress for approval, but drew opposition from numerous members of the rank and file in a series of closed-door sessions last week.
Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., said in an interview there is widespread fear in Israel about Iran, which is believed to be seeking nuclear weapons and has expressed unremitting hostility about the Jewish state. "It would take away perhaps the most important negotiating tool that the U.S. has when it comes to Iran," she said of the now-abandoned provision.
"I didn't think it was a very wise idea to take things off the table if you're trying to get people to modify their behavior and normalize it in a civilized way," said Rep. Gary Ackerman of New York.
Berkley and Ackerman are correct. You don't plead with a bully to stop picking fights, you FIGHT BACK! I'm so sick of having to type stuff like this every week. Maybe Pelosi and Reid should stand aside and let Berkley and Ackerman take over. At least they sound like they have some fight in them.