We Told You So: Democratic Provision about Iran Removed from Bill
Some readers have complained Corrente is too cynical, and not trusting enough in the process of democracy as employed by the newly majority party. Well, Lambert- looks like they're not going to earn back that "-ic" anytime soon:
WASHINGTON - Top House Democrats retreated Monday from an attempt to limitBush'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 (news, bio, voting record) 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.
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 also provides nearly $100 billion to pay for fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The White House has issued a veto threat against the measure, 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."
I'll just go away in disgust and contemplate another 100 billion thrown away the better to enrich Halliburton and CACI and a some more dead American soldiers who don't have armor or potable drinking water. There is "waiting us out" alright. Waiting for the American people to wake up and understand that so long as you use the words "terrorism" and "Israel," the MIC gravy train will roll on and on and on...