According to the Associated Press, May 3, 2007 is yet another day that Bush proved he could manipulate the war in his favor when the Democratic-controlled House failed to override his veto of an Iraq war-spending bill with timetables for troop withdrawals. (Voting to override Bush’s veto were 220 Democrats and 2 Republicans. Voting to sustain the veto were 196 Republicans and 7 Democrats.) Additionally, Bush showed that he had no conscience in spending taxpayer’s money and bringing insolvency to the national debt when he refused to back down on what he wants in war funding legislation – namely, no strings on the military effort in Iraq.  However, according to “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Democrats later met with Bush and emerged undeterred in their determination to bring soldiers home and “we hope to do so in unison with the president of the United States.” 

Just a day after Bush vetoed the first version of the bill, because it would require U.S. combat troops to begin withdrawing by Oct. 1, Congressional leaders from both parties went to the White House to discuss follow-up war funding legislation. The meeting broke up after only 30 minutes when both Republican and Democratic leaders came out promising to continue working toward a compromise that the President would not veto. Speaker Nancy Pelosi further added that after an hour-long debate, “The president has turned a tin ear to the wishes of the American people. The president wants a blank check. The Congress will not give it to him.” However, while both parties agree it that any compromise should include benchmarks for progress in Iraq, many Democrats insist they be tied to timelines for U.S. troop withdrawals whereas Bush and his congressional allies say such links are unacceptable. Arguing for the President’s agenda was Representative Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., who stated that politicians should not make military decisions and that “Now is not the time for the United States to back down in its war on terror.” I wonder if Lewis could be Bush’s next McCain, now that McCain has supposedly taken an anti-Bush platform in his campaign for presidency.  

However, with both parties pledging not to leave our troops in harm’s way without the resources they need House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer hopes to have a new bill passed in the House in two weeks, with a final measure sent to the president before Memorial Day. Hoyer refused to give out details of the proposed bill but said he anticipates an addendum to the bill that would include a minimum-wage increase. He further speculated that the bill would most likely fund combat through Sept. 30 as Bush has requested, casting doubt that Democratic leaders will adopt a proposal by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., to fund the war two or three months at a time. So, with the pressure now on the Democrats and the polls supporting their determination to withdraw our troops from Iraq the challenge for legislatures will be to submit a bill that will be agreeable to the President. However, liberal members of the House say they will vote against any additional war spending unless the bill contains language instituting the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. 

Given this stalemate we Americans will just have to wait until the next election to make our feelings known by voting our conscience and hopefully ridding ourselves of the selfish, vindictive leadership that we have been subjected to for the last eight years.[tags]Bush, Troop withdrawal, Iraq, veto, war financing, Democratic stance, Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha,Jerry Lewis, Bush agenda, Americans ignored[/tags]