Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Stwike him, Centuwion. Stwike him vewy wuffly!

Err, I don't see this.

The House has already passed legislation requiring troops to be withdrawn by Sept. 1, 2008. The Senate vote assured that the Democratic-controlled Congress would send Bush legislation later this spring that calls for a change in war policy. A veto is a certainty, presuming the president follows through.

That would put the onus back on the Democrats, who would have to decide how long they wanted to extend the test of wills in the face of what are likely to be increasingly urgent statements from the administration that the money is needed for troops in the war zone.

Democrats just won an election largely on the basis that they would change course on Iraq. The President won't just be vetoing legislation, he'll be going against the will of most of the country that his failed war be brought to an end.

I'm sure there are people around Bush that are blowing smoke up his butt and playing to his short guy syndrome but the American people won't be as easily dazzled by bullshit this time around. Add to that the large number of Republican Senators up for re-election and I think it's fair to say that a funding crisis would largely put the onus on Bush and the Republican party to join the rest of America on this issue.

(I see Gordo voted with the angels on this one. I don't care. If this weren't an election cycle I haven't the slightest doubt he'd be on the other side. When it comes to principle he's the exact opposite of the principled tradition of Oregon Senators and no heir to Mark Hatfield.)


Swinebread said...

This war is about funneling money into government contractors, George and Dick’s buddies… not supporting the troops… oh and maybe oil too.

I support the troops; I don’t want them to die in a useless war anymore… for nothing…

Dean Wormer said...

Absolutely. Bring 'em the heck home.

Don Snabulus said...

Gordon Smith IS trying to schlock together a legacy out of this, but I don't think he will be seen as a public servant as Hatfield was because the corruption of his voting record is just too clear.

Election time is approaching and he is finally feeling the heat of needing to, at long last, represent his constituency.

But hey, I will take it any way I can get it when it comes to pulling America back to reality regarding Iraq.

Gordo and Chucky did the right thing for once. Thanks for that.

Dean Wormer said...

Yes, it's good Gordo's doing the good thing.

We still need to toss him out on his ass.

Hopefully his transparency will make that obvious this time around.