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Countdown – Cave in

I agreed with John Edwards when he said we should just send the White House the same bill over and over again. That had support. For reasons that completely unclear to me and to Keith Olbermann, Democrats folded. It is disheartening. It is a sign that having a Democratic majority isn’t enough. We have to have the right Democrats in office.

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From MSNBC:

A Special Comment about the Democrats’ deal with President Bush to continue financing this unspeakable war in Iraq—and to do so on his terms:

This is, in fact, a comment about… betrayal.

Few men or women elected in our history—whether executive or legislative, state or national—have been sent into office with a mandate more obvious, nor instructions more clear:

Get us out of Iraq.

Yet after six months of preparation and execution—half a year gathering the strands of public support; translating into action, the collective will of the nearly 70 percent of Americans who reject this War of Lies, the Democrats have managed only this:

  • The Democratic leadership has surrendered to a president—if not the worst president, then easily the most selfish, in our history—who happily blackmails his own people, and uses his own military personnel as hostages to his asinine demand, that the Democrats “give the troops their money”;
  • The Democratic leadership has agreed to finance the deaths of Americans in a war that has only reduced the security of Americans;
  • The Democratic leadership has given Mr. Bush all that he wanted, with the only caveat being, not merely meaningless symbolism about benchmarks for the Iraqi government, but optional meaningless symbolism about benchmarks for the Iraqi government.
  • The Democratic leadership has, in sum, claimed a compromise with the Administration, in which the only things truly compromised, are the trust of the voters, the ethics of the Democrats, and the lives of our brave, and doomed, friends, and family, in Iraq. (more…)
  • By |2007-05-23T22:44:03-04:00May 23rd, 2007|Countdown, Iraq|Comments Off on Countdown – Cave in

    Countdown – Dems Cave, Surge 2.0

    I thought the goal was to bring home the troops? Wasn’t that the goal? How does caving in to the President to that?

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    From MSNBC:

    Flinching in the face of a veto threat, Democratic congressional leaders neared agreement with Bush administration Tuesday on legislation to pay for the Iraq war without a troop withdrawal timeline.

    Several officials said the emerging $120 billion compromise would include as much as $8 billion for Democratic domestic priorities — originally resisted by the White House — such as disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina victims and farmers hurt by drought.

    After a bruising veto struggle in which Bush vetoed one Democratic-drafted measure and threatened to reject another, congressional leaders in both political parties said they hoped the compromise would be cleared for President Bush’s signature by Friday. (more…)

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    So, the only thing that could be more depressing would be the thought of even more troops going to Iraq. Oh, fab, more troops going to Iraq.

    By |2007-05-22T23:48:51-04:00May 22nd, 2007|Countdown, Iraq, Military|Comments Off on Countdown – Dems Cave, Surge 2.0
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