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Reply #23: Actually, I do understand that perfectly...the bill is still DOA as far as actually stopping the war [View All]

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youngdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-23-07 08:31 PM
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23. Actually, I do understand that perfectly...the bill is still DOA as far as actually stopping the war
The bill is a token to show the public it is trying and doesn't want ownership of the war, but that is the extent of the import of this bill. The bill in its present form will be vetoed and in the form that it will hit his desk, he will sign it then neuter it with a signing statement. Until the Dems grow a pair on these signing statements, every piece of Democratic legislation that hits his desk and passes is gonna be essentially only a shell of what was written.

This Congress is going to quickly be accused of playing politics with troop funding as Bush begins to complain that he is running out of resources with which to protect the troops, and our vulnerable Dems are gonna go running for the hills. I wish I shared your optimism of the never ending energy level of the Dems continuing to submit to the president essentially the same bill, but the time will quickly come when the administration begins to complain that it doesn't have the resources it needs to protect the troops, and the media will begin to harass the Dems about being stubborn and to stop submitting the same bill if the result is predetermined and if they 'really want to help the troops, they would give them the tools they need to finish the job'. Then, some wolves in sheep's clothing will begin to clamor for a 'compromise' (read capitulation).

I have seen this movie before, I'm afraid. Hope I'm surprised by the ending this time. Hope I'm wrong.

However, I will bet ANY taker here on DU $100 that we will still be in Iraq (above 50,000 troops) on Election Day 08. I just don't see Bush pulling troops out no matter what the law, threat, or outcry says. It just isn't in him, and his whole cabal thrives on thumbing its nose at the rule of law, and our majority is WAY too thin (thanks LIEberman) for us to do ANYTHING with real teeth because LIEberman and the other pro-war Dems will block it.

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