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Bush goes on the offensive

April 7, 2007

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Just as a stopped clock is right twice a day, President Bush finally made some sense on Iraq this week. His forceful attack on the Democrats' deadline for withdrawing our combat troops hit the bull's-eye.

Bush had a fat, easy target. The House version of the military funding bill, which includes a September 2008 deadline, is loaded with domestic spending bribes needed to get members to support it. And immediately after passing their bills, the House and the Senate went on spring break without bothering to reconcile their differences. Until they do, lawmakers can't send the measure to Bush for his certain veto.

That amounts to a stalemate, with the Democrats overplaying their hand and playing into Bush's claims they are undermining our troops and setting us up for failure in Iraq. Bush, no doubt tired of being on defense over the war and the problems of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, seized an opportunity to shift the blame. Conveniently ignoring his own poor performance as commander in chief, he warned that, unless Dems give the military the money it needs and let the troops finish their mission, Iraq would become a "cauldron of chaos" where Islamic extremists could "plot attacks on America."

Painting Democrats as soft on terror is familiar turf for Bush, and some of the old swagger was back. He sounded like Dirty Harry's "make my day" when he demanded Congress get back to work. "They need to come off their vacation, get a bill to my desk, and if it's got strings and mandates and withdrawals and pork, I'll veto it. And then we can get down to the business of getting this thing done."

For Democrats, there are hypocrisy and risk in the move to force a troop withdrawal. They derided the president's surge in January by saying that most military commanders opposed it. Yet, as Bush crowed Tuesday, not a single commander has voiced support for their withdrawal timetable. With the added talk of tax hikes under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Dems are on the verge of reinforcing their stereotypes of being anti-military and pro-taxes.

Bush also sought to portray them as hurting military families, warning that a funding delay could mean longer stays in Iraq for some troops and earlier deployment for others.

"Congress' most basic responsibility is to give our troops the equipment and training they need to fight our enemies and protect our nation. They're now failing in that responsibility, and if they do not change course in the coming weeks, the price of that failure will be paid by our troops and their loved ones," he said.

Those are serious charges, but Bush's gambit also is full of risks. His claim of progress in securing Baghdad could be undone in the instant it takes a car bomb to go off. And Democrats are right that voters are tired of the war, so they are scoring points even among some independents by standing up to Bush.

Politically and practically, however, there is little they can do to stop Bush's surge of 25,000 more troops. They are boxed in, for now, but maybe not for long. It all depends on what happens in Iraq.

Already, there is speculation that military commanders there, who will get the full surge contingent by early June, will have the remainder of the year to show real and sustained progress. If they fail, the battle over withdrawal will become an important marker on the road to our defeat.

- Michael Goodwin is a columnist for the New York Daily News.

Comments

deec 7 years ago

More name-calling and generalities. Support your opinions with facts and sources. Here's some help: http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/fact http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/opinion http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/generalities

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drewdun 7 years ago

"And judging by the way Dems are acting, coupled with the utterly laughable line-up for the Dem ticket for '08" - rt

Yeah, I'm sure that the candidates in the Dems 'utterly laughable line-up' are shaking in their boots at the DREAM TEAM of GOPers running.

HHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHA

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hawkperchedatriverfront 7 years ago

I thought Bush came in after Schauner? why is Bush on the offensive?

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OZ 7 years ago

Posted by WRONG_thinker (anonymous) on April 7, 2007 at 3:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Use facts, not generalities and name-calling." -deec

OK.

Dems have tunnel vision and one end-game:

Take down Bush.

It's going to be the demise of the Democratic Partys' very temporary majority.

And judging by the way Dems are acting, coupled with the utterly laughable line-up for the Dem ticket for '08---I can only wish ya'll far-left moveon.org folks the best of luck. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You KILL the snake by cutting off its head. It's no different with this criminal administration of murderers and X-Tian hypocrites.

So, yes, the IDIOT DUBYA must GO.

3,269, DEAD American Soldiers

Take your meds., it's nearly time for your meal.

HAPPY ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE WEEKEND, and.....

Praise CHEESES ! ! !

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Tom Shewmon 7 years ago

"Use facts, not generalities and name-calling." -deec

OK.

Dems have tunnel vision and one end-game:

Take down Bush.

It's going to be the demise of the Democratic Partys' very temporary majority.

And judging by the way Dems are acting, coupled with the utterly laughable line-up for the Dem ticket for '08---I can only wish ya'll far-left moveon.org folks the best of luck.

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paladin 7 years ago

Does anyone remember what happened to the Soviet Union when it became stubbornly entrenched in the quagmire of the Mid-east? It went broke and, shortly thereafter, disintegrated, fell apart. What, it can't happen to US? The longer the US is mired in the mess that is our occupation of Iraq, the more entrenched we will be in the entire region and the greater the likelihood that it will lead to our ruin, financially and as a world leader, militarily, economically, and morally. Get out ASAP, before its too late. Pragmatically, its the only feasible option.

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deec 7 years ago

Refute the other posters. Use facts, not generalities and name-calling. Or support your opinions, again, with facts and citations. Debate like an adult.

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OZ 7 years ago

Brought to you by The Bush Crime Family X-tian Casket Company

the AWOL, ALCOHOLIC, COCAINE ADDICTED, HYPOCRITICAL X-TIAN, DRY DRUNK, FUNCTIONING ILLITERATE, PEDOPHILE LOVING, BAGHDAD BUSH aka the IDIOT DUBYA continues to MURDER & TORTURE & SPEND TAX MONEY

U.S. MILITARY DEATHS IN IRAQ: 3,269 and rising

U.S. MILITARY WOUNDED & MAIMED IN IRAQ: 73,900 and rising

IRAQI CIVILIAN DEAD men, DEAD women and DEAD CHILDREN (MINIMUM): 689,500 and rising (the IDIOT liar DUBYA flippantly "admits" 30,000 12-12-05)

1,577 (plus) DEAD from KATRINA and the AWOL, ALCOHOLIC, COCAINE ADDICTED, DRY DRUNK, FUNCTIONING ILLITERATE, PEDOPHILE LOVING, IDIOT DUBYA'S incompetence and willful neglect all while on FIVE WEEK VACATION; the IDIOT DUBYA KILLS AT HOME, TOO!

the AWOL, ALCOHOLIC, COCAINE ADDICTED, DRY DRUNK, FUNCTIONING ILLITERATE, PEDOPHILE LOVING, BAGHDAD BUSH AKA IDIOT DUBYA'S "FAMILY" members injured, maimed or dead in Iraq or even SERVING their COUNTRY in MILITARY SERVICE =
N--O--N--E !!!!

The AWOL, ALCOHOLIC, COCAINE ADDICTED, DRY DRUNK, FUNCTIONING ILLITERATE, BAGHDAD BUSH aka IDIOT DUBYA'S administration has drafted amendments to the War Crimes Act that RETROACTIVELY protects policy-makers from possible criminal charges for authorizing humiliating and degrading treatment of detainees, according to lawyers who have seen the proposal. The White House, without elaboration, said in a statement that the bill "will apply to any conduct by any U.S. personnel, whether committed before or after the law is enacted"

This amendment is NOT the action of innocent people.
Innocent until TORTURED GUILTY. ` Of course, the incompetent, seditious and treasonous Condi Rice, DISMISSING Tenet's warnings on July 10, 2001, that OSSAMA BIN LADEN will ATTACK the UNITED STATES & the AWOL, ALCOHOLIC, COCAINE ADDICTED, DRY DRUNK, FUNCTIONING ILLITERATE, BAGHDAD BUSH aka the IDIOT DUBYA IGNORING the Presidential Daily Briefing, Dated, August 06, 2001, that OSSAMA BIN LADEN will ATTACK the UNITED STATES, is responsible for ALL the DEATHS of 9-11.

`

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"To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the SUPREME INTERNATIONAL CRIME differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." -- US Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, presiding Nuremburg Trials 1946

$ 768 BILLION DOLLARS of American TAXPAYER MONEY Spent by the IDIOT DUBYA on IRAQ and IRAQIS, NOT on America or for Americans.

Including $12 BILLION sent to Iraq IN CASH that subsequently and immediately disappeared, its weight was 340 TONS

Now, the IDIOT DUBYA is demanding $ 150 BILLION MORE American TAXPAYER DOLLARS, NOT for America or for Americans!

Praise CHEESES ! ! !

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Tom Shewmon 7 years ago

Dems have tunnel vision and one end-game:

Take down Bush.

It's going to be the demise of the Democratic Partys' very temporary majority.

And judging by the way Dems are acting, coupled with the utterly laughable line-up for the Dem ticket for '08---I can only wish ya'll far-left moveon.org folks the best of luck.

You guys are tremendous LJW neighbors!

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cowboy 7 years ago

ah remember the days when you could fire up a few torches , grab your shovels and sticks and just run the bums out of town , we need a modern day version of get rid of the king !

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mick 7 years ago

"Congress' most basic responsiblity is to give our troops..." Bush. No, Congress' most basic responsibilty is to represent the will of the electorate.

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drewdun 7 years ago

" he warned that, unless Dems give the military the money it needs and let the troops finish their mission, Iraq would become a "cauldron of chaos" where Islamic extremists could "plot attacks on America."

"Could" become a cauldron of chaos? Are you f** kidding me?

"Bush also sought to portray them as hurting military families, warning that a funding delay could mean longer stays in Iraq for some troops and earlier deployment for others."

That's rich coming from Bush, who trademarked the screwing of military families (deployment extensions, less than a year between deployments, and what was that other thing? OH YEAH, STARTING THIS GODD*** WAR IN THE FIRST PLACE).

"With the added talk of tax hikes under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Dems are on the verge of reinforcing their stereotypes of being anti-military and pro-taxes."

Hmmmmmmmm, no mention of the enormous debt left by the Republicans. Wonder why that is.

"His claim of progress in securing Baghdad could be undone in the instant it takes a car bomb to go off."

Apparently this newspaperman doesn't read newspapers. The bombings have not stopped or decreased, regardless of the spin (read: lies) that emanates from the White House everyday.

This guys columns are all the same: stenograph Bush/GOP talking points and frame anything the Dems do to challenge their horsesh** as 'politically risky.' Basically Goodwin is the worst kind of concern troll for the Dems - "Don't challenge the president too much, hurts the troops and such and carries the risk of being seen as anti-military. Very politically risky." Give me a break. Newsflash here Goodwin - Bush is politically risky for the Republicans. We saw that in November. To say he is deeply unpopular is to put it lightly. People realize that he started this damn war, prosecuted it extremely poorly, and that its high time for someone to challenge the would-be king. Not only is it good for our nation, but its a political winner as well. We'll see that in November 2008. People just want an end to this war - the polls reflect that - and Bush is insistent on doing the opposite of what the American people want done. The Republican Party will be paying the price for his arrogance for years to come.

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