WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Thursday drew a veto threat from the White House after unveiling a plan that sets specific timetables to remove U.S. combat troops from Iraq and bring them home before fall 2008.
In a direct challenge to President Bush's strategy for Iraq, the plan would have troops redeploying as early as July of this year but no later than March 2008, and full combat withdrawal by August 2008.
WHAT PART ABOUT SETTING A TIME-TABLE WILL DO NOTHING BUT PUT OUR ENEMIES ON HOLD.......DON'T THE DEMOCRATS UNDERSTAND THIS?
Definition of liberal "progressives": "regressive diversionaries"
I'm so pissed right now, I will leave this post open, go have a cocktail, and try to calm down enough to try to make some sense of this insanity.......................
UPDATE: I'm still fuming.....but Glen Beck was incredible tonight in scorning the Dems on their obstructive anti-American legislation that could very well cripple our efforts to keep the war on terrorism in the Middle East, and not back on our soil.
I'm hoping to see Allah at Hot Air get something up soon to link...........
UPDATE II: Hot Air Video: Petraeus’s first press conference; Update: Pullout could start by July 1, says Pelosi; Update: Bush counsel vows veto; Update: CNN reporter rips Dems’ timetable.........
The serious question is finally ask by Curt at Flopping Aces:
Can We Question Their Patriotism Yet?
So now the Democrats actually believe they can push through legislation that would force Bush to start withdrawing troops by next year. Yup, they will be fighting provisions that actually accomplish 9/11 Commission recommendations and make our country safer all the while they fight FOR unions to represent TSA employee's.Can we question their patriotism yet?
Rep. Boehner hits the nail on the head:
"Unfortunately, the Democrats latest plan is an old twist on an old adage: failure at any cost," he said in a Capitol Hill press conference. "Democrats are using the critical troop funding bill to micromanage the war on terror -- undermining our generals on the ground and slowly choking off resources for our troops.
This is not the last, but the beginning of a battle that the Left is going to lose. The safety and security of this great nation is being threatened from with-in. The Democratic Party will have to think long and hard about weather they intend to have the resolve to protect us. At this point, I have sincere doubts. And this battle is far from over..........
SteveK, a commentor at Blackfive ask:
What really is the "will of the people" on the war, democrat style? Most (not all) democrats I have spoken with are against withdrawing early, nor are they for not funding the troops or hard deadlines. They voted for who they did because they wanted a change in the way the war was being fought, a change of direction, new ideas. They aren't getting what they voted for because some far left extremists have high jacked the party.To be fair I'm from a conservative state where there are few far left, or far right, folks. But even in a democrat state I find it hard to believe the majority would be for these bills being discussed in Congress. Are there polls available showing what the democrat voters are really for? #
UPDATE III--Ed Morrisey at Captain's Quarters has the sad state of the left up here :
"Instead of focusing on losing the war, Petraeus needs to focus on winning it, and Congress needs to get out of his way. This gives a roadmap for the terrorists to follow to drive the US out of Iraq. All they have to do is read the list of benchmarks and do whatever they can do to block the first one, and Congress will declare defeat and run for the hills.
Expect the Republicans to successfully filibuster this bill in the Senate."