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House Approves Iraq Timetable

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Posted on Mar 23, 2007

The House of Representatives narrowly passed the hotly debated timeline for getting American troops out of Iraq by Aug. 31, 2008. Bush has indicated he will veto the bill. In a statement to the press,  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “The American people see the reality of war. The president does not.”

NYT:
WASHINGTON, March 23—The House of Representatives voted today, by the narrowest possible margin and after an unusually emotional debate, to set a timetable for bringing American troops home from Iraq.

The bill received 218 votes in favor, the minimum needed for passage in the 435-seat chamber. There were 212 votes opposed. The Democratic leadership held the voting open for two additional minutes past the originally scheduled 15 to lock up the majority. Vote-counters had predicted beforehand that the outcome would be very close.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the legislation, which took the form of an emergency spending bill, “a giant step to end the war and responsibly redeploy our troops out of Iraq” and concentrate on Afghanistan, “where the war on terrorism is.”

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By GW=MCHammered, March 24, 2007 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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“The means are the ends in the making.” 
~Gandhi

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By Ernest Canning, March 23, 2007 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment
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This bill is a sham.  It doesn’t compel the President to do anything.  It wastes another $120 billion that is needed here, inside the U.S. for education, housing, job creation, medical care.  It doesn’t support our troops—it betrays them by leaving them in harm’s way at least until Sept. 2008 when the Dems can use the continuation of the war they were elected to end. 

The President’s assertion that he will veto the bill reminds me of b’rar rabbit saying, “Don’t throw me in the briar patch.”  The real risk is that he will sign the bill, then issue another signing statement that says he will ignore the time limit.  What will Nancy Impeachment-Is-Off-The-Table Pelosi do then?

This is a cowardly bill.  Good many and women are dying in Iraq every day, the vast majority of Americans want out, but the Democrats lack the intestinal fortitude to cut off funds.  Only Dennis Kucinich and eight other members of the Out of Iraq caucus had the courage and wisdom to see through this sham and vote against it.  How sad!

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By Michael Murry, March 23, 2007 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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No way Deputy Dubya will veto ANY bill that gives him the money he needs to drag out for yet another bloody year his unconscionable occupation of Iraq. He will bluster “a mighty wind” and then “sign” the bill while crossing the fingers of one had behind his back, snarling: “kiss my scrawny, lying ass,” and simultaneously “unsigning” the parts of the bill he refuses to accept: a longstanding—and ridiculously unchallenged—practice of his.

Sheriff Dick Cheney will never allow his propaganda catapulter, Deputy Dubya, to send a vetoed bill back to Congress because the Democrats who loyally stood behind Nancy Pelosi to save their Speaker’s face—once—will never again vote for ANYTHING that funds a war and occupation they have no interest in funding for yet another day, much less another needless, bloody year. No. Dimwit Dubya will do what Daddy Dick tells him and sign for the money—and then go on doing what the duplicitous duo wants, anyway, because neither of the two tyrants has to run for election ever again and Nancy Pelosi foolishly “negotiated with herself” into taking a long-justified impeachment of Cheney and Bush “off the table.”

No. The discredited and dishonorable “Bait and Switch” Bush will “sign” and then betray the troops and the American people once again. Standard Operating Proceedure. No bill at all would have precluded all of this. No president can veto a bill that does not exist. No Senate can undermine a bill that does not exist. And no president can attach a worthless “signature” to a bill he has no intention of honoring—except for taking the money—anyway. America needs NO BILL for more occupation of “sovereign” Iraq. ANY bill that authorizes ANY more of such self-destructive insanity does NOT constitute “the beginning of the beginning of the end.” It in fact just means “a continuance of the continuing of the needless stalling until Dick and Dubya can slink out of office and blame their cosmic fuck-up on their successors.” Too bad for all the dead people and squandered billions that no one seems willing to save by just “ending” this tragic farce.

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By DennisD, March 23, 2007 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment
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If it were only this simple - it’s not “a giant step”, but one small step. We’ll see just how far our spineless Congress is willing to take the fight to the Out House. If they lay down and roll over we’re finished as a country. It’d be asking too much for some Republicans to grow some balls and stand up for a change. The Bu$h dictatorship must go down and his own arrogance should be enough to do it.

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By Dale Headley, March 23, 2007 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment
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George Bush will now dig in his heels; so should Congress.  When Bush vetoes the bill, he will demand that they send him a “clean” bill.  Congress should counter with a demand that Bush sign the bill so that the troops can be properly funded.  Congress MUST keep the ball in Bush’s court by constantly framing the issue as one of Bush refusing to fund the troops for petulant, political reasons - which they are!  Every time a warmonger or chickenhawk tries to characterize Congress’ action as denying troops support, Congress must immediately and forcefully point out that all Bush has to do if he REALLY wants to fund the troops, is sign the bill.  Hang tough, Dems - for once!

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By Lord Byron, March 23, 2007 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment
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Alright! Three cheers for Pelosi’s leadership! It’s not perfect but at least it puts our corrupt, arrogant, incompetent and thoroughly contemptuous President on the ropes for now! I sure hope the Dems can stay united and force Bush’s hand even more. Bush must be stopped and the United States must leave Iraq now.

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By Steve Hammons, March 23, 2007 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment
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A phased “redeployment” (withdrawal)of US forces, hand-over of responsibilities to a shaky government and it’s weak army with US advisors . . . it sounds like this is coming, and it seems very much like the “Vietnamization” plan of the early 1970s that began the US pullout from Vietnam.

Then, too, Congress used its power of the purse to reduce and then end direct US combat involvement in Vietnam.

And then, too, phony information started the war, profiteers made millions from it and our military had a difficult time fighting an insurgency by the local people. Meanwhile, US troops and innocent local civilians kept getting killed and wounded. And, Americans gradually saw that it was all sadly foolish.

Though there seem to be many differences as well, the invasion and occupation of Iraq seems very similar to the Vietnam War. For more on this, see:

‘Nam War, ‘Raq War: Similarities, Differences

By Steve Hammons
Columnist, PopulistAmerica.com  
Populist Party of America
March 19, 2007

http://www.populistamerica.com/nam_war_raq_war

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By Norris, March 23, 2007 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment
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It is imperative to get out to stop more psycho activity like this:

http://www.roadstoiraq.com/2007/03/22/1876/

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By Quy Tran, March 23, 2007 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment
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But Bush will veto it because his “uncle” Cheney telling him to do so.

No more timetable, just withdraw our troops from there immediately. Cheney’s belly is big enough, and it will explode if the war still drag on in Iraq.

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