President Bush is determined to keep American troops in Iraq well past Oct. 1, the date Congress set to begin the U.S. pullout in an agreement reached Monday. Although the House and Senate agreed to pour $124 billion more into the war chest, Bush says he’ll veto the bill, while his critics suggest he’s trying to save face as he rides out his term.
AP via Breitbart.com:
“I’m disappointed that the Democratic leadership has chosen this course,” Bush said.
“They chose to make a political statement,” he said. “That’s their right, but it is wrong for our troops and it’s wrong for our country. To accept the bill proposed by the Democratic leadership would be to accept a policy that directly contradicts the judgment of our military commanders.”
House and Senate Democratic appropriators agreed Monday on a $124 billion bill that would fund the Iraq war but order troops to begin leaving by Oct. 1 with the goal of completing the pullout six months later. Democrats would need a two-thirds majority to override a presidential veto.