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Bush talks compromise…but only on his terms

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May 1, 2007

President Bush said Monday he wants to work with Democrats on compromise legislation to pay for the Iraq war but will carry through on his threat to veto any spending bill that sets a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal.

“I’m optimistic we can get something done in a positive way,” Bush said in a Rose Garden news conference with leaders of the European Union.

The bill, which Bush has long threatened to veto, was expected to reach his desk on Tuesday. The House and Senate voted last week to approve the $124.2 billion measure, which also calls for troops to begin being pulled out in October.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urged the president to reconsider his veto.

“If the president wonders why the American people have lost patience, it is because the news out of Iraq grows worse by the day,” Reid said. “When we send the supplemental conference report to President Bush tomorrow, we ask that he take some time to reflect on that somber fact.”

Bush said that once he vetoes the bill, he’s ready to work with Democrats on a new version that provides funds without strings attached.

“There are a lot of Democrats who understand we need to get the money to the troops,” he said.

Democratic congressional aides said they anticipate Bush will veto the bill on Wednesday, before a scheduled meeting the president plans at the White House with bipartisan congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Reid.

Bush said the measure includes “artificial timetables for withdrawal. But that’s not the only bad thing about the bill. It also imposes the judgment of people in Washington on our military commanders and diplomats. It also adds domestic spending that’s unrelated to the war.

“I have made my position very clear. The Congress chose to ignore it, and so I will veto the bill,” Bush said.

On another matter, Bush said that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice might meet with Iranian diplomats later this week on the sidelines of a meeting in Egypt on Iraq.

“Should the foreign minister of Iran bump into Condi Rice, Condi won’t be rude. She’s not a rude person. I’m sure she’ll be polite,” Bush said.

The administration in the past has resisted engaging Iran diplomatically on Iraq because of the stalemate over Tehran’s nuclear uranium enrichment program. But, in recent days, the administration has signaled more flexibility.

Rice will “also be firm in reminding the representative of the Iranian government that there’s a better way forward for the Iranian people than isolation,” Bush said.

He called Iran “a significant threat to world peace, today and in the future” because of its nuclear weapons ambitions. He immediately amended his remarks, saying, “‘today’ is the wrong word — in the future. They don’t have a weapon today.”

Tehran insists it is developing nuclear energy to meet electricity demands, not to build weapons.

Bush said the U.S. and European leaders were together in backing enforcement of U.N. resolutions on Iran to allow inspections of nuclear facilities. Bush said that the United States and the European Union are “united in sending this very clear message” to Iran.

Bush met with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and German Chancellor Angela Merkel , the president of the European Union.

On another subject, Bush said that he wanted Paul Wolfowitz to remain as president of the World Bank.

“He ought to stay,” Bush said. Wolfowitz is being investigated for helping to arrange a contract to give a big salary increase to his female companion.

Bush cited Wolfowitz’s work in championing programs to end poverty throughout the world.

On efforts to restart the so-called Doha round of global trade-liberalization talks, Bush said, “I’m under no illusion about how hard it will be to achieve the objective.”

The leaders also said they talked about climate change and agreed to take a united approach to find ways to lower pollution that causes global warming.

“We don’t want to isolate ourselves” from rest of world, Merkel said.

–JENNIFER LOVEN

Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press

10 Responses to Bush talks compromise…but only on his terms

  1. LurkingFromTheLeft

    May 1, 2007 at 10:08 am

    …you’re doing a heckuva job Wolfie –

    …now get over here Angela – come to your Bushie Boy –

    …sometimes ‘real life’ is better than any comedy sketch –

    LFTL

  2. TRUTH 101

    May 1, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Seal said it best. Give BUSH a taste of BUSH. He vetoes the bill today, send it back, as many times as necessary without a single change. That is the ONLY message BUSH understands

    He can’t play if the Congress won’t pay so this whole compromise thing on BOTH sides of the Executive and Congress and on BOTH SIDES of the Aisle is more smoke and mirrors for perception purposes only.

  3. JudyB

    May 1, 2007 at 11:12 am

    Bush is a hubris & cocky dictator thus does not negotiate,compromise, or even concern himself with his detractors.

  4. Steve Horn

    May 1, 2007 at 11:37 am

    like any spoiled brat he just needs to be put in his place. Congress has the power, if they have the courage, to wipe that fu*king smirk right off his mug.

  5. Steve Horn

    May 1, 2007 at 11:36 am

    There should be no compromise from the congress. The congressional leaders should stand their ground and teach Bush a lesson in civics. In fact, if Bush rejects this bill then perhaps Congress should present him with a more restrictive one, and continue to do so until his “war effort” runs out of cash, forcing the troops home.

    Perhaps George can explain to the American people how life before birth is precious and to be protected, but afterwards has no real value, except to be cannon fodder for his dirty little war.

    “Mission Accomplished”

    Steve

  6. Doubtom

    May 2, 2007 at 1:22 am

    Are you kidding Steve? IdiotBush can’t even explain why something tossed up in the air comes down when it was certainly his intention to have it up stay up there. This is quite likely the dumbest bastard ever to occupy the White House.
    Oh yeah we’re screwed! Royally screwed!

  7. Carl Nemo

    May 1, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    “Bush said the U.S. and European leaders were together in backing enforcement of U.N. resolutions on Iran to allow inspections of nuclear facilities. Bush said that the United States and the European Union are “united in sending this very clear message” to Iran.”

    Fine then let the European Union and Nato go to Bagdhad and carry the burden of establishing law and order and they too can singularly apply their military muscle to Iran if they feel the need to so. They can also write us a fat check for 366,032,000 EUR = $500,000,000 USD to cover our expenditures for ousting Saddam from the region if they think it had any value to Euro security, which I think not! The Euro’s were part of the Gulf War I coalition. The cost of that debacle was cheap at $40 billion. I dont’ think accounts were squared away on that debacle courtesy of Bush 41. These same Euro’s green-lighted us to some extent concerning the extrication of Saddam, most if not all are gone from Iraq. These smug, pompous, corrupt Eurocrats all puppeteered by the Rothchild banking gang are bound and determined to see the U. S. end up in the toilet bowl of history. Since Bushco wants to use them as his support base, then I suggest he demand they pay the full freight of this war from now on including the future muscle to force Iran to comply concerning nuclear proliferation etc. Let the Germans fight in Iran and spill their blood for Israel. I think it only fitting based on the German track record in WWII. Of course this should also include a serious ongoing donation of Euro-lives and money to be fed to the international MIC gods of war; i.e., wars for profit and adventurism! Why just U.S. dollars and U.S. lives…?!

    I’d also like to pass on some links demonstrating how the U.S. dollar is tanking against the Euro but most of the worlds currencies. The oil producing nations are switching to the Euro for oil payment. So they are not only being compensated for oil in a strong currency such as the Euro, but one that is appreciating against the dollar all the time. This gives the financial enemies of “we the people” more powerful currencies to buy up ever-cheapening U.S. assets. So we are not only losing a war based on “cooked” intellgience courtesy of the Wolfowitz-Feith-Cheney rogue intelligence pipline, but we are also losing an even more insidious financial war that the average American has no clue unless they travel abroad frequently. Soon Americans are going to be in for serious “sticker” shock; everything from a $10 loaf of white bread to a $50,000 Honda Civic.

    I urge all citizen patriots to contact their reps regardless of party affiliation and to demand we pull the plug on this treasury draining, life-extinguishing Iraqi debacle asap. Extricating ourselves from that region will allow these people sort out their differences and it will cause a pullback in the price of oil, natural gas and a host of other commodities along with a subsequent increase in the value of the U.S. dollar. Our crooked free traders in D.C. will say this is bad for the U.S. economy. They lie! The major exports from the ports of Long Beach and New York are scrap metal and cardboard… :)) The U.S. is nothing but a consumeristic feedlot! Just study our $750 billion dollar annual trade deficits. Goods come in from all over the world, Americans rip the goodies out of the boxes, play with their toys and continue to do so. Well I guess we know how to make scrap cardboard… :)) Our serious high dollar exports are the weapons of war and contracts related to the making of war for the benefit of Bechtel, Halliburton, KBR, GE, Lockeed, Raytheon, and In other words America’s wealth is being funneled into the pockets of the few without benefit to the many.

    http://futures.tradingcharts.com/chart/EC/W
    http://futures.tradingcharts.com/chart/US/W

    http://www.conservativeusa.org/megalink.htm

    A link to the European Union; i.e., the people that should be handling the Middle East situation. Look at the world map and study where they are located and ask yourselves why “we the people” are screwing around in the region. Israel has lots of big money buddies in the Euro-Union, but they are smart and don’t want to piss Euros down raghead ratholes. That’s our job according to the Bushista, NWO/MIC/AIPAC agenda…no?!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union

  8. LurkingFromTheLeft

    May 1, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    …and am reminded reading the FINE corporate bastards companies above,

    http://www.steveearle.net/discography/revolution.php#RichMansWar

    …too bad it is too warm in Iraq for Hershey’s Products, that would add another fine corporate example of greed –

    …btw, Happy May Day all – the REAL Labour Day –

    Peace yet more pieces keeping breaking off –

    LFTL

  9. Steve Horn

    May 1, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Just heard – Bush in a speech – managed to read (and apparently pronounce) that if we leave Iraq it’ll turn into a (get read for it) “cauldron of chaos”. While this does give us a hint as to what the President is reading (Harry Potter), I ask ya – what the hell is it now, a tub of trouble?

    Peace

    Steve

  10. Doubtom

    May 2, 2007 at 2:49 am

    We are in big trouble when IdiotBush who can’t pronounce half of what he utters suddenly decides to venture into alliteration. This is too painful to foist onto an unsuspecting world.