Bush vetoes Iraq spending, troop withdrawal bill

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President Bush discusses veto (AP)

President Bush vetoed legislation to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq Tuesday night in a historic showdown with Congress over whether the unpopular and costly war should end or escalate.

In only the second veto of his presidency, Bush rejected legislation pushed by Democratic leaders that would require the first U.S. combat troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by Oct. 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months later.

“This is a prescription for chaos and confusion and we must not impose it on our troops,” Bush said in a nationally broadcast statement from the White House. He said the bill would “mandate a rigid and artificial deadline” for troop pullouts, and “it makes no sense to tell the enemy when you plan to start withdrawing.”

Democrats accused Bush of ignoring American’s desire to stop the war, which has claimed the lives of more than 3,350 members of the military.

“The president wants a blank check,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., moments after Bush’s appearance. “The Congress is not going to give it to him.” She said Congress would work with him to find common ground but added that there was “great distance” between them on Iraq.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Bush has an obligation to explain his plan for responsibly ending the war.

“If the president thinks by vetoing this bill, he’ll stop us from working to change the direction of the war in Iraq, he is mistaken,” Reid said.

Lacking the votes to override the president, Democratic leaders quietly considered what might be included or kept out of their next version of the $124 billion spending bill. Bush will meet with congressional leaders — Democrats and Republicans alike — on Wednesday to discuss a new bill.

Bush said Democrats had made a political statement by passing anti-war legislation. “They’ve sent their message, and now it’s time to put politics behind us and support our troops with the funds,” the president said.

He said the need to act is urgent because without a war-funding bill, the armed forces will have to consider cutting back on buying or repairing equipment.

“Our troops and their families deserve better, and their elected leaders can do better,” Bush said.

“Whatever our differences, surely we can agree that our troops are worthy of this funding and that we have a responsibility to get it to them without further delay,” the president said.

Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press

7 Responses to "Bush vetoes Iraq spending, troop withdrawal bill"

  1. Gary  May 1, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    I can only say “Support Our Troops! Bring them back alive and end this dumb war! NOW!”

  2. Bill Jonke  May 1, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Bush is a prick!

    Bill Jonke

  3. Carl Nemo  May 1, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    It’s obvious based on Bushco’s performance to this point, post his 2003 declaration of “Mission Accomplished” to present, that this Iraqi action is nothing, absolutely nothing, but a shakedown of the American taxpayer. Even the Iraqi puppet regime is in on the take.

    So I advise all citizen patriots regardless of party affiliation to contact your reps in the House and demand they support an effort to override the Veto first. Intransigent republicans need to be roughed up on the phone and their offices instructed if they don’t override his Veto they are “not” going back to D.C. when their bid for re-election comes up.

    Failing this, Congress needs to keep shipping the same bill back to his Veto pin so it’s tip can kiss the paper until the 12th of never. When they finally run out of time and dough, with their only option being to pack our guys on transports and clear out of Iraq then “we the people” shall have prevailed as we should! Rest assured folks our GI’s won’t be left standing in their skivvies at Bagdhad airport, weaponless and without ammo.:)) For Bushco to spin this yarn is pure b.s. If we have to leave like during the “Fall of Saigon” with bullets zipping around our choppers etc. as we high-tail it to Kuwait then so be it. We can’t win modern wars because they aren’t winnable wars, they are nothing but “kick the door” SWAT actions rousting other nations for the benefit of MIC/NWO/AIPAC interests. It’s a blank check and we are supposed to grin and bear it until the stars fall from heaven. Bush is not a king although he may think so in his narrow mind. He’s no different than some small town mayor and his minions that have gone “bad”. Congress now needs to do their duty and show them the door on behalf of “we the people” !

    I’ll post the duty link so folks can locate their reps. It’s very easy and I suggest you create a shortcut on your desktop to their office locations, tel numbers, email addresses etc. I suggest calling first, emailing second, and snail mailing last although it is still the most effective method to get your message across with “gravitas”. The second link allows you to sign up for an email service that will alert you as to how your reps vote on bills be they HB or SB’s. After you send them to D.C. you “must” keep a close eye on how they vote, if not you’ll find out in many cases they are hammering out either their own agenda, or they’ve climbed on the NWO/AIPAC bandwagon which is out to neutralize/destroy the United States of America as we know it. My suggestions and our victory is not out of reach. As they say…
    “just do it”…! Carl Nemo **==

    http://www.conservativeusa.org/megalink.htm
    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

  4. erika morgan  May 1, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Helpful comment Nemo my Congressman is very intractable but I’m onto him now anyway.

  5. SEAL  May 1, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    I think it was on Utube that Senator Joe Biden said congress should “shove it down his throat!” Each of the other also rans for the democratic nomination said congress should cut the funding for Bush’s war. The two front runners, Clinton and Obama< said there should be a plan for redeployment of the troops before cutting the funds.

    So, the good news is that prominent democrats are finally calling on congress and their party to go to war with Bush and shut down the war in Iraq. With them leading, I wonder if it is possible that Pelosi and Reid will pull their troops together to actually send the same damn bill back to Bush if they can’t convince enough repugnants to override the veto.

    Those republican senators are going to have a lot of pressure applied to them from both sides, now. Too bad it isn’t real close to election time. Those polititions know they have almost two years before they have to worry about reelection and many other issues will arise before that to negate the importance of this episode.

    This is the first time the democrats have shown any balls in over 6 years. Of course, most of those campaigners are doing it for primary votes because they are behind. But I will take any reason as long as they do it. Biden is the only one that has been a consistant opponent of the war from the beginning. Gotta respect that guy.

  6. SEAL  May 2, 2007 at 2:35 am

    It is absolutely disgusting that a “commander in chief” would declare that if congress does not fund his war he will leave the troops out there with inadequate equipment to fight a war. Soldiers without vehicles, armor, even ammo. What kind of a commander would do that?

    Support the troops? What a crock. In war, everything takes a lot of abuse. Everything wears out. Boots, socks, clothing, engines, brakes, weapons, everything. I know. I’ve been there. Replacements are the most important thing to any soldier. But Bush says they will have to stay out in the field without any of that? If that isn’t something to bring on impeachment we are through as a nation. Just declaring that is what he will do is sufficient. Congress cannot allow him to do that.

  7. Jenifer D.  May 2, 2007 at 3:46 am

    with a working spine in the house?” Seriously folks, why did the show-down take so LONG???? Oh yeah, the name of this new game is called ‘PROCRASTINATION’(Aggravation)-let’s wait until the allied forces run out of money and resources before we actually attempt to put the system of checks and balances to work.

    30 or 40 years from now, the historical quote from this era would be “It seemed like a good idea, at the time”.

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