Senate kowtows to Bush…again

The US Senate Monday passed a mammoth 648 billion dollar defense policy bill, shorn of attempts by disappointed anti-war Democrats to dictate President George W. Bush’s Iraq strategy.

The bill included around 128 billion dollars for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate.

The legislation passed by 92 votes to three after Democrats lost several attempts to dictate US troop levels in Iraq.

While the Department of Defense Authorization bill for fiscal year 2008 sets the size of programs, funds can only be disbursed after the passage of a Senate defense spending bill due to be taken up by the chamber this week.

The most significant Iraq related portion of the bill was an amendment backed by Democratic Senator Joseph Biden which passed last week, calling for a federalization of Iraq, with large amounts of power ceded to the provinces.

The amendment was however non-binding and will not force Bush to change strategy in the unpopular war.

Democrats failed by only four votes to include an amendment which would require troops who served in Iraq or Afghanistan to be granted as much time at home as they spent on combat deployments.

The bill would have effectively limited the number of troops available for deployment, and cut the size of the 160,000 strong US force in Iraq more quickly than the gradual reductions which Bush has promised.

The House of Representatives has already passed its version of the Defense authorization.


  1. SEAL

    One of the honchos of the democratic party was on Bill Mahr’s show last week. Bill asked him why they didn’t just refuse to send a bill to fund the war or just continue to send the same one he vetoed back to him.

    The man never answered the question. He talked and talked but no answer came, just bullshit. I was very disappointed that Mahr did not press him on it but one of the other panelists jumped in with something else and distracted the conversation.

    However, The fact that the man would not answer the question tells us everything we need to know. They don’t want to shut the war down or place any limits on Bush as to how it is conducted. Now the question becomes why don’t they want the war to stop and are willing to sit on an 11% approval rating for congress because they won’t stop it?

  2. RSW

    So the Democrats circled the wagons, and the circle has gone ’round: another 150 billion. And the circle has gone ’round again. And again. And it won’t stop until the persons of congress and the persons of executive have driven the country six feet under the ground.

    There’s no point in expecting to come out of this one, not even after Bush is gone. This government mutated during the last six plus years, and it will need to spin down to nothingness, bottom out. Just like the junkies that are running it all.

    With the palette of candidates presented so far, we have black and blue to vote for. We’ll get TweedleDee and TweedleDum.

    I doubt that I’ll vote for any candidate again this year – just another pseudo-write-in. Or maybe not. The last time I voted, I got called for the charade of jury duty.


  3. Bill Robinson

    It amazes me that there was not a total uprising on CHB writers to voice, what Seal so succintly said, disgust and anger at the cave-in by the Democrats.
    Perhaps it is time to toss them all out of office and start fresh. I wonder who the three senators with balls were…