Don’t Be Fooled

As part of our Mission Accomplished Day celebration, I wanted to point a little something out. Now, on the four year anniversary of Bush’s claim that “major military operations” were over in Iraq, he just got done throwing down some fresh veto ink on only the second bill during the entirety of his presidency to receive such a dubious honor (note that the first bill was on stem cell research… YAY!).

As part of his new strategy to make the Democrats look like the bad guys who are trying to destroy America and leave our troops out in the cold, Bush is now implying that Democrats on the Hill are wasting time, and that their hesitation to act responsibly is at the troops’ expense.

During his address this evening, Bush said:

“The need to act is urgent. Without a war funding bill, the military has to take money from some other account or training program so the troops in combat have what they need. Without a war funding bill, the Armed Forces will have to consider cutting back on buying new equipment or repairing existing equipment. Without a war funding bill, we add to the uncertainty felt by our military families. Our troops and their families deserve better — and their elected leaders can do better.”

Further, this morning at the White House rose garden, Bush has pointed out that it has been 57 days since congress was asked for emergency funds, and it is…

“…irresponsible for the Democratic leadership in congress to delay for months on end while our troops in combat are waiting for the funds…”

Who’s kidding who?

Last year, it took the Republican led congress 119 days as opposed to 57 days to fund the troops.

The year prior, the GOP moved a little faster, at 86 days, but still not as quick as the Democrats.

Also, Bush points to, as one of the reasons he’s voting against the bill is because it is “loaded with pork.” Because, you know, the GOP would NEVER allow such a thing to happen on their watch…

Right… Or, maybe not only did the GOP take longer, but they loaded the bills up with “non emergency funding” as well.

Bush talks about how the “new strategy” is working, and yet April has been declared the deadliest month this year in Iraq.

And you just gotta love to hear this:

“Top military leaders, who had predicted that U.S. casualties would rise as U.S. forces moved from huge bases outside Baghdad to outposts in the city as part of a new plan to secure the capital, offered no comment on April’s death toll.”

In other words boys and girls, at this point, Bush is shootin’ blanks, and we need not be fooled.

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