The House has voted to provide $162 billion for President
Bush to carry out U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through
the end of his term.
A supposed lame duck President is getting everything that he wants. He is getting money for a war deemed unpopular and wrong. But he's still getting it.
The bill would give Bush's successor several months to set Iraq policy after
taking office in January - and spares lawmakers the need to cast any more war
funding votes closer to Election Day.
Wouldn't the real story behind power in Congress be that a political party can get things done? Why do they need to wait for "closer to Election Day"? What does that have to do with anything, other than a Congress that is gutless and doesn't want to go against the grain?
If they are worried about pulling all the funding, a la Vietnam, why don't they demand a strategy before approving the funding? Or is there a secret one which the public is not made aware?
If the party in charge really wanted to get something done, while they are in power and against a lame duck President, why don't they do it now? And why doesn't Senator Barack Obama say something now, start leading and keeping his promise now?
It's because nothing will change. This is the clear indicator. Because how will Obama change anything with a weak House?
There are more questions than statements here. That's how confusing all this is. As a voter, I just don't understand how the Democratic Party can be against the War in Iraq and then pass all the funding in the world to President Bush.
That is one thing about President Bush that will be written in the history books: no matter what his approval rating, 29% on a poll I saw today on MSNBC news, he has continued to stay his path and do what he thinks necessary. And I believe history will judge him on that in the future. It may take 20 years, but history will see President Bush in a decent light.