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Bush & Cheney Battle Democrats Over War

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2007 5:18 am by HL

Bush Prods Congress on Iraq

WASHINGTON – Deadlocked with Congress over Iraq, President Bush begins the week with a message that some good might come from sitting down with his Democratic adversaries. His vice president’s view is more antagonistic: Democrats will ultimately cave.

Dick Cheney says he is “willing to bet” that Democratic lawmakers will back down and approve a war-spending bill that doesn’t call for U.S. troops to leave Iraq. Top Democratic leaders shot back that Cheney has lost all public credibility.

In an interview broadcast Sunday, Cheney predicted Congress will end up passing a “clean” bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without any troop withdrawal timetables. Democrats do not appear to have the votes to override a presidential veto.

“They will not leave the troops in the field without the resources they need,” Cheney said of the Democrats.

Asked what would happen if they don’t back down, Cheney said, “I’m willing to bet the other way — that, in fact, they will.”

“There may be some people who are so irresponsible that they wouldn’t support that,” Cheney said. But the majority will send Bush the bill he wants “once they’ve gone through the exercise and it’s clear the president will veto the provisions that they want in,” he said.

However, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s chairman said Congress won’t relent in winding down the war.

If Bush vetoes a bill calling for troop reductions, Democratic lawmakers would probably come back with a second try that requires the Iraqi government to meet performance benchmarks or face consequences, said Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting record), D-Mich. Iraq’s leadership is struggling to make the progress it has promised on political reconciliation, distribution of the country’s oil wealth and other vital goals.

“We are very, very serious about what the American people said in November,” Levin said, referring to the election that put Democrats in charge of Congress. “They want a change of course.”

Cheney’s blistering criticism of Democrats, the latest in a series of recent speeches and interviews, drew harsh words from Levin.

“He has misled the people consistently on Iraq,” Levin said. “He has misstated. He has exaggerated. And I don’t think he has any credibility left with the American people.”

3 Responses to “Bush & Cheney Battle Democrats Over War”

  1. axman Says:

    As much as I loathe the slimy undead ooze that is Cheney, he’s 100% right about this, the dems will cave. They haven’t stood up for 6 yrs. while seeing the country trashed, why should they start now? Repig/demon, it’s all just an elaborate dog n’ pony show with the corporations pulling the strings.

  2. Bill Says:

    Cheney is right the Demo’s will cave on this and they will try to say that they didn’t have any choice because they didn’t have the votes. They will play the same song and dance that they hve been playing since y’all voted them in. They told you before you voted them in that they wouldn’t do anything and you people still voted them into office. Now you have to deal with the lies that they were telling you that you din’t want to believe than.

  3. Buck Says:

    Freaking A Right they are going to cave. Democratic party heads need not remain forever dormant stuck up their own democratic party asses. They could shed the cut and run disorder if they wanted to. I think they will send Bush a clean bill that aint over run with twit sh*t like the first one. So this nation can resume the business of the GLOBAL WAR on TERROR! So folks it is not really a cave in if they vote for funding huhhhh?? It just might be the right thing to do!!

    Just dont cave to the terrorists!!!