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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

What the...

From the totally ridiculous, "we will be greeted as liberators" department:
Congress has already paid for the victory parade
All that's left to do is win the wars

Even as the Bush administration urges Americans to stay the course in Iraq, Republicans in Congress have put down a quiet marker in the apparent hope that V-I Day might be only months away.

Tucked away in fine print in the military spending bill for this past year was a lump sum of $20 million to pay for a celebration in the nation's capital "for commemoration of success" in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Not surprisingly, the money was not spent.

Now congressional Republicans are saying, in effect, maybe next year. A paragraph written into spending legislation and approved by the Senate and House allows the $20 million to be rolled over into 2007.
We're not going to be successful - not because of any failing on the part of our brave men and women in uniform, but because the conservative agenda and right wing dominance of our government has been an utter disaster.

Quite simply, Republicans can't govern. They can hold power (and enjoy doing so) but they cannot govern. They are also misusing our military by keeping hundreds of thousands of our troops in Iraq as near-permanent security forces.

That Republicans are setting aside money for a victory celebration is laughable. It's the kind of behavior that's reminiscient of when Dick Cheney stated that "we will be greeted as liberators" or last year, when he said the insurgency was in its "last throes" (which Donald Rumsfeld later clarified could mean oh, I don't know, a dozen years!)

Instead of setting aside money for an illusionary grand celebration, how about ensuring our troops have adequate body armor? Or making certain that we keep our promises to our veterans and get them the benefits they deserve?

This Congress isn't going to do it, so it's time to elect a new one. A Democratic Congress that will hold this reckless administration accountable.

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