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Gayle in MD
04-22-2007, 08:30 AM
Sen. Robert Byrd

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04.16.2007
Time for the White House to Stop the Nonsense and Work with Congress (114 comments )
READ MORE: White House, Iraq, George W. Bush, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress
This week, members of the House and Senate will meet to begin work on the final version of the emergency supplemental appropriations bill. The Senate's bipartisan version of this legislation provides $123.2 billion primarily for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for improving the health care for returning soldiers and veterans, for continued Hurricane Katrina recovery for the Gulf Coast, to fill major gaps in homeland security, and to provide emergency drought relief for farmers.


The American people have sent a clear message to Washington: it is time to start bringing our troops home from Iraq. Unfortunately, President Bush isn't listening. That's why the Congress has responded, crafting a new direction that will provide the Iraqi government with the necessary motivation to pursue real political reconciliation. The House and the Senate bills take different paths toward this goal, but each recognizes that the American people do not support an open-ended U.S. military occupation in Iraq.

In the days since the Senate approved its version of the supplemental, the White House has taken on the regular practice of demonizing the Congress and attacking the bipartisan bill. Once again, President Bush took to the bully pulpit today and repeated his hollow claims that the provisions in this legislation would somehow undercut our troops. This is nonsense. The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has determined that our military has $52 billion to cover expenses through the end of May.

The President also asserted that Congress is holding funding for the troops hostage for what he has called "pork barrel" spending. More nonsense. Facts matter and once again the President is out of touch with the facts. This is legislation that meets some of the most critical needs of our troops and our nation.

It is time for the White House to drop this trumped-up crisis talk and get down to the truth.

Let's take a look at what the House and Senate bills will actually do. We will provide our troops with body armor and specialized armored vehicles, which the Administration has failed to do. We will strengthen and improve health care for our troops and veterans, which the Administration has not done. And Congress will craft a responsible strategy for the Iraqis to take control of their own nation. Congress will insist on accountability and responsibility both from the Bush Administration and the Iraqi government.

These priorities, the White House claims, are extraneous and wasteful. I simply cannot understand why the President is so eager to send endless billions of taxpayer dollars to rebuild Baghdad, yet is unwilling to fund priorities here at home, such as rebuilding the Gulf Coast or providing first-class health care for our veterans and our troops returning home from war.

We will complete work on this legislation quickly and send it to the President before the end of the month. The President will have to decide whether to sign the bill into law or ignore the will of the American people by holding up this legislation with a veto. If the President chooses to work with Congress, we can reach a bipartisan solution that unites the country rather than divides it, while meeting the expectations and needs of the American people.

<font color="red">So, I take it that supporting our troops by giving them what they need, for the ones already there, who do not have it, and never have, is failing to support our troops.

I am so sick of this Bull**** White House rhetoric...the non partisan appropriations committee, has determined that there is enough moeny to fund the operations in Iraq until June. If refusing to support sending in more troops because you don't approve sending them in without proper equipment, then just WHOM is FOR the troops? I have never witnessed such colossal deciet flowing out of the White House, in my lifetime, and with no apologies for their lies, failures, and incompetence, and in fact, still telling the same old lies.
/ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif Here's a real good example of how Bush supports them....http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9710383
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Bobbyrx
04-24-2007, 02:26 PM
"I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side"
--Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1944

Gayle in MD
04-24-2007, 02:37 PM
LMAO, had to go back over sixty years, huh? That's pretty good.... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Now what the hell does that have to do with my post? nevermind! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Bobbyrx
04-24-2007, 02:55 PM
Oh, just considering the source...

hondo
04-26-2007, 11:13 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Gayle in MD:</font><hr> LMAO, had to go back over sixty years, huh? That's pretty good.... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Now what the hell does that have to do with my post? nevermind! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif <hr /></blockquote>

Gayle, there's some character on AZ called LWW.
Every time I make a good point about Bush, he digs up
70 year old comments about Byrd cause he knows I'm
from West Virginia.
These bushies are not only desparate; they're starting to
come across as sleazy as the criminals they worship in D.C.

Gayle in MD
04-26-2007, 11:41 AM
Absolutely! They have their own version of reality, but thankfully, most in this country are coming out of the Republican created fog over the facts.

I notice they never respond to the fact that General Abasaid interviewed every single Commander and General on the ground in Iraq, and said that to a man, they all said that a surge was a very bad idea. Bush axed them, and continues on in his obvious [ QUOTE ]
state of denial. <hr /></blockquote> with full support from the nutty 28%.

Every day, as more evidence of the corrupt and illegal Republican law breaking, and lies, emerges, the authoritarian loving right, becomes more militant. Any president who send troops into war without proper equipment, and re-deploys them into harms way, over and over again, without rest, proper training, and proper equipment, and then accuses Democrats of not funding the troops, for trying to insure, with extra funding in the bill for insuring such provisions, is really way out of line.

Senator Byrd has consistantly spoken out aainst this administration, and is a strict constructionist on consitutional law. He was smart enough not to vote for this war, for one thing, and we wouldn't still be in Iraq, had Bush known what the hell he was doing.

It really gets to be quite alarming realizing how many Americans on the right are completely out of touch with the reality on the ground, and the devastating results of this illegal occupation.

I hope Kucinich's attempt to impeach Cheney, takes on public support. Nothing could resotre more honor to our country, than a statement to the world, that when an administration lies about issues that could lead us down the path of lies that lead to war, we respond, and impeach the liars. We need to make a statement that we will not stand for such corruption and incompetence.

Bush has a lot of nerve, thumbing his nose at Americans, after such a display of complete incompetence, and lies.

It's beginning to look like Petraeus will follow the same route as Franks, and fail to acknowledge the truth about the circumstances on the ground. Michael Ware, think that's his name, the Iraq correspondant whose reporting has been so factual, has already revealed the dishonesty in the way the General is contending that there are any signs of progress.

Reid is absolutely right. We've lost, because there's no good way out. The violence will continue, regardless of how many Americans die over there. Those Sunni and Shiia will never lay down their weapons, and stop hating one another. The Government is corrupt, and cannot be trusted, and bush is hanging on with this escalation, in hopes of leaving the whole mess to the next president. It's disgusting. You can't launch a war against an ideology, in one small part of the world, when the core of that ideology exists all over the world, in cells, of terrorists, now more profusely distributed since the invasion. There is no wonder that those Generals, and our own NSE, all state the war is unwinnable, militarily.

Gayle in Md.