Saturday, April 28, 2007

George Bush's plan to run out the clock on Iraq

John Aravosis has a plan, he thinks is a clever counter to George Bush's veto threat:
Then here's what we do. After Bush vetoes the Iraq funding bill in the next week or two, Congress should pass a clean bill, giving Bush all the money he needs... until September.
No offense to John, but this is exactly the kind of nonsensical plan that's been getting too much attention by Democrats and bloggers alike.

George Bush doesn't care what you think of his war plan and he doesn't care if you think it's a success. He only cares that he gets his money, and he only cares that he isn't the one who has to make the hard decision to call an end to this fiasco.

Funding the war until September simply kicks this fight down the road another 4 months at which time George Bush will again declare that Democrats are "playing chicken with the troops" and demand more money to fund the latest in a series of bad plans.

And what will your brilliant political strategy be then? That 9 more Republican Senators will suddenly find the strength to tell him it's time to end it, and you'll be able to overturn the next inevitable veto?

Learn a lesson from the current AG scandal. This is their strategy for dealing with Congress.
"We should gum this to death," Sampson wrote to a White House aide on Dec. 19. "[A]sk the senators to give Tim a chance . . . then we can tell them we'll look for other candidates, ask them for recommendations, evaluate the recommendations, interview their candidates, and otherwise run out the clock. All of this should be done in 'good faith,' of course."
Here's my idea for dealing with the President. Stop using his catchphrases, stop playing his delaying game, and stick to your principles. George Bush needs this money to continue his war. So, let him veto the bill. When he comes back demanding money, Harry Reid should just hand the bill right back and say "here's your money, anytime you want it, just sign for it"

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