House approves 2008 troop withdrawal from Iraq

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By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to impose a September 1, 2008, deadline for withdrawing all American combat troops from Iraq, prompting a quick veto promise from President George W. Bush.

In a mostly partisan 218-212 vote, House Democrats succeeded in attaching the deadline to legislation authorizing more than $124 billion in emergency funds, mostly for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this year.

The narrow margin of the vote was far short of what Democrats would need to override any presidential veto.

But the vote was a significant victory for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and her fellow Democrats who took control of Congress in last November's elections on a pledge to end the increasingly unpopular war in Iraq.

Bush, who as commander-in-chief does not want Democratic lawmakers meddling in his handling of the war, condemned the House vote.

"They set rigid restrictions that would require an army of lawyers to interpret. They set an arbitrary date for withdrawal with regard for conditions on the ground. And they tacked on billions in pet projects that have nothing to do with winning the war on terror," Bush said.

But most House Democrats, who are geared up to do battle with Bush in the final two years of his presidency, disagreed during a spirited debate on the House floor. Continued
http://www.reuters.com/article/topN...3?src=032307_1450_TOPSTORY_bush_promises_veto
 
#2
Domestic beltway politics getting in the way of competent foreign policy. What's new?

Didn't we see this for over 3 years in the Balkans? :x
 
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Ah yes, laden the bill with enough pork to feed all the muslims in the world twice daily for a year and call it success.

Will see if it makes it through the Senate, only to be vetoed by Bush
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Read the small print - it probably says withdraw from Iraq straight into Iran
 
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dingerr said:
Read the small print - it probably says withdraw from Iraq
was small print said:
straight into Iran
Nope the "small print" says WE HATE BUSH MORE THEN WE LOVE THE TROOPS! FCUK THE TROOPS AS LONG AS WE RETAIN THE MAJORITY.

'08 is round the corner will be interresting to see what transpires........
 
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The bill will not get through the Senate. If DoD runs out of money the American public wont be very pleased. The last time this happened was a show down between Clinton and Gingrich. The fury of the public spurred Congress into action on funding the government. The manuever backfired on Newt.
 

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