Monday, April 30, 2007

Good Second-Guessing vs. Bad Second-Guessing

Bush will work with Democrats on Iraq - 30 Apr 2007 at 1:59pm - WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Monday he wants to work with Democrats on compromise legislation to fund the Iraq war even though he'll veto a funding bill that also sets a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal.
I wonder in what areas he's willing to compromise, since he's stated his firm opposition to timetables and benchmarks.

Bush said he opposed the bill sent to him by the Democratic-run Congress because it sets "artificial timetables for withdrawal," seeks to second guess commanders on the ground, and contains billions of dollars in wasteful spending not related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Of course, his own unswerving faith in the judgment of commanders on the ground in Iraq didn't prevent him from replacing those unsupportive of his desire to escalate the conflict with ones who were more willing to go along -- so it's less than clear why he considers Congress's "second-guessing" to be grounds for a veto, other than the fact that the Congressional second-guessing would end the conflict.

State Survey: Terror attacks up sharply - 30 Apr 2007 at 1:12pm - WASHINGTON -- Terrorist attacks worldwide shot up by 25 percent between 2005 and last year, killing 40 percent more people as extremists used increasingly lethal means to carry out high-casualty hits, the State Department says.
Fighting them in Iraq so we won't have to fight them here? Or so we'll have to fight 25% more of them everywhere?

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Khadr's case - 30 Apr 2007 at 12:06pm - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of Omar Khadr, the only Canadian imprisoned at the U.S. detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
US April Death Toll in Iraq Passes 100 - Forbes - 30 Apr 2007 at 12:41pm - Five US troops were killed over the weekend in Iraq, the military said Monday, pushing the death toll for April past 100 in the deadliest month for American forces this year.

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At 6:57 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Great points. It's hard to be apathetic in the face of these numbers... over 100 US troops dead in Iraq this month, in addition to countless others.

Video clip of this story I ran across today, in case you'd like to add it:


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