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Democrats Not Backing Down on Iraq
AP via SFGate ^ | 5/4/7 | ANNE FLAHERTY

Posted on 05/04/2007 11:11:36 AM PDT by SmithL

WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Congressional Democrats have signaled they're not ready to back down in their confrontation with President Bush on Iraq, spurring Republicans to accuse them of causing political gridlock.

Bush and Congress have been discussing a possible compromise on a war spending bill needed to finance combat operations through September. The president demands the money without strings attached and so far has found strong Republican support. But Democrats say Bush eventually will have to accept some conditions on the U.S. commitment in Iraq because of the war's unpopularity among voters.

For the first time, Bush dispatched his top aides to Capitol Hill this week to sit down with Democratic leaders to discuss the war.

"It has taken almost four and a half years, but it appears the president finally is willing to consider what most Americans and members of Congress have long known: we must change course in Iraq and move toward a strategy that will make our country more secure," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a statement released Friday.

Negotiations are expected to continue early next week. Unclear is whether a compromise could be struck.

In a flash of defiance, House Democratic leaders on Thursday weighed a proposal that would guarantee the war money only through July. After that, Congress could block additional money from being spent if the Iraqi government does not meet certain political and security goals.

The proposal, not yet endorsed and outlined for only a few members, would be a direct challenge to the president and could prompt another presidential veto.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: asspressbias; cultureofcutandrun
A Dem victory is a US defeat.
1 posted on 05/04/2007 11:11:38 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
A WOT supporting 527 needs to be fully resourced and up and running stat (should have been up and running 2 years ago now....shameful to our warriors that it hasn't been). The powers that be / money players within the GOP should have been advised / pressured by now from the WH/RNC to create such an WOT supporting 527.

A creative, energetic and informative 527 ads could re energize the public will and turn sentiment in favor of staying on the offensive in a relatively short time period.

It is just a matter of taking a systematic and coherent WOT supporting 527 ad campaign to the American public.

Touting our successes (like what is developing in Anbar), touting why we must stay on the offensive and why we are in this fight to begin with....Along with showing the DEM leadership for who they really are and how they cannot be trusted with national security issues. They are simply non-serious when it comes to such issues....

Those in the base / grassroots would only ad to such a WOT supporting 527 coffers in short time frame once it was up and running....

2 posted on 05/04/2007 11:18:45 AM PDT by SevenMinusOne
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To: SmithL

The Dims are not backing down when it comes to running away.


3 posted on 05/04/2007 11:47:17 AM PDT by KingRonnie9
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To: SmithL

Dems not backing down on backing down.


4 posted on 05/04/2007 11:51:45 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: SmithL

“dems not backing down on iraq”

should read; “dems standing tall in defense of their al qaeda allies in the mideast. will use the same tactics as they did in defense of their north vietnamese and viet cong allies during the vietnam war”


5 posted on 05/04/2007 11:56:41 AM PDT by ripley
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To: SmithL
"In a flash of defiance, House Democratic leaders on Thursday weighed a proposal that would guarantee the war money only through July. After that, Congress could block additional money from being spent if the Iraqi government does not meet certain political and security goals."

That's like, so gay!


6 posted on 05/04/2007 11:59:48 AM PDT by avacado
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To: SmithL
The Rats will have to back down real soon. The President can shuffle money pretty easily for at least the next 5-6 months then at that time if the appropriations aren’t added to the ‘08 general budget all the President has to do is veto the budget thus shutting down “nonessential” programs then walk down to the treasury and get the money for the military and current military ops. Once the budget isn’t passed by Oct. 1 the government automatically kicks into “continuing resolution” mode which will keep only “essential” government functions running like Transportation and Defense. Clinton knows this because the last time it happened was in ‘95 and that’s why she’s trying to repeal the original authorization before the start of the fiscal year.
7 posted on 05/04/2007 12:05:40 PM PDT by tobyhill (only wimps believe in retreat in defeat)
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Democrats Not Backing Down on Iraq

Right! They are standing firm on their position to back down. /s

8 posted on 05/04/2007 12:17:46 PM PDT by HoustonTech (Fred Thompson: Winner of the first Republican debate without even showing up!)
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To: HoustonTech

Bwhahahahahaha!!!!

good one.


9 posted on 05/04/2007 1:00:41 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: SmithL

A US victory is a Dem defeat.


10 posted on 05/04/2007 4:50:23 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (I wish the world was a newt!)
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To: SmithL

Sell War Bonds now. If each of the 62 million people who voted for the President each bought $500 worth, that would be $31B right there. Some patriotic Democrats would also support the troops despite the President’s party affiliation. Lastly, some wealthy patriots would buy larger bonds. Perhaps, together, we could reach $70B.


11 posted on 05/04/2007 5:50:11 PM PDT by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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