Democrats Pass Their Surrender Bill From House to Senate
The House on Wednesday narrowly approved a $124 billion war spending bill that would require American troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq by Oct. 1, setting the stage for the first veto fight between President Bush and majority Democrats.
Only hours after Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander in Iraq, told lawmakers he needed more time to gauge the effectiveness of a troop buildup there, the House voted 218 to 208 to pass a measure that sought the removal of most combat forces by next spring. Mr. Bush has said unequivocally and repeatedly that he will veto it.
“Last fall, the American people voted for a new direction in Iraq,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California. “They made it clear that our troops must be given all they need to do their jobs, but that our troops must be brought home responsibly, safely, and soon.”
Republicans accused Democrats of establishing a “date certain” for America’s defeat in Iraq and capitulating to terrorism.
The US lost more than twice as many soldiers during the Clinton years than the country has lost in Iraq.
But, that wasn’t an issue back then for the media or democrats when America was not at war.