If you missed it (and honestly, I understand, after six years of lies and hackery, these radio addresses do nothing more than raise my blood pressure)
April 14, 2007

If you missed it (and honestly, I understand, after six years of lies and hackery, these radio addresses do nothing more than raise my blood pressure), Bush again employed the classic tactic of projecting everything he is doing on to the Democratic party in an effort to chastise them for his failures in order to play to those last remaining diehards of his base:

Supporting our troops is a solemn responsibility of all elected officials in Washington, D.C. So 68 days ago, I sent Congress an emergency war spending bill that would provide the vital funds needed for our troops on the front lines. But instead of approving this funding, Democrats in Congress have spent the past 68 days pushing legislation that would undercut our troops. They passed bills that would impose restrictions on our military commanders and set an arbitrary date for withdrawal from Iraq, giving our enemies the victory they desperately want.

The Democrats' bills also spend billions of dollars on domestic projects that have nothing to do with the war, such as funding for tours of the United States Capitol and for peanut storage. And after passing these unacceptable bills in the House and Senate, Democratic leaders then chose to leave town without sending any legislation to my desk.

The Senate came back to Washington earlier this week, but the House is still on its Easter recess. Meanwhile, our troops are waiting for the funds. And to cover the shortfall, our military may be forced to consider what Army General Pete Schoomaker has called "increasingly draconian measures."

Notwithstanding the fact that almost five years into his occupation, Bush is still calling for "emergency" supplementals to fund it (is that the kind of business training they give for MBAs at Harvard?), or the fact that the "draconian" measures (is it really supporting the troops to threaten them that way?) are already in play, Bush continues to conflate fully funding them with forcing him to not be able to play war games with people's lives endlessly. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't having it:

Democrats are continuing to fight to fully fund our troops and give them a strategy for success worthy of their sacrifices. President Bush continues to insist that we follow his same failed strategy that has drawn our troops further into an intractable civil war.
In the same week that we learned troops' tours will be extended, the White House admitted it can't manage the war and the Iraqi parliament was bombed in the most secure part of Iraq, all the President can offer the American people is a threat to veto funding for our troops and a stubborn refusal to change his failed policies.

Yeah, what he said.

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