Representative Murtha Raises the Ante
George W Bush is known for trying to blackmail his political opponents by telling them they must support him and his funding needs or they are betraying the troops. Those who have been criticizing him for years have complained that it was George W Bush who seemed to have a problem supporting the troops. First he sends them into a war of his choice, without the equipment they need, to be supported by crooks like Halliburton who can provide polluted water and other services on the cheap, without sufficient healthcare funding for after they are home, requiring them to serve long after they were promised, putting the bill for his expensive wars on the backs of their children and grandchildren (and ours) while his cronies accummulate more and more of the wealth of the country. And then he carries on about how the Congress must give him his emergency funding for his surge or they will be accused of not supporting the troops. Well, today, Representative John Murtha has promised to put together a bill that will require George W Bush to really support the troops with more than just empty words.
By mid-March, Murtha will unveil legislation that he says would set such stringent rules on combat deployments that Bush would have no choice but to begin bringing troops home.
His legislation would dictate how long troops can stay, the equipment they use and whether any money could be spent to expand military operations into Iran. Murtha says few units could meet the high standards he envisions, meaning Bush's plan to keep some 160,000 troops in Iraq for months on end would be thwarted.
Under his plan, he says, Democrats would be helping and not hurting troops by making sure they have what they need before being thrown into combat.
“This vote will be the most important vote in changing the direction of the war,” Murtha, D-Pa., told an anti-war group in an interview broadcast on the Internet Thursday.
“The president could veto it, but then he wouldn't have any money,” he later said.
Murtha's bill will end the stopgap procedures, end the extensions of deployments, and end the deployment of troops without sufficient training, equipment or time between deployments. Furthermore the bill will close Abu Ghraib, reduce the number of contractors that can be used, change the rules so the contractors who are used have to be more accountable to the American public, defund permanent bases in Iraq, etc. It addresses all those policies that Bush has fostered that has created such a mess in Iraq.
Okay, Bush, what's your next bid?