Bush is dealt a defeat on Iraq bill

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  • Mel
    May 22, 2008 2:34 p.m.

    Bush is a typical Republican. When things get tight, they take from the poor. When it comes down to it, they only pay lip service to supporting troops who fight their wars for profit. The only reasons congressional republicans went against Bush on this vote are because he's so unpopular, and an election is coming up. It isn't because they're "compassionate conservatives".

  • Anonymous
    May 22, 2008 2:22 p.m.

    *** "That President Bush is set against increasing pension benefits and college funding for veterans." ***

    Because the way the want to increase these benefits would encourage more servicemen to leave now, while we're still at war. Bush knows he can't replace them with more volunteers, so he needs to keep the folks he's got.

    I'm pretty conservative, but you can't have a war staffed by decreasingly few Americans. If Americans aren't willing to draft to fight the war and aren't willing to offer new recruits the financial incentives they need to join, then we shouldn't be fighting.

    Remaking Iraq was always a joke. If Iraqis wanted democracy so badly don't you think they would've had it at some point in their 6,000 year history? It's one of the oldest civilizations in the world, after all.

  • Ing
    May 22, 2008 1:49 p.m.

    Two things about this I find interesting:

    1. That so much non-military spending got attached to a military funding bill that is supposed to be for the war in Iraq. This is how billions of dollars get wasted by government. Some of those things need funding, no doubt, but maybe they should be funded on their own merits, in a different way.

    2. That President Bush is set against increasing pension benefits and college funding for veterans. I don't see anti-war activists arguing against supporting the troops who come home. This is appalling. The least he could do is support the people who are risking their lives to carry out the war that he got us into.

  • Anonymous
    May 22, 2008 1:17 p.m.

    The article doesn't even mention the attempt by the senate to give amnesty to 3 million illegal aliens and increase legal immigration by over 100,000 people annually. One of those provisions is still in there.

  • Anonymous
    May 22, 2008 12:54 p.m.

    Isn't pathetic that no matter what, our poor Republican Utah brothers and sisters simply cannot connect the dots?

  • Bush mandate
    May 22, 2008 12:46 p.m.

    Inch by inch, the boat keeps sinking as the rats abandon the ship.

  • Anonymous
    May 22, 2008 12:36 p.m.

    More evidence that America is waking up.