So the House has at last passed a measure that sets a deadline for US troop withdrawal from Iraq, and Al Qaeda couldn't be happier. Finally, the enemy has what they've always wanted - a definite date when the Americans will vacate. They have their target. They know how long to hold out. In fact, they could just take the year off, build up their arms and manpower and prepare for their coup that will certainly happen the moment the US is out of the picture. I've never seen a move so undermining as what the House as done. Which brings up the question...how did Pelosi finally get the votes for this measure?
Well, here's the answer. The spending bill includes spending for the war, but also includes a whole lot more (other than the one year deadline). The Democrats, in an effort to boost support for the bill and "buy more votes" added approximately $20 Billion of domestic spending to the bill. Some would call this pork. Take a look.
- $25 Million for spinach farmers (appealing for Calif. representatives)
- $120 Million for the shrimp industry (very nice if you're from the Gulf area, esp. Florida)
- $74 Million for peanut storage
- $5 Million for shellfish, oyster and clam producers
- $20 + million for dairy farmers
Remember, this is a bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and somehow we're giving billions of dollars to spinach and peanut farmers, neither of whom are armed on the front lines of these wars. So either our troops should be expecting some fancy shrimp and cheese in their mess halls, or the Dems have just done something completely unethical...all the while accusing Bush and Gonzalez of being unethical for firing a few attorneys. This is bribery, which is common in Washington, but what makes this especially disgusting is that the bribery is meant to prematurely end the war in Iraq, regardless of how the military leaders feel about. The Generals and Colonels no longer have a say in how much longer this conflict will last. Instead, the brilliant military mind of Nancy Pelosi will make that call. Sounds great! I'm sure our troops feel better already.
It's interesting how the deadline falls right in the middle of Primary season, and just a few months before the '08 election. But I'm sure that's purely coincidental.......