Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Monday, March 12, 2007
Israel Working the Refs
Guess who is the likely culprit in the Democrats abandoning legislation supported by 2/3's of the American voters?
WASHINGTON - Top House Democrats retreated Monday from an attempt to limit President Bush's authority for taking military action against Iran as the leadership concentrated on a looming confrontation with the White House over the Iraq war.

Officials said Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the leadership had decided to strip from a major military spending bill a requirement for Bush to gain approval from Congress before moving against Iran.

Conservative Democrats as well as lawmakers concerned about the possible impact on Israel had argued for the change in strategy.
That'sa'right. AIPAC has been busy busy busy lately. Between the chronic over-support of Israel in the middle east and protecting the corrupt Saudi family in Saudi Arabia, the military and the American taxpayer continue taking a big hit. Of course there's also those pesky SUV (in a news story today, a woman pumping gasoline into her SUV had the temerity to complain that it costs her over $60 to fill up .... Waaaaaa)

Pelosi obviously had to withdraw the legislation because of not having the votes. Here are a few names to remember:
The Iran-related proposal stemmed from a desire to make sure Bush did not launch an attack without going to Congress for approval, but drew opposition from numerous members of the rank and file in a series of closed-door sessions last week.

Rep. Shelley Berkley (news, bio, voting record), D-Nev., said in an interview there is widespread fear in Israel about Iran, which is believed to be seeking nuclear weapons and has expressed unremitting hostility about the Jewish state.

"It would take away perhaps the most important negotiating tool that the U.S. has when it comes to Iran," she said of the now-abandoned provision.

"I didn't think it was a very wise idea to take things off the table if you're trying to get people to modify their behavior and normalize it in a civilized way," said Rep. Gary Ackerman (news, bio, voting record) of New York.
There you have it. If you're an American voter, move along. Nothing to see here. Boltin' Joe is running our foreign policy, not you. How does it feel to be on the toad's wild-ride road with Bush and Boltin' Joe in the front seat?

You've gotta wonder how bad it has to get in Iraq before there are enough votes in Congress to actually do something? This is not a pretty moment for Democrats.
Blogger Lynne said...
You are still operating under the assumption that Republicans and Democrats are fundamentally different. They aren't. They are merely the left and right wings of the American Business Party. You and I have nothing to do with it.
All that talk of democracy is a myth to keep the populace in check.

Blogger GreyHair said...
I agree with you to an extent. But you've got to do politics with the party you have, not the party you want. So I engage via Democrats battling side by side with them while working for change.