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Saturday, November 17

Republicans Support the Troops As Long As They Fight

Democrats unable to bring troops home

WASHINGTON - Nearly a year after anti-war voters put them in power, congressional Democrats remain unable to pass legislation ordering troops home from Iraq. Frustrated by Republican roadblocks, Democrats now plan to sit on President Bush's $196 billion request for war spending until next year — pushing the Pentagon toward an accounting nightmare and deepening their conflict with the White House on the war.

"We're going to continue to do the right thing for the American people by having limited accountability for the president and not a blank check," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Senate Republicans on Friday blocked a $50 billion bill by Democrats that would have paid for several months of combat but also would have ordered troop withdrawals from Iraq to begin within 30 days. The measure, narrowly passed this week by the House, also would have set a goal of ending combat in December 2008.

The 53-45 vote was seven votes short of the 60 needed to advance. It came minutes after the Senate rejected a Republican proposal to pay for the Iraq war with no strings attached.

Now, Democratic leaders say they won't send President Bush a war spending bill this year. They calculate the military has enough money to run through mid-February. (continued)
So nyah. Read the rest to see all the backlash and how the Republicans will make sure that the troops suffer the most and blame it on the Democrats.

Speaking of our loved ones being sent off to kill or be killed in needless wars, Congress did a good thing this week (surprise) and approved the establishment of a memorial center to be built near the Vietnam Memorial Wall in DC. It will be comprised of mementos from
The National Resource Center, a 53,000-square-foot (4,900- square meter) building in Landover, Maryland, preserves almost every non-perishable memento left at the memorial's black granite walls since it was dedicated 25 years ago today. More than 100,000 pieces of memorabilia range from a picture of a woman's sonogram to a custom-built Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Now we ought to start building a memorial for the casualties of the Bush Wars.

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