U.S. Democrats fish for Bush anti-war veto
The Democrats claim while one battle doesn't win a war the bill may come close to ending one.
They want to strangle the war in Iraq by cutting off money. The bill allows just fifty billion dollars for next year, even though President Bush demanded four times as much.
According to Harry Reid, US Senate Majority Leader (Democrat – Nevada), “we simply cannot buy victory in Iraq. This year has been the bloodiest year in the history of the war. More Americans killed in 2007 than any other year of this long, long war. In fact, every dollar we spend in Iraq comes at the expense of our critical needs here at home.”
This isn't the first time the Democrats have tried to end the war in Iraq since gaining the upper hand in Congress. The president has already vetoed a similar bill last May.
And ahead of this vote President Bush once again refused to budge.
“We don't need members of Congress telling our military commanders what to do. We need our military commanders telling us what to do so we can win the war against these extremists and radicals,” he stressed.
The bill should pass through the Democrat-led Senate, but is sure to stumble over the Presidential Veto.
Democrats are quite aware that this victory is more of a symbolic jab.
Yury Rogulev, Director of the Institute for U.S. Studies in Moscow believes “this is the principle of their politics. They show they will continue their pressure on the Republican government to settle up this issue, during the race, before the race as soon as possible.”