Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Predicting The Future With The President

In case you don't ever look at a veto rationalization, you can witness more future predictions from GW.

Ask yourself this as you review this material, "Why should we believe a man's prediction of the future when we know he can't do it well even with "all available intelligence?"

Remember who told us there were WMDs in Iraq?
May 1, 2007


I am returning herewith without my approval H.R. 1591, the "U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007."

This legislation is objectionable because it would set an arbitrary date for beginning the withdrawal of American troops without regard to conditions on the ground; it would micromanage the commanders in the field by restricting their ability to direct the fight in Iraq; and it contains billions of dollars of spending and other provisions completely unrelated to the war.

Precipitous withdrawal from Iraq is not a plan to bring peace to the region or to make our people safer here at home. The mandated withdrawal in this bill could embolden our enemies -- and confirm their belief that America will not stand behind its commitments. It could lead to a safe haven in Iraq for terrorism that could be used to attack America and freedom-loving people around the world, and is likely to unleash chaos in Iraq that could spread across the region. Ultimately, a precipitous withdrawal could increase the probability that American troops would have to one day return to Iraq -- to confront an even more dangerous enemy.

The micromanagement in this legislation is unacceptable because it would create a series of requirements that do not provide the flexibility needed to conduct the war. It would constrict how and where our Armed Forces could engage the enemy and defend the national interest, and would provide confusing guidance on which of our enemies the military could engage. The result would be a marked advantage for our enemies and greater

danger for our troops, as well as an unprecedented interference with the judgments of those who are charged with commanding the military.

Beyond its direction of the operation of the war, the legislation is also unacceptable for including billions of dollars in spending and other provisions that are unrelated to the war, are not an emergency, or are not justified. The Congress should not use an emergency war supplemental to add billions in spending to avoid its own rules for budget discipline and the normal budget process. War supplemental funding bills should remain focused on the war and the needs of our men and women in uniform who are risking their lives to defend our freedoms and preserve our Nation's security.

Finally, this legislation is unconstitutional because it purports to direct the conduct of the operations of the war in a way that infringes upon the powers vested in the Presidency by the Constitution, including as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. For these reasons, I must veto this bill.



May 1, 2007.
That's a rather large "COULD" there Mr. President. "Could" is rather poor justification for action when people's lives are on the line, don't you think? Who's to say some one else's prediction isn't more or at least equally likely to occur? Frankly, I don't believe him. Do you?

Anon has it right:
Where would Bush be without terror?

Fear, Osama's best friend, brought to you fresh daily by your President, keeping them both in power.

Bush's inspired lie.

''We have taken the fight to the enemy where they live, so we don't have to face them where we live.''


Anonymous said...

Without Goliath there is no David

The President's self-serving prediction for disaster in Iraq, bolsters his argument for a continued US presence in Iraq. For Bush to be correct, were the US to leave the so-called country of Iraq, war must spread to the entire region, and terror must expand worldwide. The predicted Goliath is slain by Bush's David standing firm against US withdrawal. Bush stands firm against his own speculation.

''Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm -- but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.''
- T. S. Eliot
''The cocktail party'' play

That Bush's approval rating hovers around 30% only reinforces what he thinks.
The fewer the number who agree, the wiser he must be.

By John J. Ray (M.A.;Ph.D.)

''They need to show that they are in the small club of the virtuous and the wise so that they can nobly instruct and order about their less wise and less virtuous fellow-citizens. Their need is a pressing need for attention, for self-advertisement and self-promotion -- generally in the absence of any real claims in that direction.''

Anonymous said...

Time to revoke that war powers resolution, and--wonders of wonders--today we hear that Byrd and Clinton may attempt to do just that.