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BUSH'S TIME TABLE OF TIME TABLES

May 01, 2007
by: jovial_cynic
The Drudge Report is running it's lights today with the headline, "VETO," indicating that Bush has vetoed the pull-out legislation, which offered a specific timeline for troop withdrawal.

Breitbart's article:

President Bush vetoed legislation to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq Tuesday night in a historic showdown with Congress over whether the unpopular and costly war should end or escalate.

In only the second veto of his presidency, Bush rejected legislation that would require the first U.S. combat troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by Oct. 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months later.

He vetoed the bill immediately upon his return to the White House from a visit to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., the headquarters of U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, including Iraq.


This would be amusing if it wasn't so terrible. ThinkProgress dug up some history from 1999, when the then-governer demanded that such a timeline be presented to the American people by Clinton over Kosovo, stating that an exit strategy was necessary.

His words:

George W. Bush, 4/9/99, Houston Chronicle:
Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is.

George W. Bush, 6/5/99, Scripps Howard/Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

I think it's also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn.


Flippity, floppity. And down the memory hole it goes.

Two retired US generals that led troops in Iraq aren't too pleased by the veto.

The President vetoed our troops and the American people. His stubborn commitment to a failed strategy in Iraq is incomprehensible. He committed our great military to a failed strategy in violation of basic principles of war. His failure to mobilize the nation to defeat world wide Islamic extremism is tragic. We deserve more from our commander-in-chief and his administration.
--Maj. Gen. John Batiste, USA, Ret.

This administration and the previously Republican controlled legislature have been the most caustic agents against America's Armed Forces in memory. Less than a year ago, the Republicans imposed great hardship on the Army and Marine Corps by their failure to pass a necessary funding language. This time, the President of the United States is holding our Soldiers hostage to his ego. More than ever apparent, only the Army and the Marine Corps are at war - alone, without their President's support.
--Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, USA, Ret.
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