Thursday, 1 February 2007

Opposition to Bush continues... nonbinding of course

President Bush has two opposition problems: opposition in Iraq to the US military presence and opposition within the United States government (Congress) over his Iraq policy. [From first link:]

Democratic and Republican opponents of President Bush's troop-buildup plan joined forces last night behind the nonbinding resolution with the broadest bipartisan backing: a Republican measure from Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia.

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced the shift, hoping to unite a large majority of the Senate and thwart efforts by the White House and GOP leaders to derail any congressional resolution of disapproval of Bush's decision to increase U.S. troop levels in Iraq by 21,500.

Although the original Democratic language was popular within the party, it had little appeal among Republicans. Warner's proposal drew support from both sides, and it was retooled last night to maximize both Democratic and Republican votes.
About time! Then again, it is nonbinding... and the planned escalation of US troops in Iraq is not too far from occurring. I have a feeling we will soon be seeing even more news on the president's continuing defiance of the American legislature. Lovely constitutional federal republic of democracy, isn't it?

More news on senatorial defiance in this NYT article.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee began laying the constitutional groundwork today for an effort to block President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq and place new limits on the conduct of the war there, perhaps forcing a withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.

They were joined by Senator Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican who led the panel for the last two years, in asserting that Mr. Bush cannot simply ignore Congressional opposition to his plan to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq.

“I would respectfully suggest to the president that he is not the sole decider,” Mr. Specter said. “The decider is a joint and shared responsibility.”

Mr. Specter said he considered a clash over constitutional powers to be “imminent.” The Senate next week will take up competing proposals that would express disapproval of Mr. Bush’s plan.
Let's see how stirred the pot can get — and which branch of the government wins this tug-o-war (I have my money on the White House, sadly).

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