Daily Archives: April 16, 2007

Bush Acknowledges Congress’ Right To Weigh In on War

That’s the headline in today’s WaPo.

So this is what we’ve come to. It’s front-page news worthy of a headline in a major paper when Bush  admits the Congress is Constitutional and nobody seems to think that’s a tad…odd.

“The Congress is exercising its legitimate authority as it sees fit right now,” Bush said. “I just disagree with their decisions. I think setting an artificial timetable for withdrawal is a significant mistake. It sends mixed signals and bad signals to the region, and to the Iraqi citizens.”

The reason this is news is that the “White House” – no attribution as to exactly who sent these things out – has been saying the opposite for weeks.

These answers seem to fly in the face of White House statements that the House and Senate war-funding bills — which include dates for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq — are both misguided and unconstitutional. On March 19, the White House threatened to veto the House bill, which would require U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq by Aug. 31, 2008, and said it would “infringe on the President’s constitutional authority as Commander in Chief to manage the readiness and availability of the Armed Forces.”

The White House raised similar constitutional concerns about the Senate legislation, which sets a goal of withdrawing troops by March 31, 2008.

So the Emperor doesn’t even control his own WH’s public statements? Who does? Wouldn’t be the Dynamic Duo DC/KR, by any chance?