President Bush to Congress: “I Am The Greatest”
By implementing his threat to veto legislation to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq on Tuesday, US President George W. Bush (who appears more and more like a knight in shining armour), has begun to brandish his sword at Congress (or for that matter whoever crosses his path).
It appears that he wouldn’t mind riding solo in his ‘War Against Congress’! At this rate, he may be taking on the world sooner than later!!!
The Associated Press reports about a historic showdown between President Bush and the US Congress over whether the unpopular and costly Iraq war should end or escalate.
“It was a day of high political drama, falling on the fourth anniversary of Bush’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ speech declaring that major combat operations had ended in Iraq.
‘In only the second veto of his presidency, Bush rejected legislation pushed by Democratic leaders that would require the first U.S. combat troops to be withdrawn by Oct. 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months later.
” ‘This is a prescription for chaos and confusion and we must not impose it on our troops,’ Bush said in a nationally broadcast statement from the White House. He said the bill would ‘mandate a rigid and artificial deadline’ for troop pullouts, and “it makes no sense to tell the enemy when you plan to start withdrawing.’
“Democrats accused Bush of ignoring Americans’ desire to stop the war, which has claimed the lives of more than 3,350 members of the military.
” ‘The president wants a blank check,’ said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., moments after Bush’s appearance. ‘The Congress is not going to give it to him.’ She said lawmakers would work with him to find common ground but added that there was ‘great distance’ between them on Iraq.
“The legislation amounted to a rare rebuke of a wartime president and an assertion by Democrats that Congress must play a major role in Iraq and the extent of U.S. involvement.”
One hopes that good sense prevails on Wednesday when Bush would meet with Congressional leaders â€” Democrats and Republicans alike â€” to discuss new legislation.
But the big question is: Will the knight in the shining armour dismount while talking to Congressional leader, or continue a monologue perched on his high horse?