Monday, December 19, 2005

Bush, no timetable. Mitchell, set up celebration...

From Wonkette via Raw :

Republican Senator sends an Evite to Terrorists

The administration has been resolute in their insistence that there would be no timetable for withdrawal in Iraq. We guess the idea is that the sudden, unexplained disappearance of American troops from Iraq will so gobsmack the terrorists that they'll be too busy, you know...having their minds BLOWN to create an insurgent surge. Still, remember when the President said this morning that it's the stupid pre-911 tradition of "an open debate on the law" that aids and comforts the enemy? Well, Eleanor Stables at CQ Daily has ferreted out the latest terrorist sympathizer among us.

While debate continues on when U.S. troops should be withdrawn from Iraq, Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell is planning for a victory celebration - sooner rather than later, it seems.
The Kentucky Republican is the sponsor of an amendment to the 2006 defense authorization bill (HR 1815) that would authorize up to $20 million - minus private contributions - to commemorate the success of U.S. armed forces in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The money would help pay for celebrations honoring the return of military personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan “with appropriate ceremonies, activities and awards commemorating their sacrifice and service to the United States and the cause of freedom in the Global War on Terrorism.” Most of the funding would be used by the Pentagon to cover the costs of military personnel participating in events held in Washington. The amendment, which was adopted by unanimous consent, would also allow the president to designate a special day for the observances.

So it looks like someone knows something about when the troops will be coming, Mitch? Because while the Joint Chiefs may do fine without a timetable, most good caterers can't.



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