Media in Trouble: All the news thats UNfit to print!: Support the Troops!

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Support the Troops!

Well really its about not supporting torture while supporting the Pentagon's contractors, but you gotta love infighting amongst Repugs. Can I get a Blockquote:
One of the Senate's old bulls is locking horns with Majority Leader Bill Frist over a stalled defense bill, spotlighting how fractious debate over the wartime measure has become.

The challenge by Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner, R-Va., a 27-year Senate veteran, is unusual because Warner is known for quietly seeking consensus rather than waging public battles. It's also rare for a defense bill written during a war to run into problems in Congress.

No Shit! Democrats take heed!

Can I get a WHOOP WHOOP:
At issue is the annual bill that sets Pentagon policy and plans its spending. Although Warner's committee approved the bill in May, the full Senate might not end up voting on it. Unlike other authorization bills, the defense bill has been a for the last 40 years.


The stalemate began in July when Frist, R-Tenn., who shepherds President Bush's agenda through the Senate by deciding what bills get a vote, abruptly stopped debate on the bill. That avoided a high-profile fight over amendments, supported by Warner and sponsored by Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), R-Ariz., restricting the Pentagon's handling of detainees in the war on terror.

The White House had threatened to veto the entire measure over the issue and sent Vice President Dick Cheney to Capitol Hill to press the administration's opposition.

This is about all we need. President Bush with all this shit about supporting the troops and the Republicans always talking about how they are the military party and the Democrats can't shoot a trigger if they were paid to, and now their wonder boy leader shall veto the whole thing?!

This is baffling. The President of the United States (via surrogates Dick and Frist) is taking away congressional oversight of the Pentagon. Had we had Ulysses S. Grant in charge of the Pentagon doing a fine job maybe this would be warranted. Sadly, this is not the case. You have Donald Rumsfeld, leader of the failed War on IraqTerror, unsuportive of troops, and generally in charge of fucking up whatever wet dream ideas he had for Iraq. If there has ever been a time when a DC Department required congressional oversight, this is it.

President Bush, Dick Cheney, and Bill Frist. Wrong on defense! Deja vu.