War Spending Bill Vetoed

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Four years ago today, President Bush declared "Mission Accomplished" in regards to combat in Iraq. As we all know now, US occupation of the country was far from over.

"Mission Impossible" might be a more accurate term tonight, as the president shuts down a so-called war funding bill, and sends politicians on both sides back to the drawing table.

The bill would have given much needed funds to us military operations abroad and at home, but also would have set a time line for us withdrawal from Iraq.

In an address to the country today, Bush said, “It makes no sense to tell the enemy when you plan to start with drawing. Setting a deadline for with drawl would be setting a date for failure, and that’s irresponsible.”

The president also thought it irresponsible to sign the bill into law, and made the executive decision to veto it.

Michiana residents opposed to the war say they're disappointed with the president's action.
But some, like Wes Liggett who's served three tours in Iraq, are not surprised.

“We were pretty much gun-hoe in the beginning and after we went over there time and time again, we realized that we weren't making progress we were actually making things worse,” Liggett said of his time in the war torn country.

He says he's against the war, and impending troop surge; and most of the country agrees. According to a recent poll, 71 percent of Americans say they're against war in Iraq.

“When president bush is vetoing this legislation, he’s vetoing the will of the American people, and that’s the wrong approach,” Kathy Ligget, a war opponent says.

And even though the president's veto kills the possibility for a time line for withdrawal, protesters say, they're hoping for some kind of compromise.

“We hope that he will step up join with congress to get a plan together support our troops and bring them home safely and responsibly,” Kathy Liggett says.

Democrats on Capitol Hill say they'll try and push past the president’s veto, but will most likely fall sort of the 2/3rds vote they'd need in both houses to override.

Meantime, bush says tomorrow he’ll meet with members of congress to try and reach an agreement for troop funding.


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