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Friday, December 14, 2007


Lingering illusions in Democrats?

I doubt it, but just in case:
The Democratic-led Congress authorized more Iraq war spending on Friday, sending President George W. Bush a defense bill requiring no change in strategy after failing again to impose a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawals.

The defense policy bill, approved 90-3 by the U.S. Senate, also expanded the size of the U.S. Army and set conditions on the Bush administration's plan to build a missile defense system in Europe.

The measure already had passed the House of Representatives and now goes to Bush, who is expected to sign it into law. It authorizes Pentagon programs expected to cost $506.9 billion during fiscal 2008, which began in October.

The bill authorized another $189.4 billion for the Iraq and Afghan wars, for which Congress has already approved some $600 billion.
Just for the record, Here's the Senate vote and the House vote (which was 370-49).

Just what the world needs, by the way, a United States with a bigger Army. That couldn't be a stimulus to more invasions down the line, could it? Only a cynic (or an open-eyed realist) would think so.

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