Congress today sent President Bush a $124 billion emergency war-funding bill that he has vowed to veto, setting up a confrontation over his Iraq war policy on the fourth anniversary of his so-called “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
The bill, a supplemental appropriation for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this year, was scheduled to arrive at the White House at 4 p.m. EDT, and a Bush spokesman said the president would promptly veto it, then make a statement at 6:10 p.m.
How about pre-live blogging? He’s going to say that politicians in Washington shouldn’t mircomanage the commanders in the ground, and that he wants Congress to hurry up and send him a “clean” bill to sign because the troops are already running out of toothpaste and shaving cream, and bullets aren’t expected to last much longer, either. And he’s sure that pretty soon he and the Democrats will be able to compromise because he’s so damn interested in what they have to say.
Now we don’t have to watch.
Update: Use the time you save by not watching Bush to read Dan Froomkin.
Update 2: Harry Reid is saying the Prez has to explain how he’s going to end the war. If the President thinks that by vetoing this bill he will stop us from changing the direction of the war in Iraq, he is mistaken. Nancy Pelosi says that the bill honored the will of the American people, and they had hoped the President would treat the bill with respect. Instead, President Bush vetoed the bill outright. The President wants a blank check; the Congress is not going to give it to him.