Thursday, November 22, 2007

Is It Thanksgiving Time Yet?

The recent decision by Democrats in the Senate to prevent President "Lie for me, Scottie" Bush from making any recess appointments during the Thanksgiving holiday break may signal a turning point in what until now has been a one-sided struggle. The Democrats have admitted to themselves that this president cannot be trusted. No gentleman's agreement can be secured with someone who lies, cheats and starts wars on orders from god.

Yet simply stopping a handful of absurdly unqualified hacks from receiving political jobs is not enough. Senate Democrats must win their showdown with Republicans in the struggle to pass the House version of Iraq War funding. The House bill provides $50 billion in interim funding for the Pentagon on the condition that a troop withdrawal plan be developed, among other sensible requirements. Senate Republicans, doing Dubya's bidding, have blocked a vote on the House bill. As usual, the Republicans are saying that the Democrats are abandoning the troops, cutting off funding, blah, blah, blah.

Even if the Democrats discover a spine and hold the line in this fight it is only a first step in the right direction. Obviously, this president should not be allowed to make any more "recess appointments," period. Even more important is the need for Congress to reassert its constitutional authority on both the military budget and the question of whether America should go to war in the first place.

Former Presidential recess appointee John Bolton discusses bombing Iran on Meet The Press.

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