Following his promise to veto funding for the occupation of Iraq, President Bush sent the Iraq supplemental back to the Hill. While majorities of citizens and members of Congress increasingly feel that the continued presence of the United States makes no sense, the President expressed other concerns. After vetoing the bill, he explained “It makes no sense to tell the enemy when you plan to start withdrawing.”
Which, I suppose, is why we’ll never, ever leave.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi government, the one which the president insists will stand up so our soldiers can stand down, is taking a vacation. So long as they know we’ll stay there, taking bullets and bombs on their behalf, they seem only too happy to let our government take the heat for their failures, rather than shouldering the responsibility themselves. Setting benchmarks and staying only so long as the Iraqis hold up their end of the bargain seems like the only way to move forward, and it’s a shame that the President is holding our troops hostage rather than acknowledging that simple fact.
Here’s another simple set of facts to consider.
It works out to right around twenty wounded soldiers per day over the last few months, and apparently that rate is still rising.