President "Support the Troops" Bush has today cut off funding for U.S. defense and homeland security, betraying the trust of U.S. troops fighting his war of choice in Iraq and the American people he swore an oath to defend.
Today, Bush denied:
• $20,594,672,000 in funding for the U.S. Army and reserves
• $7,891,201,000 in funding for the U.S. Air Force and reserves
• $5,974,169,000 in funding for the U.S. Navy and reserves
• $2,648,081,000 in funding for the U.S. Marine Corps and reserves
• $82,462,000 in funding for the U.S. Air National Guard
• $628,855,000 in funding for the U.S. Army National Guard
• $2,714,487,000 in other defense operational and maintenance funding
• $5,906,400,000 in funding for the Afghanistan Security Forces
• $2,432,800,000 in funding for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund
• $2,000,000,000 in funding for repair and replacement of homeland National Guard equipment
• $71,726,000 in intelligence funding
• $115,000,000 in funding for container and supply chain security
• $970,000,000 in funding for air travel security, including checked baggage explosive detection systems
• $8,000,000 in funding for Federal Air Marshals
• $190,000,000 in funding for port security
• $325,000,000 for passenger rail security
• $3,251,853,000 in funding for veteran's health care, including treatment of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury
• $466,778,000 in funding for VA trauma centers, prosthetics, rehabilitation for the blind, and mental health treatment
• $595,000,000 in funding for upgrading VA hospitals and medical centers
• $32,500,000 in funding for prosthetic research for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans
Those are the facts. President Bush does not support the troops, and wishes to leave them in Iraq indefinitely -- extension of tour after extension of tour, stop loss order after stop loss order -- without adequate protection, equipment, supplies, or medical care.
Rejecting demands for accountability, Bush also said today that the bill "substitutes opinions of politicians for the judgment of military commanders."
Actually, the bill finally imposes the judgment and will of the American people by way of Congress on the Bush administration and the fatally flawed opinions of his military commanders, who have been wrong time after time after time (or who have simply been telling Bush what he wanted to hear instead of the truth which everyone else has figured out by now).
And in case Bush, Dick Cheney, and Fox News have not read the Constitution, here's a news flash: Only Congress can declare war, not Bush or his military commanders. Bush's job is to prosecute the war to advance the mission objectives set out by Congress and the American people. Mission accomplished. Time to bring our troops home.
We are long past the military phase of the Iraq invasion, just as Bush told us four years ago today. Military commanders cannot effect a political solution in Iraq. That's the job of Bush and Condi Rice. They need to quit complaining, get busy and do their job, and stop blaming their failures on the military and Democrats.
This is a good day for America. Congressional Democrats have exposed Bush and his neocon corporate crony pals for what they are -- losers who put their own selfish interests before the interests of America and our soldiers.
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