The Power of Diplomacy: Bush Blackmails Congress for War Funds

Remember when Bush asked Congress for an additional $196 billion to spend on the war and Congress instead offered him a $50 billion proposal with a timetable for troop withdrawal? Good times. Now Bush is trying blackmail.

The Bush administration pressed Democrats in Congress on Tuesday to provide billions in new funding for the war in Iraq or risk the jobs and well-being of military families.

The threats ranged from furloughing tens of thousands of civilian workers to closing child care centers and counseling services at Army bases. “I can’t imagine that they would not want to fund these troops before they go home for Christmas,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

Democrats were unmoved. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, said the administration was “scaring the families of the troops” by threatening cost-cutting measures that would not be needed until February or March.

Guilting Congress has worked before, but the Democrats may be too stubborn this time around. However, I’d much rather that both parties try to compromise instead of 1up each other. I love it when our government plays chicken with the lives of others.

White House warns of cuts without war funds – [USA Today]


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