January 7, 2007


Pelosi Hints at Denying Bush Iraq Funds (HOPE YEN, January 7, 2007, AP)

Democrats now running Congress will not give President Bush a blank check to wage war in Iraq, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday, suggesting they could deny him the money should he call for additional troops.

Yet Pelosi's second-in-command and a Senate leader on foreign affairs questioned the wisdom and legality of using the power of the purse to thwart the White House as Bush prepared to announce his revised war strategy this week -- perhaps on Wednesday.

Republicans, now in the minority, said more troops were needed to get a handle on the spiraling violence in Iraq. They also cast doubt whether Democrats would -- or could -- block the president's plans. "Congress is incapable of micromanaging the tactics in the war," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Not that they have the stomach to do so, but if they did they'd only be making Iraq their responsibility.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2007 11:41 PM

It's good to see that Field Marshal Pelosi has decided to style herself as another Gingrich. Then again, it's becoming obvious that the dino-dems have learned nothing from their last twelve years other than how to shout and look angry and dust off the playbook they were using in '93.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 8, 2007 11:03 AM

Hillary & Bill must be furious at the Dem takeover. This is poorly played politics by Nancy. McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, is a vocal advocate for more troops. Thinking like a Clinton, if you think that this won't work, then you should be all for implementing it, as it would be a major hit to McCain in 2008. By fighting it (presuming that they can raise enough political stink to water down the "surge") you given McCain the ability to say "Should have listened to me" when things are still not perfect in Iraq in 2008.

Posted by: b at January 8, 2007 11:52 AM


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