Saturday, March 03, 2007
Remember how the November election was a repudiation of the war in Iraq? Apparently, we just imagined it, as it looks more and more like rearranging the decks chairs on the Titanic.
U.S. House of Representatives Democrats will more than fully fund President George W. Bush's request for money to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this year, but are still debating conditions that could be attached, senior lawmakers said on Thursday.
"There will be $98 billion for the military part," about $5 billion above the Bush administration's request, said Rep. John Murtha, chairman of a defense spending panel overseeing war funds.
Murtha told reporters Democrats were still discussing provisions he wants to attach requiring that U.S. troops have proper training, adequate equipment and enough rest before being deployed into combat. "We don't have it yet. We keep going back and refining it," Murtha said.
Meanwhile, Senator Carl Levin wants to expand the war to Syria.