Friday, November 30, 2007

Dave Obey: A Danger to the Republic

In a way, Dave Obey's (D-Defeat) dogged determination to manage the Iraq war from his desk in the House of Representatives is a good thing...his constituents will see him for what he is: a craven, despicable, second-rate political animal.

Meantime, however, he may cause some damage.

President Bush warned Congress yesterday that the Pentagon will soon have to start laying off civilian employees and reducing operations at U.S. military bases unless lawmakers send him an emergency war funding bill that does not mandate troop withdrawals from Iraq.

Escalating a dispute with Democratic lawmakers over his request for $196 billion in supplemental funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Bush complained that a delay in providing the money is jeopardizing important military efforts.

"The missions of this department are essential to saving Americans' lives, and they are too important to be disrupted or delayed or put at risk," Bush said at the Pentagon after he received more than two hours of briefings. "Pentagon officials have warned Congress that the continued delay in funding our troops will soon begin to have a damaging impact on the operations of this department."

Congressional Democrats blame Bush for the delay because he refuses to accept a $50 billion funding bill that includes a requirement to begin pulling combat troops out of Iraq and changing the U.S. military mission there. The House passed the bill earlier this month, but Republicans blocked it in the Senate

Translate "House"-passed as Obey's language, folks.

What a maroon.


Anonymous said...

His constituents may see him as a craven political animal but, I bet they won't vote him out in the next election (unfortunately).

capper said...

Just because someone disagrees with your objective, that does not necessarily equate them to being a "maroon".