The Runs of August

House Passes Military Funding Bill With 2008 Troop Pullout

Pelosi to Bush: “If we put 3.7 billion dollars of pork into a bill ostensibly intended to fund American troops who are in harm’s way, we can actually persuade a bare majority of United States Congressional Representatives to vote to endanger those troops by giving the enemy a date certain – co-incidentally, just before the next election – when we will abandon the field. We double blue-dog dare you to veto it.”

Save your ammo al-Qaeda, the House Democrats say it’s over in August ’08 no matter what happens in the meantime.

Even the Washington Post is disgusted:

…Altogether the House Democratic leadership has come up with more than $20 billion in new spending, much of it wasteful subsidies to agriculture or pork barrel projects aimed at individual members of Congress. At the tail of all of this logrolling and political bribery lies this stinger: Representatives who support the bill — for whatever reason — will be voting to require that all U.S. combat troops leave Iraq by August 2008, regardless of what happens during the next 17 months or whether U.S. commanders believe a pullout at that moment protects or endangers U.S. national security, not to mention the thousands of American trainers and Special Forces troops who would remain behind.

…The legislation pays more heed to a handful of peanut farmers than to the 24 million Iraqis who are living through a maelstrom initiated by the United States, the outcome of which could shape the future of the Middle East for decades.

…House Democrats are pressing a bill that has the endorsement of but excludes the judgment of the U.S. commanders who would have to execute the retreat the bill mandates. It would heap money on unneedy dairy farmers while provoking a constitutional fight with the White House that could block the funding to equip troops in the field. Democrats who want to force a withdrawal should vote against war appropriations. They should not seek to use pork to buy a majority for an unconditional retreat that the majority does not support.

There were 14 Democrats who voted against the bill, Dennis Kucinich among them, apparently because the retreat requirement wasn’t immediate. Welcome to MoveOn Nation.

A tally needs to be taken matching the pork with the voters, so that we will know exactly what it costs to suborn cavalier disregard for national security in a Congressman. In the case of spinach protection, we already know.