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News :: War and Militarism
A Hostage Situation: PAUL KRUGMAN - Iraq Funding +
23 Apr 2007
KRUGMAN: In response to a confrontation over financing for the Iraq surge, President Bush is threatening dire consequences for innocent bystanders.

THE COMPLETE ARTICLE AND MORE
OP-ED COLUMNIST
A Hostage Situation
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: April 23, 2007

There are two ways to describe the confrontation between Congress and the Bush administration over funding for the Iraq surge. You can pretend that it’s a normal political dispute. Or you can see it for what it really is: a hostage situation, in which a beleaguered President Bush, barricaded in the White House, is threatening dire consequences for innocent bystanders — the troops — if his demands aren’t met.

If this were a normal political dispute, Democrats in Congress would clearly hold the upper hand: by a huge margin, Americans say they want a timetable for withdrawal, and by a large margin they also say they trust Congress, not Mr. Bush, to do a better job handling the situation in Iraq.

But this isn’t a normal political dispute. Mr. Bush isn’t really trying to win the argument on the merits. He’s just betting that the people outside the barricade care more than he does about the fate of those innocent bystanders.

What’s at stake right now is the latest Iraq “supplemental.” Since the beginning, the administration has refused to put funding for the war in its regular budgets. Instead, it keeps saying, in effect: “Whoops! Whaddya know, we’re running out of money. Give us another $87 billion.”

At one level, this is like the behavior of an irresponsible adolescent who repeatedly runs through his allowance, each time calling his parents to tell them he’s broke and needs extra cash.

...

...Mr. Bush’s refusal to face up to the failure of his Iraq adventure, his apparent determination to spend the rest of his term in denial, has become a clear and present danger to national security.

--MORE--
http://mparent7777.blogspot.com/2007/04/hostage-situationpaul-krugman-ir

Labels: 'surge', Bush, Congress, defeat, Funds, GOP, Iraq, Iraq War Funds, New York Times, News, PAUL KRUGMAN, Politics, reality, war, White House



Is Mainstream Corporate Media subverting the AIPAC Spy Trial?
http://mparent7777.blogspot.com/2007/04/is-mainstream-corporate-media.ht



Cho Seung-hui and the Not So Secret School
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/1320



Iraq Is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac: FRANK RICH - Iraq, the Larger Sin
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2007/04/iraq-is-ultimate-aphrodisiac-f


Juba the Sniper Legend haunting troops in Iraq
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2007/04/juba-sniper-legend-haunting-tr



John Walker Lindh’s Buyer’s Remorse: ADAM LIPTAK
http://mparent7777.blogspot.com/2007/04/john-walker-lindhs-buyers-remors



And More
http://mparent7777.blogspot.com/
A Hostage Situation: PAUL KRUGMAN - Iraq Funding +
by PAUL KRUGMAN - THE NEW YORK TIMES
Monday Apr 23rd, 2007 5:50 AM
KRUGMAN: In response to a confrontation over financing for the Iraq surge, President Bush is threatening dire consequences for innocent bystanders.

THE COMPLETE ARTICLE AND MORE
OP-ED COLUMNIST
A Hostage Situation
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: April 23, 2007

There are two ways to describe the confrontation between Congress and the Bush administration over funding for the Iraq surge. You can pretend that it’s a normal political dispute. Or you can see it for what it really is: a hostage situation, in which a beleaguered President Bush, barricaded in the White House, is threatening dire consequences for innocent bystanders — the troops — if his demands aren’t met.

If this were a normal political dispute, Democrats in Congress would clearly hold the upper hand: by a huge margin, Americans say they want a timetable for withdrawal, and by a large margin they also say they trust Congress, not Mr. Bush, to do a better job handling the situation in Iraq.

But this isn’t a normal political dispute. Mr. Bush isn’t really trying to win the argument on the merits. He’s just betting that the people outside the barricade care more than he does about the fate of those innocent bystanders.

What’s at stake right now is the latest Iraq “supplemental.” Since the beginning, the administration has refused to put funding for the war in its regular budgets. Instead, it keeps saying, in effect: “Whoops! Whaddya know, we’re running out of money. Give us another $87 billion.”

At one level, this is like the behavior of an irresponsible adolescent who repeatedly runs through his allowance, each time calling his parents to tell them he’s broke and needs extra cash.

...

...Mr. Bush’s refusal to face up to the failure of his Iraq adventure, his apparent determination to spend the rest of his term in denial, has become a clear and present danger to national security.

--MORE--
http://mparent7777.blogspot.com/2007/04/hostage-situationpaul-krugman-ir

Labels: 'surge', Bush, Congress, defeat, Funds, GOP, Iraq, Iraq War Funds, New York Times, News, PAUL KRUGMAN, Politics, reality, war, White House



Is Mainstream Corporate Media subverting the AIPAC Spy Trial?
http://mparent7777.blogspot.com/2007/04/is-mainstream-corporate-media.ht



Cho Seung-hui and the Not So Secret School
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/1320



Iraq Is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac: FRANK RICH - Iraq, the Larger Sin
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2007/04/iraq-is-ultimate-aphrodisiac-f


Juba the Sniper Legend haunting troops in Iraq
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2007/04/juba-sniper-legend-haunting-tr



John Walker Lindh’s Buyer’s Remorse: ADAM LIPTAK
http://mparent7777.blogspot.com/2007/04/john-walker-lindhs-buyers-remors



And More
http://mparent7777.blogspot.com/
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/
http://mparent7777-3.blogspot.com/
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/blog/38

http://mparent7777-3.blogspot.com/
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/blog/38
See also:
http://mparent7777.blogspot.com/
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/

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