In a calculated snub of President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee dismissed plans for a troop buildup in Iraq on Wednesday as “not in the national interest” of the United States.
Emboldened by a successful first vote against President Bush’s Iraq war policy, Senate Democrats said Thursday they were wary of the administration’s anticipated $1.2 billion request for reconstruction there.
Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he wants assurances from the administration that the money would not fuel corruption or the insurgency in Iraq.
A key piece of Bush’s new strategy is increasing reconstruction efforts, with the U.S. pledging another $1.2 billion and the Iraqi government designating $10 billion. As part of the plan, Bush is dispatching 21,500 additional troops to Iraq to bolster security so reconstruction efforts are not stalled.
“I hope we will hear today some concrete details on why these funds will achieve better results than we’ve been able to achieve before,” Biden said.
Senator Biden, in all due respect is a MORON.
The Democrats are putting partisan politics above the welfare of their country.
Head in the Sand indeed……..
For the Republican in the Senate – TAKE THE PLEDGE.
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