Its finally happened. The Democrats stuck to their guns and sent President Bush a spending bill which included a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. And, as he promised to do, Bush vetoed the bill. Now comes the tricky part: working out a compromise that will be accepted. While Congress doesn’t seem to have the two-thirds majority necessary to override the President’s veto, I hope they take a strong stand and force the administration to accept a true compromise, rather than a capitulation.
Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve heard Bush repeat again and again (just one example here) that he would not accept a spending bill which included “artificial timetables” for withdrawing the troops. Personally, I don’t understand. What better than artificial timetables for a war undertaken for artificial justifications?
Infamous as President Bush is for his verbal blunders, I wonder if this isn’t one of his malapropisms. I wouldn’t be surprised if what he means is “arbitrary timelines.” It seems to fit. And if so, the idea of arbitrary timelines seems rather appropriate for a war arbitrarily undertaken.