Did you vote for that? I didn’t. It’s great that Pelosi said on national television that Bush won’t be receiving a blank check. But it’s another part of the interview that bothers me. From Crooks and Liars (italics mine):
PELOSI: I’m saying two things. We will always support the troops who are there. If the president wants to expand the mission, that’s a conversation he has to have with the Congress of the United States .
But that’s not a carte blanche, a blank check to him to do whatever he wishes there.
And I want to make a distinction here. Democrats do support increasing the size of the Army by 30,000, the Marines by 10,000 to make sure we’re able to protect the American people.
SCHIEFFER: Enlarging the services overall?
PELOSI: Overall, in order to protect the American people against any threats to our interests, wherever they may occur. That’s different, though, from adding troops to Iraq.
Do we really need to expand the military? If we weren’t bogged down in Operation Iraqi Clusterfuck, we wouldn’t need 30,000 additional troops. Also, what makes anyone think that if the military expands by 30,000 that those troops wouldn’t be deployed in Iraq, even if Congress explicitly prohibited an Iraqi deployment? That would involve a presidential signing statement vitiating the intent of the legislation.
That, of course, would never happen.
Intelligent Designer, I hope this is just an idiotic talking point. And I also hope the Democrats aren’t being too clever by half.
An aside: It’s also unclear where we would actually find 30,000