Four years after boastfully declaring that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, President Bush is set to veto a $124 billion Supplemental Appropriations bill that would bring American soldiers home. This press release includes retired Generals comparing the Iraq conflict to Vietnam and Afghanistan and an updated analysis of war casualties, costs, terrorism levels, and troop levels.
The vote on the Fiscal 2007 Supplemental Appropriations Conference Report will be difficult for those who would like to see an early end to the war. A number of Representatives voted for the bill the first time with substantial misgivings. Now the House language on Iraq has been weakened to accommodate the very narrow majority in the Senate.
Lieutenant General Robert Gard (USA, Ret.), Senior Military Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and Brigadier General John Johns (USA, Ret.), Board Member at Council for a Livable World, appeared at a press conference today with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to speak out against the Iraq War.
Council for a Livable World today accused President Bush of â€œscare mongeringâ€� when he claimed that Democrats are hurting the troops by placing restrictions on the Presidentâ€™s Iraq policy.
Council for a Livable World today applauded the Senate for passing an Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill that sets a goal of March 2008 for withdrawing most American soldiers from Iraq. The Supplemental was approved 51-47 with Sens. Hagel (NE) and Smith (OR) the only Republicans voting in favor.