President Bush has hit a new low — and I’m not talking about his 28% approval ratings.
Today, he ignored the majority of Americans and he defied the majority of Congress. And what’s worst, he told our brave men and women in uniform that they will be the ones to pay the price.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a Democratic president wouldn’t veto that bill. We put forward a thoughtful plan and the President rejected it.
Only a Democratic victory in 2008 will ensure that this war comes to a responsible end. To ensure a Democratic victory, we have to build our election operation now — we just can’t afford to wait until there’s a nominee. Make a contribution and help take back the White House today:
Here’s what Secretary of Defense Robert Gates had to say about the Democratic plan to start bringing our troops home:
“The debate in Congress…has been helpful in demonstrating to the Iraqis that American patience is limited. The strong feelings expressed in the Congress about the timetable has had a positive impact…in terms of communicating to the Iraqis that this is not an open-ended commitment.”
But President Bush’s veto sends the opposite message. It refuses to allow the Iraqi people to stand up for their own country. It blatantly disregards the need for a political solution. Worst of all, it puts the lives of our troops right in the middle of it.
That’s not a road to victory. It’s a road to nowhere.
The Democratic Party is working overtime to stop this madness. We’re doing all we can to change course in Iraq and to elect leaders who are accountable to the American people.
Can you help support the Democratic Party’s 2008 election operation? The stakes are so high, we can’t afford to wait.
When President Bush rejects a troop withdrawal plan supported by nearly two-thirds of the country, he’s not working for the American people — he’s working for himself.
The wave of support to end this war won’t stop. The Democratic Party is ramping up the pressure on President Bush every day, and we’re working hard to make sure that none of his Republican allies will continue his legacy.
This country has suffered through President Bush’s failed policies for long enough. Help us put an end to this terrible chapter in American history:
One veto isn’t enough to stop us. The Democratic Party brought change in 2006, and with your help we’ll do it again in 2008.
Governor Howard Dean, M.D.