Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Worst. President. Ever.

And one of the more arrogant and pompous buffoons on the planet, I'd wager. Bush just issued four signing statements on the 2008 Defense Authorizations Bill. Apparently, because he's the "commander guy", he can:
1) Block the creation of a commission to investigate contracting fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan explicitly outlined and created by in the bill.

2) Remove whistleblower protections related to contractor fraud explicitly outlined and created by the bill.

3) Ignore a the part of the bill requiring intelligence agencies to promptly provide Congress all requested documents. (The official position of the administration, in case you're wondering, is that certainly Congress can see the documents, but not while anyone in the administration is looking at them, and golly gee you just wouldn't believe how many people in the administration want to see these documents, so ... come back next year maybe? Apparently no one in the intelligence agency has heard of a xerox machine.)

4) Ignore the pretty plain and clear language that says he must come to Congress if he wants to construct permanent bases in Iraq for a long-term presence like the kind we have in South Korea.

Think about that last one for a minute. The constitution is very clear that while the president certainly has a role in foreign policy, any and all treaties and agreements with foreign nations MUST be approved by the Senate. You'd think it'd be pretty clear that an agreement with Iraq to have troops there for decades would have to be ratified by the Senate ... but you'd be wrong, because you see Bush isn't calling it a "treaty" or an "international agreement". It's a "Declaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendship".

I need a cocktail.

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