To me, this is just one example of how the democrats and republicans manage to pull the wool over our eyes. Look at the huge difference they claim in the results of their positions and then look at the nonexistant difference in the actual results. Have you ever watched an mental illusionist who manages to know what card you will pick out of a deck of 52 cards? The reality is that you are led to pick the exact card the illusionist determines you should pick. Subtle manipulation that gives you the illusion of choice but the actuality of zero freedom….open your eyes and pay attention.
Congress has until mid-February before the Army will cease base operations and until March before the Marines takes similar steps, according to the Pentagon.
Because of the uncertainty, the Pentagon this month will send layoff notices to an unspecified number of civilian employees whose union agreements require 60 days advance notice; the layoffs would be effective next February and could apply to as many as 100,000 civilian employees and 100,000 civilian contractors.
The military is unlikely to stop working to protect troops against roadside bombs until the military is out of money entirely. The Pentagon would freeze less urgent programs before stalling the research effort.
And none of the doomsday scenarios will happen if Congress returns in January to pass another spending bill, or if Bush backs down and accepts the Democratic proposal to set a 2008 goal for troop withdrawals. While Democrats have not promised that they will pass another spending bill next year, they have not ruled it out either.
Also important to note is that the Democratic proposal would have little to no practical effect.
The measure orders that troops start coming home in 30 days — a requirement that Bush is already on track to meet as he begins reversing this year’s troop buildup in Iraq. And the 2008 goal to have most troops home is a nonbinding goal, which means Bush could ignore it.
So it would not tie the hands of military commanders, as Bush suggests, nor would it force a change in strategy, as Democrats say.