Negotiators from the House of Representatives and the Senate have finished hammering out a compromise agreement on the Supplemental War Spending Bill.
The legislation establishes benchmarks for the government of
If the benchmarks are not being met, troop withdrawals would start on 01 July of this year, with a goal of completing the draw-down in 180 days. If benchmarks are beign met, then withdrawal would start on 01 October, also with a goal of completing the draw-down in 180 days.
The current language must be ratified by both chambers of the congress and then it will go to the president for either a signature or a veto.
Bush "is the only person who fails to face this war's reality -- and that failure is devastating not just for
Bush has repeatedly vowed he will not sign any bill with benchmarks or timetables, and he repeated himself today on that assertion in brief comments to reporters followign a meeting with General Petraeus. "I will strongly reject an artificial timetable [for] withdrawal and/or
[Cross-posted from Watching Those We Chose]