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    http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/10/....ap/index.html

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The military's top generals have warned Iraq is on the cusp of a civil war and that U.S. troops must remain in large numbers until at least next spring. But if the winds suddenly blow a different direction, Congress is ready to celebrate with a $20 million victory party.
    Lawmakers included language in this year's defense spending bill, approved last week, allowing them to spend the money. The money for "commemoration of success" in Iraq and Afghanistan was originally tucked into last year's defense measure, but went unspent amid an uptick in violence in both countries that forced the Pentagon to extend tours of duty for thousands of troops.
    Republicans have yet to claim responsibility for the provision. Democrats say it was likely added by the Senate's majority Republicans, and less than five weeks from congressional elections are pointing to it as another example of where the GOP has gone astray handling the war in Iraq.
    "If the Bush administration is planning victory celebrations, Americans deserve to know what their plan is to get us to a victory in Iraq," said Rebecca Kirszner, spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.
    Carolyn Weyforth, spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, said, "Republicans are confident we will be victorious in the ongoing war in terror, and we look forward to a time when those funds can be used to honor the men and women who have risked and given their lives."
    Under the language, the president could "designate a day of celebration" to honor troops serving in the two wars. The president also could call on the nation "to observe that day with appropriate ceremonies and activities" and issue awards to troops who have served honorably.
    The Pentagon could spend up to $20 million of its $532 billion budget in 2007 for the commemoration, minus any private contributions it might receive for such an event.(Watch CNN special Rumsfeld's Challenge in Iraq -- 3:30)
    The money will be available for the 2007 budget year, which began October 1.
    Some 140,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, with a drawdown not expected until at least early next year.(Watch retired U.S. Army general criticize troop levels in Iraq -- 8:13)
    About 20,000 more are in Afghanistan. Last year, Bush administration and Pentagon officials had hoped thousands of troops could be brought home before the November 7 elections.
    Proclaiming victory in the Iraq war has already proven to be tricky business.
    President Bush was slammed by critics for delivering his "Mission Accomplished" speech in May 2003 aboard an aircraft carrier. While troops had successfully stormed Iraq and toppled Saddam Hussein's regime in Baghdad, the fight over control in the nation against a violent insurgency had just begun.
    Vice President Dick Cheney also was ridiculed for suggesting last year that the insurgency was in its "final throes."
    Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • #2
    It's good to be prepared for any situation, even the unlikely.
    Damn these electric sex pants!

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    • #3
      Well,they poorly planned the war and occupation....so they have to get one thing right.
      "There is an old saying that goes 'no matter how good you are, there is always someone better.' That someone is me." - Chiun

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dredbyrd
        It's good to be prepared for any situation, even the unlikely.
        Exactly. I don't see how the libs can spin this. $20 million is a small price to pay to toast the end of The War on Terror.
        "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
        --Albert Einstein

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        • #5
          Originally posted by kennyboyerfan
          Exactly. I don't see how the libs can spin this. $20 million is a small price to pay to toast the end of The War on Terror.
          Tell that to the parents of any soldier killed due to inadequate body armour.

          $20 million wouldn't have saved them all, but it would've made a difference.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kennyboyerfan
            Exactly. I don't see how the libs can spin this. $20 million is a small price to pay to toast the end of The War on Terror.
            That's one big fucking bottle of Champaign....

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jack Daniels
              Tell that to the parents of any soldier killed due to inadequate body armour.

              $20 million wouldn't have saved them all, but it would've made a difference.
              My Warren County decoder ring says it was sarcasm.

              But who knows, the sob may show up after I'm asleep and fire off something worse...and mean it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jack Daniels
                Tell that to the parents of any soldier killed due to inadequate body armour.

                $20 million wouldn't have saved them all, but it would've made a difference.
                Turn on your sarcasm detector...

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                • #9
                  I saw a viewer comment on one station that told them to go ahead and do it, throw it into a simple savings account and by the time the war is over there will be enough there to bail out Social Security.

                  Double zing.
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