House Democrat: Pentagon IS Running out of Iraq Money
2:09 PM, Nov 19, 2007 • By BRIAN FAUGHNAN
I've written about the effort by Congressional Democrats to unobtrusively ensure that the military effort in Iraq receives the funding it needs, so that they can continue to flout their defiance of the president when it comes to the Iraq appropriations legislation. Now Democrats are crying foul, because they believe that they gave the Pentagon plenty of flexibility to shift money between defense accounts to fund the Iraq war, but the Department of Defense disagrees.
Who's right? The Democrats who are trying to have their cake and eat it too, or DoD (which can't be expected to make things easy on the antiwar liberals running Congress)?
According to Congressman Joe Sestak (D-PA), it's the Pentagon:
Sestak is neither 'soft on Iraq,' nor easily fooled. The former three-star admiral campaigned in 2006 on an agenda of getting all U.S. troops out of Iraq this year--a more aggressive position than most Democrats advocated at the time. He served as President Clinton's director for Defense Policy at the National Security Council. His voting record clearly shows his support for withdrawing from Iraq on a timetable.
As the highest-ranking former military officer ever to serve in the House, Sestak's opinion must be taken seriously--particularly in a case like this one, where it goes against his own policy goals and the political interest of his party.