"Breaking News":ABC flashes Bush claim that it's Congress --Tue Apr 3, 2007 12:27
"Breaking News": ABC flashes Bush claim that it's Congress -- not Bush veto -- that would stop troop funding
Following President Bush's April 3 press conference, ABCNews.com flashed a "Breaking News" alert on its website: "President Bush says if Congress fails to act on troop funding 'the price will be paid by our troops and their loved ones.' " ABCNews.com also featured an article bearing the headline: "Bush Says Democrats' Failure to Send Him Iraq Funding Bill Is 'Undercutting Troops.' " But missing from either headline was any indication that Congress is already "act[ing] on troop funding," having passed bills in both houses that fund the troops and that are expected to be reconciled in conference, with the final bill to be sent to the president for his signature. Bush, however, has promised to veto the troop funding bill if it includes provisions from either the House or Senate versions of timelines for the redeployment of troops from Iraq. He has stated explicitly, "I've made it clear for weeks that if either the House or Senate version of this bill comes to my desk, I will veto it."
Bush sees no swap for British sailors in Iran
Reuters AlertNet, UK - 1 hour ago
Asked about reports that Iraq was pushing for the United States to release the five Iranians in Baghdad in the hope of encouraging Iran to free the 15 ...
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Iowa - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said Democrats should not automatically accept defeat on the Iraq spending bill by assuming that President Bush will carry through with his veto threat.
Text of Bush News Conference Tuesday
Tuesday April 3, 2007 5:31 PM
UNDATED been counterproductive.
Q: Would the U.S. be willing to give up five Iranians held in Iraq if it would help persuade Iran to give up the 15 British sailors?
BUSH: I said the other day that, first of all, the seizure of the sailors is indefensible by the Iranians, and that I support the Blair government's attempts to solve this issue peacefully. So we're in close consultation with the British government.
I also strongly support the prime minister's declaration that there should be no quid pro quos when it comes to the hostages.
Q: Sir, your administration evaluated all 93 U.S. attorneys in part on the basis of loyalty; that was one of the criteria that was used.
What role should loyalty to you play in the evaluation of those charged with administering justice and enforcing the law?
BUSH: I - obviously when you name a U.S. attorney, you want somebody who can do the job. That's the most important criterion: somebody who's qualified, somebody who can get a job done.
The president names the U.S. attorneys, and the president has the right to remove U.S. attorneys.
And on this particular issue, the one you're referring to - I believe it's the current issue, of the U.S. - eight U.S. attorneys, they serve at my pleasure. They have served four-year terms. And we have every right to replace them.
BUSH: Let me finish, please.
I am genuinely concerned about their reputations now that this has become a Washington, D.C., focus. I'm sorry it's come to this.
On the other hand, there had been no credible evidence of any wrongdoing.
And that's what the American people have got to understand.
We had a right to remove them. We did remove them. And there have been - there will be more hearings to determine what I've just said: no credible evidence of wrongdoing.
Q: Mr. President, a lot of the disagreement...
BUSH: Wrong Bill.
Q: Which one, him?
BUSH: No, you. The cute looking one.
Q: Thanks so much.
A lot of the disagreement, sir, over the way you're handling Iraq - disagreement from the public and Congress - stems from the belief that things are not working despite the surge. The Iraqis have met, if any, of the benchmarks that were laid down for them so far. Senator McCain walked in the Baghdad marketplace with air cover and a company of troops. But people don't believe that this can work, and they question the continued sacrifice of U.S. troops to help make it work.
BUSH: Yeah. Bill, I'm very aware that there are a group of people that don't think we should be there in the first place.
There are some who don't believe that this strategy will work.
I've listened carefully to their complaints. Obviously, I listened to these concerns prior to deciding to reinforce. This is precisely the debate we had inside the White House: Can we succeed?
I know there are some who have basically said it is impossible to succeed. I strongly disagree with those people. I believe, not only can we succeed; I know we must succeed.
And so I decided to - at the recommendation of military commanders, decided to send reinforcements.
As opposed to leaving Baghdad and watching the country go up in flames, I chose a different route, which is to send more troops into Baghdad.
And General Petraeus, who is a reasoned, sober man, says there is some progress being made. And he cites, you know, murders and, in other words, there's some calm coming to the capital.
High court rejects challenge of detainees at Guantanamo
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