Remember back to February of this year, and the "slow bleed" headlines dominating our news? It was the Congressional back door to defeat while escaping public criticism. That would be to slowly bleed the troops and insure defeat by not getting the military appropriations bill out in a timely fashion.
Murtha was threatening attaching conditions, the Dems all the while running around from news hound to news hound, assuring us that the military was in no danger of running out of funds.
Then... the story dropped off the face of the front pages. Summer went by... no bill. Fall.. no bill. Congress did not fund the troops until just this past week. And the supposed media watchdogs remained silent throughout, never once prodding the Dem majority Congress on their inaction on behalf of our military and their safety.
And of course, the Dems have been crying hard and loud about Republican obstructionism of late... however this can not be said INRE a funding bill for the troops. Dem leadership knew they could not load up the funds with their strategic, myopic demands without a veto. So their delays were of their own doing.
This past week, Congress finally got around to passing a funding bill, tying over the military until spring. But have their attempts to thwart the stellar progress made by US, coalition and Iraqi troops possibly been realized?
But right now, thanks to the obstructionism of Mrs. Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid when it comes to funding the troops, trouble is on the horizon at the Pentagon, which has yet to receive an appropriations bill to continue funding the war. On Thursday, Defense Department officials said furlough letters would hit 100,000 civilian military employees next week in an attempt to free up money for combat troops. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England sent letters to senior Democrats, among them Mrs. Pelosi and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, warning that the pending layoffs "will affect the critical support our civilian employees provide to our war-fighters — support which is key to our current operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq." Notices also went out to all Army command facilities in the United States and abroad with civilian employees and contractors, and to U.S. Marine Corps commanders as well, warning them of potential civilian layoffs at their bases.
If the furloughs begin next week, these fine men and women will have Mrs. Pelosi and her fellow Democrats to thank.
Let's hope there is a way to transfer funds so this doesn't happen. But I've been waiting for this... And I am just livid at the neglect of Congress to their responsibilities.