Veto Rejects American People's Call for a New Direction (Rep. Xavier Becerra)

It is disappointing to see President Bush refuse to acknowledge the reality on the ground in Iraq, the wishes of the American people, and the good faith efforts of Congress to provide our troops an exit strategy from this quagmire. Despite gathering evidence that the surge is nothing more than the same failed "stay the course" strategy on steroids, the president continues to burry his head in the sand and reject the good advice of the American people to responsibly end this war.

With a stroke of his pen, the president has vetoed his own benchmarks for success, showing the Iraqi government that there are no consequences for failing to meet their commitments. If we are to believe the Iraqi government's promise that Iraqi troops will take responsibility for securing all of Iraq's provinces by November, as the president told us in January, why reject a plan to redeploy our troops when that critical goal is met? Why reject the very concept of accountability in this war?

The president's veto is a rejection of the American people's call for a new direction, and a denial of the ongoing failures of his policy of open-ended war.

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