The President has a very valid reason, as you will see from his "Memorandum of Disapproval" linked above, and also from Gateway Pundit's excellent post below. This is what happens when the Dems play chicken with the military, is fast and loose with the American people, and tries to sneak in "poison pills" to an otherwise very important bill.
Now let's see the Dems fight a new streamlined bill for our troops, now that the news of their glaring omission/betrayal is out, and especially in light of world tensions now that Bhutto has been assassinated--denying the troops the funding they need now--no strings attached--would IMO be tantamount to political suicide for the party's fall fortunes:
The worst Congress ever is criticizing President Bush’s expected veto of H.R. 1585, the fiscal year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act.I've seen some criticisms of this even from bloggers I respect. But personally I like a guy who does the right thing, even if it goes against the grain or comes at a not particularly opportune moment with primaries coming up next week. Leaders don't get to pick when mistakes happen; but they do need to correct them. I'm standing behind the President on this one.
The White House believes the bill is "A Danger to Iraq's Progress"...
Obviously, the White House is very concerned about Section 1083 because the provisions included risk imposing financially devastating hardship on Iraq that will unacceptably interfere with the political and economic progress.
The Defense Appropriations Bill also includes over 2,000 earmarks.