George W. Bush gave Congress a big, torturous middle finger this week.
The tiresome President vetoed a bill that would prevent CIA agents from using harsh interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding.
Said Bush in his radio address: “…Congress recently sent me an intelligence authorization bill that would diminish these vital tools [to stop terrorism]. So today, I vetoed it…” The president also described controversial techniques as “valuable”.
Bush didn’t specifically mention waterboarding, but insisted that the “safe and lawful” strategies have prevented plots targeting Los Angeles, London, a military base in Djibouti, as well as a consulate in Karachi. And, as proud patriots, we believe every word of the President’s address. Why would he lie?
The Democrats vowed to fight Bush’s veto, but face slim odds. The axed legislation passed by a minuscule margin: the House leaned 222-199 and the Senate came out to 51-45. Congress needs a two-thirds majority to override a presidential veto.
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid remained undeterred, however, and promised that his party will “continue working to reverse the damage President Bush has caused to our standing in the world.”
That Reid, always the optimist!