May 25 (Bloomberg) -- Congress approved almost $100 billion in military spending for Iraq without the troop-withdrawal timeline Democrats had demanded, giving President George W. Bush a legislative win after months of debate over war policy.
May 25 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush, reviving the bipartisan advice of the Iraq Study Group he largely ignored five months ago, is redefining the ultimate U.S. mission as limited to training Iraq's forces, guarding its territory and battling al-Qaeda.
A divided U.S. Congress on Thursday approved $100 billion to keep fighting the war in Iraq, as Democrats pledged to resurrect failed attempts to force President George W. Bush to withdraw troops.
The Nation -- Despite the results of last November's elections, which gave them the authority to check and balance George Bush, and despite polls that show roughly two-thirds of Americans want them to do so, Democrats are not quite ready to say "no" to the president's demand for more money to wage the war that he pleases in Iraq.
Bowing to President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Congress grudgingly approved fresh billions for the Iraq war Thursday night, minus the troop withdrawal timeline that drew his earlier veto.
President Bush faced reporters for his first full-scale, solo news conference in three months savoring what may be a last victory in his battle with Congress over the course of the war in Iraq.
Courting the anti-war constituency, Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama both voted against legislation that pays for the Iraq war but lacks a timeline for troop withdrawal.
Americans now view the war in Iraq more negatively than at any time since the invasion more than four years ago, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Iran and the United States meet Monday in Baghdad for talks on stabilizing Iraq amid escalating differences on that issue and a host of others.
The war drums are getting louder in Turkey, and they can be heard next door in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, and across the globe in Washington as well.