Tuesday, February 5, 2008

In Iraq For The Long Term

The Argument Over Permanent Bases In Iraq

...One section of the act targeted by the signing statement is number 1222, which says, "No funds appropriated pursuant to an authorization of appropriations in this Act may be obligated or expended for a purpose as follows:

(1) To establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing for the permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Iraq.
(2) To exercise United States control of the oil resources of Iraq."

When asked about this, Mr. Johndroe at the White House forwarded me a statement from Press Secretary Dana Perino, which said that the signing statement "has nothing to do with our policy regarding permanent bases or Iraq's oil resources." "It merely protects the constitutional prerogatives of the President and preserves Commander in Chief authorities -- for this President and future Presidents."

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