The Iraq War Withdrawal Veto

I’m repeating things in this post, but they are important to say.

I disagree with how President Bush is running the Iraq War. Indeed, I disagree with nearly every major decision that George Bush has made since 2004. Disbanding the Iraqi Army was perhaps the last great American decision in Iraq (though the “Let freedom Reign” transfer of sovereignty comes close).

That said, President Bush and not Nancy Pelosi is the Commander in Chief of the Army. He, and not Nancy, is the Commander in Chief of the Navy. He, and not Nancy, is the Commander in Chief of the Militia. He, and not Nancy, is the Head of State. He, and not Nancy, is the Head of Government.

Whatever the powers of the Congress to begin war, the President alone has the power to end it.

While Bush should end the American occupation, and instead support reliably anti-Qaedist/anti-Baathist elements with money, guns, and air cover, that is Bush’s decision to make. Not Pelosi’s.

It’s too bad that Bush is not wiser in fighting the Iraq War. But he is completely right to veto Nancy Pelosi’s extra-constitutional pan for failure.