Bush Will Veto Vet Benefits to Protect Iraq — From Lawsuits

Bush is set to veto the defense appropriations bill Congress passed that would help America's vets. That's bad enough but wait until you hear why.

President George Bush today said he intends to veto the $696 billion defense authorization that would include a pay raise for military personnel and fund the overhaul of veterans' health care program.
Why the veto? Because the bill includes a provision that would "imperil Iraqi assets held in the United States," the White House statement released Friday said.
A provision in the bill would permit lawyers to freeze Iraqi funds in the US and would expose Iraq to "massive liability in lawsuits concerning the misdeeds of the Saddam Hussein regime," the White House argues.
I'm beginning to think John Edwards is so right that it could be dangerous for his safety to keep speaking out. Greed is the sole rationale for everything done by the Bush Administration and the mostly Republican power brokers in Washington, from waging war to raiding the public till and lining their own pockets.

I can't wait to hear how the Rush Limbaughs and Bill O'Reillys of the world spin this one. Here's how the White House explained it:

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