Holy bullshit batman! I knew the thing about the body armor was a nasty distortion before, but I didn't realize just how steaming a load of crap it really was. This line in that WaPost article got me Googling:
But much of the funding for body armor was added to the bill by House Democrats, not the administration
Huh? It turns out that the original spending bill, the one the President submitted to Congress, didn't include ANY money for body armor
. Is there a super-extra bold font I can write that in? The President didn't ask for any body armor money
Why would the President do such a hateful thing? Does he want our troops to die? No, the money had already all been budgeted in the first Iraq supplemental bill
, the one Kerry sure-as-shit voted for (along with 95 other Senators). $310 million to buy 300,000 sets of body armor. All the miltary needed. Thing is, the manufacturer couldn't make them fast enough, so by the time October (and the second supplemental bill) arrived, many troops were still lacking. Still, the rest were paid for and on their way, so Bush didn't ask for any more money.
House Democrats smelled easy points, so they proposed adding another $251 million to the body armor fund to speed things along. It got added, since who it in the right mind would vote against body armor, even superfluous body armor?
The rest is history. It boggles my mind, though, how the President could get up on that podium tonight and repeat with a straight face the claim that John Kerry voted against body armor - WHICH THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T EVEN ASK FOR.
Goddammit, I had to get that off my chest. What a fucking asshole. Crap. If the NSA is reading, I'm not talking about the President. Oh, source
from the AP via that liberal rag, the Washington Times.