In another case of who-should-be-surprised, the Democrat Party is playing political games with the lives of our troops by tying the military budget to their political goals of forcing the president to agree to a timetable for removing the troops from Iraq.

In recent months a new type of armored vehicle has been introduced to Iraq that has been saving the lives of our troops there.

As the AP reports:Deadlocked Bill May Halt Troop Carriers

The armored carrier has a grim black slash across its side, burn marks on the door and a web of cracks along the window.

Like most of the Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in Anbar province, this one has been hit as many as three times by enemy fire and bomb blasts. Yet, to date, no American troops have died while riding in one.

Yet the troops might find fewer of these MRAPs delivered to them because the Democrat Party has tied the funds allocated to build them to a bill that Bush will veto because there are withdrawal time tables included.

But efforts to buy thousands more carriers — each costing about $1 million — could be delayed if the White House and Congress do not resolve their deadlock over a $124.2 billion war spending bill.

Why blame the Democrats and not Bush for the veto?

Because Bush has made no bones about the fact that he will not agree to sign a bill that has a timetable for withdrawal of our troops in it. Yet, here they are, tying the military budget to JUST such a bill — Knowing all the while that Bush will veto it.

THAT, my friends, is called political gamesmanship. Yet the Democrats are doing this knowing full well that the safety of our troops is being compromised by their actions and game playing.

This is an inexcusable action by the Democrats. And it shows, once again, that they really couldn’t care less about our troops.

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