In nearly five years in office, President Bush has not vetoed a single piece of legislation his Republican-led Congress has supported.
But the White House is threatening to veto the Senate’s $440.5 billion 2006 Defense spending bill because it includes an amendment that would mandate uniform standards for the treatment of military detainees. The provision, which passed 90-9, was authored by John McCain (R-AZ).
A Seattle Times editorial wrote that the amendment “to ban ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading’ treatment of prisoners by the military found a clarity of purpose and voice that eludes the Bush administration.”
The Boston Globe, in its editorial, wrote: “Instead of threatening to veto the measure, as his staff has done, President Bush should embrace it as evidence that the military will correct abuses and hold itself to a high standard.”
A veto by Bush would almost certainly be symbolic, because the Senate has the votes to override it.
And what a symbol it would be.
This item first appeared at Journalists Against Bush’s B.S.