Bush backs away from military contractor investigation

Sen. Jim Webb is a smart man, and he surely knows that President Bush has been using ‘signing statements’ to ignore Congress since he took office. — PID

WASHINGTON — President Bush warned on Tuesday that he may disregard several portions of a massive defense policy bill he signed just one day earlier, including provisions creating a commission to investigate the use of civilian contractors such as Blackwater in Iraq and Afghanistan. The action drew an immediate rebuke from Senate Democrats, including Virginia’s Jim Webb, a prime force behind creation of the bipartisan panel.

“I am totally amazed,” Webb said in a speech on the Senate floor. “The president of the United States, who has been in charge of the conduct of this war and whose administration has been in charge of executing these contracts… is now saying that he believes a legislative body can pass a law that he can choose to ignore.” Full Report