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President Bush announced Friday that he's going to withhold his signature on the Defense Authorization Bill, supposedly over a concern with a section allowing people to sue the Iraqi government for Saddam-era events. While this could result in an interesting Constitutional question ("Can the President really use the pocket veto when the Senate technically remains in session?") it interests me that the Administration didn't say specifically ahead of time that they'd veto the bill if it came with the Iraq litigation clause. The main effect, until Congress can pass a bill the President will sign, will be to reduce the COLA for active duty troops from 3.5% to 3%.
I guess I long for the days when a Republican administration was at least supposed to be competent, and would have been able to figure this out ahead of time. (My time at CENTCOM disabused me of any notion that this particular one is overrun by competent political appointees.)