March 4th Preview: Democrats Target Iraq Funding

The Democratic Party's plans to try to limit President Bush's Iraq war policy will continue to dominate news talk shows on Sunday.

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) appears on NBC's "Meet the Press" to promote his party's plan to require that troops meet certain readiness standards before deployment.

The Vietnam veteran and chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee would attach amendments to a war supplemental bill that would focus spending on equipment that Democrats say troops need but don't have. They also would impose restrictions on the policies governing how long troops can serve in combat zones and require that war-funding and troop deployments be linked to the Iraqi government meeting certain benchmarks in quelling violence.

But many Democrats are wary of going too far in binding the president's hands, while others are concerned the legislation won't go far enough.

On "Meet the Press," Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), a former military lawyer and member of the Armed Services Committee, will defend the president's Iraq policy.

Wolf Blitzer will dig deeper into the Senate side of the story on CNN's "Late Edition." Senate Democrats haven't been able to hold a proper debate on a non-binding resolution opposing the president's war strategy, as the GOP has used delaying tactics to block discussion.

Presidential hopeful Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, a Democratic member of the Foreign Relations Committee, will go head to head with Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, who is increasingly a leading GOP voice defending the Iraq war.

CBS's "Face the Nation" will grapple with the impact of the war on veterans returning home to, in some cases, dismal conditions at Walter Reed Hospital. In a series of stories over the past two weeks, Washington Post reporters Anne Hull and Dana Priest cataloged the neglect troops suffer at the hospital. Their reports prompted action from the highest echelons of the Bush administration. Hull will be on CBS to report the latest from the series.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is planning hearings next week on the conditions at Walter Reed. Panel Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) also will appear on CBS.

"Late Edition" will check on the latest bout of violence in Iraq with Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to Iraq. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, a 2008 GOP aspirant and immigration hardliner, also will appear.

On ABC's "This Week," Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is interviewed after a turbulent week for the nation's economy and stock market. It started Tuesday in China, when a major sell-off in that country's stock exchange precipitated declines worldwide. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 3.3 percent. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan helped encourage the gloom, warning early in the week that a recession was possible. He later backtracked to say it was not "probable." In a congressional hearing Wednesday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke tried to soothe fears, saying the state of the economy was dandy. The markets rebounded.

Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York, who chairs the Ways and Means Committee, will appear on "Fox News Sunday" to discuss the economy and his party's tax plans.

Also on Fox, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), who serve on their chamber's intelligence committee, will discuss the problems facing Afghanistan in light of a resurgent Taliban. Insurgents last week attacked a heavily fortified compound Vice President Cheney was visiting. That comes on top of other reports of al Qaeda sites in Pakistan.

By Zachary Goldfarb |  March 2, 2007; 4:50 PM ET
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John Kyl, another Republican chickenhawk, never served in the military but he can't wait to send more troops over there. What a cowardly fool.

Posted by: mikeasr | March 4, 2007 5:47 PM

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