The veto, expected this week, will allow Bush to continue his count of the days until Congress sends him an acceptable bill-one that does not "handcuff our generals, add billions of dollars in unrelated spending, and [make us] begin to pull out of Iraq by an arbitrary date."
Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee is running its own tally: "It's Been 90 Days and Counting: Escalation Plan Still Not Working," it claimed on its website one day last week. War of words aside, it's unclear where this all goes next.
Some Democrats suggest a compromise bill that would set nonbinding benchmarks for Iraqi behavior on matters like curbing sectarian violence and dividing oil revenues. The hope: It might pull in enough Republican senators to make it vetoproof.
By Kenneth T. Walsh