Pelosi warns Bush: ‘Calm down with the threats.’

President Bush today renewed his threat to veto legislation that sets a time line for withdrawal from Iraq. In a press conference, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded:

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Calm down with the threats. There is a new Congress in town. We respect your constitutional role; we want you to respect ours. This war must end. The American people have lost faith in the President’s conduct of the war. Let’s see how we can work together. This war is diminishing the strength of our military, not honoring our commitment to our veterans, and not holding the Iraqi government accountable.

President Bush now wants the debate to be about whether Congress will “fund the troops.” But both Senate and House bills provide the funds he requested. The real debate is whether Congress must endorse a war without end, and that is not an option.