The White House announced today that Bush will veto the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill that passed the Senate with bipartisan support at 90-3.

Bush is going to veto the bill because the Iraqi government didn’t like a provision it contains- a provision intended to ensure that “victims of state-sponsored terrorism their day in court”

By vetoing the bill the president is also delaying a 3.5 percent pay raise and other benefit improvements for the troops.

It looks like Bush has made his loyalties and priorities clear: it is more important to protect his friends from lawsuits than to provide the troops with benefits and pay increases.