Friday, September 11, 2009

Wire: Obama Facing Waning Democrat Support, Skepticism on Afghan War

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2009 -- Newswire services today reported that Democrat leaders in Congress urged the Obama administration Thursday to produce a plan for winning the war in Afghanistan or risk widespread opposition within the president's own party to a new troop buildup.

The Associated Press reported that simmering congressional frustration could lead to limited resources, even if Capitol Hill approves sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, aides said.

"I don't think there's a great deal of support for sending more troops to Afghanistan in the country or in the Congress," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

Democrat Rep. John P. Murtha, chair of the House Appropriations panel that oversees military spending, said he is "very nervous" about sending more troops to Afghanistan.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wanted to see President Barack Obama's plans for the military mission before sending more forces to Afghanistan.

The limp support reflects growing impatience among Democrat lawmakers to see an on-the-ground assessment of the military situation in Afghanistan, AP said.

Lawmakers have also said they wanted the Obama administration to produce benchmarks that will measure success or failure.

Obama has said "victory" in Afghanistan isn't the United States' goal.

In a factually incorrect comparison, Obama recently told ABC News, "I'm always worried about using the word 'victory,' because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur."

Emperor Hirohito was not in attendance at the ceremony aboard USS Missouri where Japanese officials signed the surrender documents concluding World War II.

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Source: Democratic support for Afghan war waning

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Anonymous Real estate Toronto said...

Well, it is difficult to use the world victory when this war is not usual in the terms we know the war. Who they want to win over? Over the people of Afghanistan?

11:08 AM EDT  
Anonymous MoJo said...

The word victory assumes you would want to win a war, such as the "war on terrorism."

Right now, Obama is doing in Afghanistan exactly what he criticized Bush for in Iraq. Obama is nation building in Afghanistan, a hell-hole that proudly claim to have one, and only one, paved highway.

Liberals fail to understand that it is a war we are in; it is not a police action. Americans soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen are dying every day. They are not police.

President Obama shows his lack of historical understanding, and as such, is probably intellectually underequipped to fight a war. Then again, he is a liberal fascist who is more concerned with labor unions, ACORN, and allowing his buddies to take from the taxpayers.

11:42 AM EDT  

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