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