Thursday, November 04, 2010

Neocon wing of GOP already pissing away hard fought tea party victory with stubborn vows to continue Afghanistan quagmire

From:
Republicans Vow to Cancel Afghan Drawdown Date

Keeping War Going a Top Priority, Insists Rep. McKeon
(AntiWar.com) -- by Jason Ditz --

Flush with optimism after major victories in yesterday’s Congressional elections, House Republicans have promised one of their first orders of business is to attack President Obama’s July 2011 drawdown date in Afghanistan, despite the comparative handicap that the president already disavowed that date months ago

Rep. Buck McKeon (R – CA), seen as a virtual lock to head the House Armed Services Committee, says that the committee’s top priority will be to continue the war in Afghanistan. McKeon pledged to work directly with commander Gen. David Petraeus to commit more equipment and resources to the war effort.

Upon taking office in 2009, President Obama quickly established Afghanistan as his war, dramatically and repeatedly escalating the US presence despite ever worsening conditions. It seems now that he will face challenges from Republicans looking to make it their war instead, and the race may be on to out-hawk one another on the war, despite poll data showing the war is increasingly unpopular among voters...MORE...LINK

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