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Democrats Largely Disappointed With Obama's Afghanistan Announcement
WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers who have been pressing for a sizable and significant withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan almost universally expressed disappointment with President Barack Obama's speech on Wednesday night.
Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) told reporters on Tuesday that the president needed to put forward, at a minimum, an initial withdrawal of 15,000 troops -- a number that Obama fell short of -- to meet his promise of a "significant" drawdown.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has been a vocal supporter of a robust withdrawal, also said president's announcement was not what she had been hoping for. "It has been the hope of many in Congress and across the country that the full drawdown of U.S. forces would happen sooner than the President laid out -- and we will continue to press for a better outcome," she said.
Nice to know that Harry Boy and Pelosi are on the same page now
....I wonder if NBC edited out Obama's "God bless our troops" and "God bless the united States of America" in their coverage last night
Last edited by PatsWSB47; 06-23-2011 at 11:02 AM..
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Re: Democrats Disappointed With Obama's Afghanistan Speech
Originally Posted by Mrs.PatsFanInVa
Seems there's lots of people disappointed with it - on both sides of the aisle.
It's pretty much a case of "damned if you do, damned if you don't," isn't it?
More "damned if you don't" at this point. The strong majority of Americans want this over with as soon as possible. For most of them, that means NOW. I think Obama's trying too hard to please everyone. We all know where this is headed: We pull out over five years, another 300 American kids get killed, another 6000 Afghans ket killed (and I'm not even talking about dismemberment and brain damage), Afghanistan never changes, never joins the 20th century, never gets a responsible government, and the Taliban or something grotesquely similar takes over. We can either get out now or in five years. The result will be the same except less people will die if we do it now. Ten years is long enough to recognize that there will be NO taming of this Allah-forsaken wasteland.