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Didn’t Democrats spend the last two years saying we needed more troops in Afghanistan?

September 5, 2009

That the “real enemy” was being ignored in favor of Iraq. So what’s up with this then – Dems signal resistance to Afghan troop increase

Key Senate Democrats signaled Friday that any push by the White House to send more troops to Afghanistan is likely to hit resistance. And their unease was fueled by another bombing, that left as many as 70 dead, including civilians who were killed when the U.S. blew up tanker trucks hijacked by the Taliban.

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The senators will return to Washington next week, just as President Barack Obama receives a new military review of Afghanistan strategy that officials expect will be followed up by a request for at least a modest increase in U.S. troops battling insurgents in the 8-year-old war.

Obama came into office pledging to shift U.S. focus from the war in Iraq to the Afghan fight, which had long been a secondary priority. But as war-weary Americans have watched another 21,000 troops go to Afghanistan this year, and U.S. casualties rise, support for the war has waned.

I don’t understand our “leaders”. Everything is always such a short term outlook with them. Don’t they realize that the blood being invested now results in less blood being spilled later? Way back in the 80’s when the world was still young and I was going through FMSS at Camp Pendleton they used to say “The more you sweat in peace the less you bleed in war.” That applies here although we need to change the wording a bit.

The GOP isn’t really helping matters any –

the case of conservative opposition to the war in Afghanistan—as well as increasingly in Iraq—is symptomatic of something larger: the long history of political parties out of power advancing a neo-isolationist outlook. For example, Democrats were vocal opponents of President Reagan’s support for the Nicaraguan contras and the democratic government in El Salvador, the U.S. invasion of Grenada, the deployment of cruise and Pershing missiles in Europe, and the forceful stand against the Soviet Union generally.

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Our concern is that this tendency for the party out of (executive) power to pull back from America’s international role and to undermine a president of the opposing party will gain strength when it comes to President Obama’s policy on Afghanistan.

Wall St. Journal

My vote doesn’t count for much here in the Peoples Republic of Seattle (well one of the outlying territories anyway) but I will vote against anyone who suggests abandoning Afghanistan. Remember why we are there in the first place

The picture of the ground zero lights and the Wall Street Journal link came from Instapundit. I don’t know how to link his individual posts sorry.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sean the Maggot permalink
    September 5, 2009 6:35 pm

    You’re in Seattle? WooHooo!!!! We’re practically neighbors!

    Knowing there’s another person with a conservative slant in this here state makes me do the happy dance.

    No, you don’t want to see it. My body seems to think “spaz” and “rhythm” are interchangeable, or even one of the same.

    WooHoo! 🙂

  2. jenn1964 permalink*
    September 5, 2009 8:37 pm

    There are a few conservatives around we just have to stay undercover to avoid the lynch mobs :-P.

  3. September 10, 2009 6:05 am

    You’ve probably already figured it out by now (I’m late, just learned of your site) but to link to Instapundit posts, there is a tiny graphic (looks like an infinity sign) next to his name at the end of the post. It links to the individual post.

    BTW, I like your posts a lot.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      September 10, 2009 7:56 am

      Thanks for the comment, and the tip. I hadn’t figured that out but now that you’ve mentioned it it seems so obvious and I feel like a fool :-).

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