Tuesday, September 1, 2009

White House Freaked Out by Dems' Antiwar Base on Afghanistan

From the Politico, "White House Fears Liberal War Pressure":

White House officials are increasingly worried liberal, anti-war Democrats will demand a premature end to the Afghanistan war before President Barack Obama can show signs of progress in the eight-year conflict, according to senior administration sources.

These fears, which the officials have discussed on the condition of anonymity over the past few weeks, are rising fast after U.S. casualties hit record levels in July and August.

The aides also expressed concern that Afghan election returns, still being tallied, will result in a narrow reelection for President Hamid Karzai that could result in qualms about his legitimacy — “Tehran II,” as one official put it, in reference to the disputed Iranian election.

The result: some think Afghanistan - not health care - will be the issue that defines the early years of the Obama administration.

“There’s no question that the drumbeat is going to get louder and louder on the left, and you’ll see some fall-off on the right,” said Matt Bennett of the think tank Third Way, the moderate voice of the progressive movement. “His supporters on the Hill are fighting a really serious political battle to keep the criticism under control.”

The Afghanistan conflict, which has gotten relatively little attention in part because Obama talks far more often about domestic concerns, is roaring back to the top of the Obama agenda as Congress is about to return from weeks of meetings with often unhappy voters.

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) last week called for a timetable to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan — the same tactic he and other war opponents used to build congressional support for forcing an end to the Iraq war.

But Obama officials — including National Security Adviser James Jones and Defense Secretary Robert Gates — know the problem is much bigger than Feingold and timetables. They anticipate a growing number of anti-war liberals will call, with increasing force, for an end to the conflict when lawmakers return. Cost could become an issue, too. With deficits high, there will be heavy pressure on Obama to find savings somewhere in 2010 — and war critics see Afghanistan as a good place to start.

George F. Will opened a new fissure among conservatives with a column Tuesday calling for the U.S. to pull all ground troops out of Afghanistan, on the theory on the French general Charles de Gaulle that genius “sometimes consists of knowing when to stop.”

But it’s Democratic opposition that could force Obama to retreat on what he has called a "war of necessity."
Forget George Will for now.

With the exception of the hardline revolutionary socialists, mosts lefists were arguing that the Bush administration's Iraq war was a "distraction" from our "real" war in Afghanistan." That line was always politically expedient, and even more so now that the Obama administration's in power.

Spencer Ackerman is representative of the America-bashing left. On January 23, Ackerman sounded the tocsin, "
Progressives Launch Attack on Afghanistan." And yesterday, Ackerman questioned Anthony Cordesman's call for more troops in the conflict, "Wait, We Need How Many More Troops For Afghanistan?"

It's not about national sucurity for these people. It's about hatred and power, as always.

Totally unserious.


EDGE said...

Obama will fold under pressure in Afghanistan...especially when 2012 rolls around.

shoprat said...

These people will not be happy until America no longer exists and then they will turn on someone else. Nothing but sheer self-loathing drives these lunatics.

frank patrick said...

Obama will call on Henry Kissinger to assist in a successful withdrawal from Kabul. As part of the peace negotiations Taliban will build new windmills and solar panels in the hills of Tora Bora and paint the poppy fields green.

The next step will be the withdrawal from San Diego and El Paso.

The Vegas Art Guy said...

How could be even be surprised? I mean seriously?

Oh come ON....