What? WHAT? Really? REALLY? Who woodathunkit? Isn’t this what Obama “ran on”? Isn’t it? Hello?
As President Barack Obama reaffirms his Afghanistan policy, he’s also emboldening critics in Congress who think he should use a shake-up in commanding generals to change the course of what they believe is an intractable war.
“I think he has to reassess the strategy,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said Thursday. “I can’t believe for a minute that he’s not rethinking it.”
Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern fired off a letter Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), asking her to hold off on a war-funding bill until Congress can assess the full fallout of a Rolling Stone article that concluded — without correction from the White House — that the president and his commanders have been backing off plans to withdraw starting in July 2011.
The bottom line: The president and congressional critics, long on a collision course over the war in Afghanistan, are hurtling ever faster toward each other since the ouster of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and doves on Capitol Hill are feeling a little tougher right now.
The anti-war coalition continues to be a thorn in the side of Democratic leaders, who are trying to find a way to move a war-funding bill over liberal objections and past a Republican Party unified in its opposition to using the must-pass $33 billion measure as a source of domestic spending.
War critics say Obama is missing a golden opportunity to use the McChrystal flap as an excuse to reshape his policy in Afghanistan. Instead, he’s reaffirming a policy that was shaped in large measure by McChrystal and using acclaimed Gen. David Petraeus to execute it, leaving himself little room to cast blame should things go wrong.
“He’s doubling-down,” said a senior Democratic congressional aide. […] go read the rest
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