Monday, March 30, 2009

Obama and Escalation in Afghanistan

President Obama went on CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday to make the case for his great big war in Afghanistan.

The good news is that Obama says, "What I will not do is to simply assume that more troops always results in an improved situation."

The bad news is that Obama is dispatching more troops to a country that has never taken well to occupation.

So where is the blast condemning the ramping up of an undeclared war and the president's refusal to rule out an even more dramatic expansion of that war to Pakistan? Where is the memo from the Center for American Progress outlining the case against giving the president "a blank check for endless war"?

Don't hold your breath, says John Stauber, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy and the co-author of Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq and The Best War Ever: Lies, Damned Lies and the Mess in Iraq, two of the most scathing books on the Bush-Cheney administration and its war in Iraq.

In a no-holds-barred critique of groups that earned their reputations as critics of the rush to invade and occupy Iraq, Stauber argues that the Obama administration has effectively co-opted some of the nation's most high-profile anti-war groups.

Here's what Stauber writes in a piece titled: "How Obama Took Over the Peace Movement," which appears on the CMD website:

John Podesta's liberal think tank the Center for American Progress strongly supports Barack Obama's escalation of the US wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is best evidenced by Sustainable Security in Afghanistan, a CAP report by Lawrence J. Korb. Podesta served as the head of Obama's transition team, and CAP's support for Obama's wars is the latest step in a successful co-option of the US peace movement by Obama's political aids and the Democratic Party.

CAP and the five million member liberal lobby group MoveOn were behind Americans Against Escalation in Iraq (AAEI), a coalition that spent tens of millions of dollars using Iraq as a political bludgeon against Republican politicians, while refusing to pressure the Democratic Congress to actually cut off funding for the war. AAEI was operated by two of Barack Obama's top political aids, Steve Hildebrand and Paul Tewes, and by Brad Woodhouse of Americans United for Change and USAction.

Today Woodhouse is Obama's Director of Communications and Research for the Democratic National Committee. He controls the massive email list called Obama for America composed of the many millions of people who gave money and love to the Democratic peace candidate and might be wondering what the heck he is up to in Afghanistan and Pakistan. MoveOn built its list by organizing vigils and ads for peace and by then supporting Obama for president; today it operates as a full-time cheerleader supporting Obama's policy agenda. Some of us saw this unfolding years ago. Others are probably shocked watching their peace candidate escalating a war and sounding so much like the previous administration in his rationale for doing so.



Franklin's Locke March 30, 2009 at 12:31 PM  

I am stunned. He actually made the right decision. We needed to increase our troops, but a plan would be nice. I am not going to pull a Liberal tactic and ask for an exit strategy. But, Gen. Petraeus has already said that an Iraq type surge would not work in Afghanistan. I hope the O-man leaves the generals alone to fight our enemy and defeat them.

James Wolfer March 30, 2009 at 1:17 PM  

What you are forgetting is that even the majority of liberals supported the war in Afghanistan under Bush and most of the US still supported that war (unless they were complete pacifists) because Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda were partially responsible for 9/11, not to mention Bin Laden was there, who was directly responsible for 9/11.

We were mad at Bush for Iraq because he took a leap from Afghanistan and Bin Laden to Iraq and Saddam, which were not even related. So yeah, most of us wanted out of Iraq so that we could concentrate on the war that actually had to do with us. So even if others don't, I support the Afghanistan war and the war against Al-Qaeda.

Red March 30, 2009 at 3:58 PM  

Hey O'worshippers: Sucks to be wrong don't it?

James Wolfer March 30, 2009 at 4:20 PM  

Hey Red (Rush Limbaugh worshipper maybe?)

Obama said he'd be pushing in Afghanistan.

Sucks to be irrelevant and uneducated, don't it?

Anonymous,  March 30, 2009 at 6:11 PM  

The Obamanation will not follow the Generals advice.He knows it all. Yeah right.

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