We've got to have an end point to this strategy or there is no strategy."The day before Obama gave his speech at West Point, Republican Congress member Jason Chaffietz said:
Mr. President, it is time to bring our troops home... If our mission in Afghanistan is simply to protect the populace and build the nation, then I believe the time has come to bring our troops home. … I am opposed to nation-building. I do not believe it is the role and responsibility of the United States of America to be involved in every aspect of the globe."Obama Has Spoken; Now, Let's Have a Debate. Chaffetz, a freshman member of Congress from Utah, told Politico that it was time for Republicans to do more than “take pot shots at ACORN.” And although Chaffetz realizes his opposition to GOP leadership might hurt him, he is taking a stand against more war in Afghanistan. Of course Chaffetz is notoriously cheap, choosing to sleep on a cot in his office rather than rent a DC apartment because of the country's $10TRILLION debt, but he is also a "pristine conservative" and represents some important elements in the Republicans "big tent"- fiscal conservatism, populism, and even charisma (His appearance on the Colbert Report was hilarious). So now, as is always the case, politics has made for some serioulsy interesting bedfellows. On the pro-war side, Dems who supposedly know better sound exactly like the Bushies. Obama makes a speech that sounds more or less exactly like Dubbya, except even worse since Obama's speech included a tortured effort to be "the Uniter" instead of "the Decider." But on the other side are Democrats who have long opposed Dubbya's wars and conservative Republicans who actually understand we canNOT afford these wars. These Senators and Congress members might have a chance to do what Obama wishes he could do: reach across the aisle and work with the other side. Unite instead of divide. Now is the time to organize against Obama-- for peace and the sane use of the US's dwindling resources. In a country where Americans are more or less split 50/50 on whether to increase the war in Afghanistan, it is time to work for a similar split in Congress on whether to give Obama his $30BILLION increase to escalate Dubbya's war. Obama needs 218 votes in he House. There are 177 Republicans and 258 Democrats. Get on the phone. Send an email. Start a campaign for Congress to exert the power of the purse strings and not give another penny for the build up of Dubbya's wars. It's time for anti-war Dems to get in bed with conservative Republicans, a marriage of what passes for the far Left and far Right in this country, to stop Obama from destroying this country from the muddled middle.