Friday, June 3, 2011

Norm Dicks Wants Out of Af-Pak

With surprising bluntness, the top House Democrat on defense and appropriations is warning that President Barack Obama can’t ignore the growing “war fatigue” in Congress and must consider steps to accelerate a U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Washington Rep. Norm Dicks, an early and enthusiastic supporter of Obama’s policy, says staying in Afghanistan into 2014, as first outlined by the president, will be difficult now given the budget pressures at home and the erratic performance of the chief U.S. partners in the region: Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan.
Between Karzai and Pakistan, I’m looking for a friend in the neighborhood, and I’m having a hard time finding one,I think the military operation has been more successful recently, but all of a sudden — when you are faced with these incredible cuts we’re making in the domestic programs and the social safety net of this country — you know, to do nation building in Afghanistan? I’m having a hard time.

I think it’s like $113 billion on Afghanistan, and there’s Pakistan’s situation, where we know on the border, people are coming across into Afghanistan,” he said. “It’s a serious problem. I just think that there’s a war fatigue setting in up here, and I think the president is going to have to take that into account.”

We need to start seeing if we can do this a little faster,” Dicks said. “I think the American people would overwhelmingly like to see this brought to a conclusion sooner than 2014.
Earth to Obama!


  1. If it is not Afghanistan it will be Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia, Iran, or any other preordained target.
    O has to run as a "War president".
    He can not run on an economy that is going deeper into the abyss.
    Beware of false flags.

  2. Good post, GettaLife! (You're worth every penny I pay you!)

    And Reality, you have it nailed, too!

  3. I have, sadly, come to the conclusion that the President is a megalomaniac, on a scale with the preceding Vice President. Reason does not mean anything to such people, nor does reality.