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Pelosi Sees Little Support for Troop Deployments

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Posted on Sep 11, 2009
AP / Susan Walsh

Pelosi’s remarks come just ahead of an expected request for additional combat forces from the allied commander in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has thrown a high-level wrench into President Obama’s plans to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Pelosi said Thursday that she sees little support in Congress for new deployments, an observation that comes at a time of rising casualties and strife in Afghanistan.

Los Angeles Times:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she sees little support in Congress or elsewhere in the country for sending more troops to Afghanistan, signaling trouble for President Obama’s new strategy at a critical point in the war.

With the number of casualties rising, Afghanistan embroiled in allegations of widespread election fraud and administration officials mindful that they must show progress by the middle of next year, several experts warned that the administration must move quickly to better explain its approach.

Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, became the highest-ranking lawmaker to publicly express doubt about further troop increases.

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By ardee, September 13, 2009 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

What is that sound…..Trumpets and harps.

Martha, for pehaps the very first time, you and I are in total agreement. I must go and lie down now.

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By MarthaA, September 12, 2009 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment

ardee,

That is a list of everyone in the Senate that is up for re-election and that can be taken down.

Of course there is a bunch besides Pelosi in the House and we need to do blanket coverage and remove all Conservatives and moderates—Blue Dogs and New Democrats.  If there is a Green running against Pelosi, I would vote for the Green.  We need to replace all, with the exception of Barbara Boxer and Russ Feingold.

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By ardee, September 12, 2009 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment

So, Martha posts a list of those to be executed from the Halls of Congress. I wonder if she was knitting like Madame DeFarge as she composed that list.

Seriously though, an election without real choice is what we have gotten and what we will continue to get. Saying one wants Pelosi targeted for erasure is a fine notion, one I support actually. But whom will one vote for , who will be on that ballot other than the Speaker of the House?

I would vote for a Green were I a SF resident able to vote for or against Pelosi. As long as the candidates are chosen by the Party and not the people your choice is non existent.

By the by Martha, after stating that Boxer and Feingold were exempted from your guillotine you included them in the wagon.

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By faith, September 12, 2009 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment

I agree with Speaker Pelosi when she says it is doubtful that there is support
for a continued war in Afghanistan, nor for any expansion of war effort there. 

Congress must be so ashamed.  To continue to send our young men and
women to fight in the middle east, without any legitimate cause is wrongful. 
And, as some of the highest military officials have stated,  the mission is
somewhat ambiguous- it lacks a clear and decisive plan for success.  There can
be no success except to those who profit from the budgetary monies spent on
the efforts there, and in Pakistan, and in Iraq.  The tragic consequences of
continuing, or expanding military efforts will come back to haunt us.  The kids
that will finish the rest of their lives maimed and crippled both physically and
mentally is simply astonishing.  That does not include the hundreds of
thousands wounded and maimed, homeless and orphaned that are mere
citizens of those middle eastern countries.

We have paid a lot in terms of integrity and power for Mr. Bush’s little kick butt
attitude.  He claimed a right to invade a sovereign nation and did so under
false pretenses.  His friends got rich.  Let’s write this sitting president and tell
him we have had enough of war.  “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin
with me”..

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By MarthaA, September 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

bogi666,

Apparently since the 2010 Primaries are coming up in less than a year, Pelosi is trying to appear that she is not a war monger, as Representatives have to run every two years, therefore, along with Pelosi, we should be able to knock a bunch of Republican Lite Democrats out of the House as well as the Senate. Isn’t all of the House up for re-election this year? We must not re-elect, but replace.

With the exception of Barbara Boxer and Russ Feingold, the following bunch of SUPPOSED democratic Senators should be taken out in the 2010 Primary voting as to date they haven’t represented the 70% MAJORITY Common Population that they were sent to Washington, D.C. to represent:

Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas-D)

Barbara Boxer (California-D)

Ken Salazar (Colorado-D)

Christopher Dodd (Connecticut-D)

Daniel Inouye (Hawaii-D)

Roland Burris (Illinois-D)

Evan Bayh (Indiana-D)

Barbara Mikulski (Maryland-D)

Harry Reid (Nevada-D)

Chuck Schumer (New York-D)

Byron Dorgan (North Dakota-NPL-D)

Ron Wyden (Oregon-D)

Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania-D)

Patrick Leahy (Vermont-D)

Russ Feingold (Wisconsin-D)


And, the REPUBLICANS can clean up their party by removing the following in the 2010 Primaries who have done such a good job of representing big business and big industry in other countries, that other countries are now prospering at the expense of the United States:

Richard Shelby (Alabama-R)

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska-R)

John McCain (Arizona-R)

Mel Martinez (Florida-R)

Johnny Isakson (Georgia-R)

Mike Crapo (Idaho-R)

Chuck Grassley (Iowa-R)

Sam Brownback (Kansas-R)

Jim Bunning (Kentucky-R)

David Vitter (Louisiana-R)

Kit Bond (Missouri-R)

Judd Gregg (New Hampshire-R)

Richard Burr (North Carolina-R)

George Voinovich (Ohio-R)

Tom Coburn (Oklahoma-R)

Jim DeMint (South Carolina-R)

John Thune (South Dakota-R)

Bob Bennet (Utah-R)

With all of these Democrats and Republicans up for re-election, the people should be able to knock out a lot of corruption in the 2010 Primaries if we will just do it.  We must not allow the SAME people to continue representing the 70% MAJORITY Common Population when they have done everything they could do to destroy the 70% MAJORITY Common Population and make our nation only haves and have nots.

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By bogi666, September 12, 2009 at 9:39 am Link to this comment

MarthaA, Pelosi and the House are up for election in 2010. It is possible that during the August recess congress got feedback about the unpopularity of the wars. Just possible, after all being a politician nothing Pelosi says can be believed without reservations, to say the least.

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By MarthaA, September 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment

Folktruther,

Great caps.  It doesn’t pay to trust Pelosi.

I am all for getting out of Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, but I think Pelosi is pulling something, when all of a sudden she and all the rest of the conservative war mongers are not wanting war; there has to be an ulterior motive for warmongers to not want war, which I doubt is real, just trying to pin their continued war on President Obama, when it isn’t the President that OK’s continuing war, it’s the Congress, with the exception of Bush and Cheney.

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By ardee, September 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment

Folktruther, September 11 at 6:11 pm

If you agree to stop shouting I’ll agree to stop laughing….well, maybe not.

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By SteveL, September 11, 2009 at 4:54 pm Link to this comment

Afghanistan has been swallowing up, chewing up, and spitting out invaders far
longer than the United States has been in existence.  Someone explain to me just
what we are going to do to bring about a different outcome.  The last to try this
before was the Soviet Union where Afghanistan was just across their border.  Oh
yeah the Soviet Union does not exist anymore.

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By Folktruther, September 11, 2009 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment

Damn right, Martha, what is Pelosi trying to pull!  Of course she could somply be responding to Elite opinion, but you are perfectly right that she can’t be trusted.  She is almost a part of the CONSERVATIVE RIGHT WING REPUBLICAN EXTREMISTS. 

But, who knows, maybe she means it.  That would ceratinly be encouraging to the 70% MAJORITY COMMON POPULATION.

I hope so because reading all these caps gives me a headache.

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By MarthaA, September 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment

It is very strange to me that Pelosi who has supported the war right along and at no time in the past four years has funding of the war been supported by the majority population, but all of a sudden Pelosi is going to go along with the majority population, and supposedly a majority in Congress that supposedly doesn’t support the war; therefore, there is some other political reason, as Pelosi has never cared the slightest about what the greater majority population want, only the Conservative agenda she is following that apparently doesn’t include President Obama, as she thinks President Obama will be forced to support the war, and that in the end the war will still be funded. With Pelosi, and supposedly the greater majority in Congress, acting like she/they is/are against the continued funding of the war and that it is only President Obama who wants to continue the war, which is suppose to make President Obama appear to be the only one wanting to continue the war.  Could it be Pelosi is trying to stick it to President Obama?  Can’t be her reelection as she just got reelected in 2008, and won’t be up for reelection until 2012, at which time I hope her conservative self is removed; Pelosi being in favor of the best interest of the 70% Majority Common Population is not part of her profile, so she has to be trying to undermine President Obama; President Obama should just say GOOD, and straight away pull out of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, altogether, and not succumb to the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMISTS propaganda in any way, which would be in the best interest of the nation as a whole.

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By Carh8r, September 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment
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I think Pelosi might be the only Democrat in Washington with b@lls! Obama could learn a thing or two from her.

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By ardee, September 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

As one of the more vocal critics of the Democratic leadership and the actions, or lack thereof of the Party as a whole I want to state my support for this statement by Speaker Pelosi.

As one of the more vocal critics of the Democratic leadership and the actions, or lack thereof of the Party as a whole I want to state that I think this may very well be simple posturing. I fervently hope it is not.

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By coloradokarl, September 11, 2009 at 9:58 am Link to this comment

Hey Barack, Do yourself and all of us a favor and make the pull out YOUR Idea. Trust me on this, Karl

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