Friday, July 02, 2010
The Afghanistan War is unpopular, and getting more soThis was evidenced by an important vote this week in the House of Representatives, as longtime peace activist Tom Hayden explains in House Stands Firm on Afghanistan Withdrawal Timetable The Nation 07/02/2010:
One hundred sixty-two House members, including a large majority of Democrats, sent a significant antiwar message to President Obama last night, forcing the White House to depend for Afghanistan war support on the Republicans who want to unseat the Democrats and Obama himself in upcoming elections.This is important. Of the Democrats voting on the latter measure, 61% opposed continuation of the Afghanistan War. Obama really has achieved his dream of bipartisanship on this war: he can only continue it with the support of Republicans who know that its unpopularity will damage Democrats' electoral prospects by de-motivating their base voters to go to the polls.
For some perceptive observations on the significance of even a failing vote like this, see Dibgy, Scaring the bejezuz out of 'em Hullabaloo 07/02/2010.
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