Monday, May 18, 2009

‘Our president, our war’
Obama campaigned vigorously in favor of fighting an aggressive war in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Dave Obey then voted with a majority of the House to pass some $97 billion in supplemental appropriations, much of it to send a fresh supply of unmanned drones and an additional 21,000 troops and to fight a war he predicts will fail.

Jim McGovern and his colleagues in the Progressive Caucus gathered 76 co-sponsors, all in a very short time. The list included at least two house committee chairs, Michigan’s John Conyers and Minnesota’s Jim Oberstar, along with a few Republicans, including Walter Jones of North Carolina and Ron Paul of Texas. McGovern’s goal was to get the resolution accepted as an amendment to the supplemental appropriations bill.
From truthout.

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