Thursday, May 21, 2009

Senate overwhelmingly votes to continue fund Afghan war; Feingold objects to absolutely no result

From HuffPo:

The 86-3 vote demonstrated widespread support for increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan. A House-Senate compromise should go to Obama shortly after Congress returns next month.

The sweeping legislation also would provide the International Monetary Fund with a new $100 billion credit line and provides $1.5 billion to fight a potential flu epidemic.

A few Democrats said that if they don't see measurable progress in Afghanistan they would rethink their support. The Afghanistan effort is projected to cost more than Iraq starting next year.


"The majority of Afghans do not support a surge in U.S. forces and a majority in the south even oppose the presence of U.S. troops," Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., said in a statement. "Sending significantly more troops to Afghanistan now could end up doing more harm than good _ further inflaming civilian resentment without significantly contributing to stability in that country."

Silly Feingold. This isn't about what Afghans want. It's about sending a big F U to China and Russia -- the Middle East is our turf. It's not like anyone's going to get killed except some unfortunate Afghans and working-class kids who fill the ranks of the US military, anyway, right?