Friday :: Nov 20, 2009

Pelosi lowers the boom on Karzai, says no big troop buildup!


by Turkana

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi today unloaded on Afghan "President" Hamid Karzai, and made clear that the House will not go along with a major troop buildup in Afghanistan.

Reuters:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is an "unworthy partner" who does not deserve a big boost either in U.S. troops or civilian aid, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

Pelosi, a skeptic on sending more troops to Afghanistan, also said in an interview with National Public Radio aired on Friday that there was not strong support among her fellow Democrats in Congress for "any big ramp-up of troops" to oppose resurgent Taliban forces.

She told NPR she had asked fellow Democrats to give President Barack Obama room to decide his Afghan strategy, which is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Once Obama, also a Democrat, announces his decision, lawmakers would "not be shy" about responding, she said.

"The president of Afghanistan has proven to be an unworthy partner. We cannot fund a mission where we don't have a reliable partner and where whatever civilian investments we want to make, which are so necessary, will be diverted for a corrupt purpose," Pelosi told NPR News' Morning Edition.

A stolen election, a lack of clear purpose, an ambassador opposed to the buildup, and a skeptical president. Let's hope the president decides against the escalation, but even if he doesn't, it's clear that the Democratic House won't support one.

(h/t T2)

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