Capuano: 'Declare victory and come home'
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#1 Nov 10, 2009
When they come to visit us in the US where will we set up the front ?Just the type of leadership we need -I was really glad to see you found the womens kids in Somilia-how about the families in Mass.?
#2 Nov 10, 2009
1.two mutually exclusive events; no problem with military counter-insurgency, send the Special Forces everywhere when needed, not an occupation force waiting to get picked off in your humbee; If you want to stay there for 100 years, get the cash up; oh and make sure you, your kids, or relatives sign up and go.
2.Somalia/MA families. As if some Republican is going to help " families in Mass". makes no sense.
#3 Nov 10, 2009
Colin Powell got it right years ago wit the Powell Doctrine. Two key elements of that doctrine were that no US troops should be committed to battle unless there were clear objectives that could be accomplished with the force proposed, and that no troops should be committed until there is a clear exit strategy for disengaging once those objectives were achieved. No one from the past administration or the current one has said what the troops now being considered for deployment are expected to accomplish, and how those goals will advance the national interest. Right now, we are propping up a corrupt government that has the support of very few of its subjects. With our help, Karzai stole the election in ways that would embarrass a pro wrestling villain. Karzai's own brother is deeply involved in the drug trade. Remember the threads not too long ago about the increasing toll of opioid dependence in the US? That's our ally in Afghanistan. American troops are dying there so they can poison us here. Bin Laden is long gone from there, so American troops there are not helping to capture him. The Taliban are awful to their own people, but not much more so than the Chinese or the Saudis, who we embrace with open arms. I don't see anyone calling for us to attack them. A large part of the current insurgency is not even Taliban. It is local warlords who are fighting our occupation. They don't want us in their country and all they want is for us to leave. They don't want to follow us home, they just want us to go home.
The current policy in Afghanistan, and that advocated by the militsry for the future is just a slow motion disaster.
#4 Nov 10, 2009
While I agree with some of what he is saying in this article, I don't believe he is being sincere. His record seems to fall right in line with Kennedy and I would like to see Ma. get a change. He has run unopposed all these years, at least this time he has people running against him.
U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano has missed more Capitol Hill votes than all but nine of the nation’s 435 members of Congress, skipping key tallies this year on veterans issues, defense spending, highway funding and the impeachment of a federal judge, records show.
Capuano, who has boasted he is the Senate hopeful that most “closely mirrors” late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, ranks 10th in missed votes among members of Congress, blowing off 128 votes - or 14 percent - this year, according to congressional records compiled by The Washington Post.
This I think is also a negative for him. I do not like Pelosi at all.
Congressman Capuano was appointed Chairman of the Speaker's Task Force on Ethics Enforcement by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with whom he has a close relationship.
Another negative in my opinion is Capuano is considered to be one of the biggest supporters in Congress for increasing international aid funding. He has become a voice for victims of the crisis in the Sudan and has secured new funding bills aimed at assisting poor African nations. That is fine when our country can afford it, but we really haven't been able to afford it since 9/11 happened.
#5 Nov 10, 2009
to amused, that was a great post , so very well said, you said it all, have a nice day,
#6 Nov 10, 2009
If he's with Pelosi thaen that's huge RED FLAG right there. On top of of that he's Mr. NO Show.
International Aid Funding? Duh, we need it here first. Capuano's got his priorities wrong. He's completely out of touch.
#7 Nov 10, 2009
Declare failure and take your places in hell.
#8 Nov 11, 2009
Didn't he(Obama) declare during the campaign while criticising the plan in Iraq as a war of choice, that Afghanistan was a war of necessity? Is necessity another word liberals don't know the meaning of like lying and unilateral? Did all you who voted for him know he was lying?
I'm sure there is a plan. I never bought that there was a lack of strategy in Iraq and I don't buy it here. I don't mind his contemplation up to a point. We need to be deliberate and not rush into a decision. We see how that has worked with Stimulus and the current house health care reform bill. Obama needs political courage.
It does seem like people don't remember what democratic pols say or at least don't care if they flip. Remember the regime change in Iraq was a Clinton era policy that passed the Senate 98-0. Go back and read the speeches of leading Dems in the late 90's about the dangers that Saddam presented. Yet less than 5 years later many of that 98 voted against the Iraq war. And of course many of the 98 who voted for the war when it was popular in late 2002 and 2003 changed with the wind when their own rhetoric made it unpopular. Bush at least had the courage to order the surge which has stabilised the situation. Let's see if Obama has that courage.
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