Friday, September 11, 2009

Obama Faces Doubts From Democrats on Afghanistan

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From: barry levine <>
Date: Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 7:54 AM
Subject: re: Obama Faces Doubts From Democrats on Afghanistan

To the Editor:
     In September 2001, peoples and governments around the world stood united to join the U.S. it our battle with Al Qaeda. Key allies in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia recognized the common threat, to themselves as much as to our government.  President Bush preferred to assert broad war-time powers and proceeded to alienate allies on the front line by calling for "crusade".  It is against this background that president Obama now pitches his case for Afghanistan. There is no support for a military occupation, and scant support for nation-building.  If president Obama means to rally the American people, it must be for the original task of eliminating the threat from Al Qaeda.
Barry Levine

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