Senator Levin: partisanship has no place during war

October 19, 2009

A war of words over U.S. policy on Afghanistan is heating up between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill as they await President Barack Obama’s new strategy.

“This kind of partisanship in the middle of a war I find to be really out of place,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, a Democrat, said.

He was responding to House of Representatives Republican leader John Boehner’s statement that “the current political uncertainty should not be used as a pretext for the White House to back away from the counter-insurgency strategy the president announced in March.”

Levin, at the Reuters Washington Summit, said former Republican President George W. Bush took three months to decide on the troop surge in Iraq — “Nobody was saying that President Bush is jeopardizing anything by taking three months to deliberate on a new strategy.”

Levin said he agrees with much of what General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says.

“One of the things he (McChrystal) says is the deliberative process is useful and healthy. So, I wish Boehner would listen to McChrystal,” Levin said.

For more news from the Reuters Washington Summit, click here.

Photo credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst (Senator Carl Levin at Reuters Washington Summit)


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We had that kind of partisan ship in the run-up to the vote on the Iraq war. How’d that work out? John Boehner, eternal suntan of the spotless mind.

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Regarding making a decision as to what to do in afghanistan ,Obama would love to pull out to appease the left fringe of his party.But in doing so, he is not prepared to risk a terrorist takeover,plus the conservatives are trying to hold him to explain the contradiction of election statements he made.The only solution is to hold back and leek negative reports that will bring down public support for the troops remaining there.This will allow him to say that he is following the wishes of the people,this is why he is allowing Biden to speak freely against troop increases.Another classic example of this policy is to try to sound indignant that there might have been election fraud,when the reality is because elections took place is an achievement.This sounds hollow when we have seen the activities of acorn,and living in California we know a certain lady was elected to congress partially because of the illegal votes she received.

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