Kidding. But it’s fun to take partial credit it for it anyway. I’ve devoted a couple of posts to blasting MoveOn.org over the past few months for their awkward silence on Afghanistan(as recently as three days ago.) So it’s only fair that I highlight the email they sent out today. They’re finally putting pressure on Obama to get out of Afghanistan, in a nice and supportive way. Read Greg Sargent’s scoop here, the email here, and Gabriel Winant’s deja vu moment here.
Snippets from the email:
But other powerful voices are urging caution: Vice President Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel have raised real concerns about the idea of sending more troops to Afghanistan without a clear strategy, as have Democrats in Congress. And a majority of Americans oppose increasing troop levels…
…Some administration officials are arguing for a smaller, nimbler approach with a narrow focus on the threat from al-Qaeda. But cheerleaders for the war refuse to acknowledge that there could be any viable strategy other than more and more troops. So they’re trotting out the same tired old lines and questioning the motives of those who disagree with them.
They figure they can cut off any debate about our ultimate goals in Afghanistan and the region. But President Obama has consistently shown a willingness to stand up for his more thoughtful approach to foreign policy, and that’s what he needs to do here, too.
BONUS GLOAT: ‘Brian in NYC’, it seems I’ve now been vindicated in our long running battle in the comments section!