Democratic fears over President Barack Obama’s Afghan-Pakistan policy spilled into the open Thursday as House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey warned he is “very concerned that it is going to wind up with us stuck in a problem at nobody knows how to get out of.”
After nearly eight years of war, largely in Iraq, Obey said the United States risks becoming consumed by another eight years of conflict that would “devour” President Barack Obama’s ability to make progress elsewhere.
“We can’t approach problems as if we’re permanent President of the Optimist Club,” he said in what some saw as a dig at the White House. “We have got to look at realities.”
The Wisconsin Democrat, who had been largely silent, spoke out first at a committee hearing Thursday and then elaborated on his position in an interview with POLITICO. He said he still expects this panel to act in early May on the president’s new war funding request but in his mind’s eye, sees this as only a one year commitment unless more progress is shown by especially Pakistan.
Emphasis mine…and I don’t have much comment on this other than to say — Hahahahaha-ha-ha!