In an interview with ABC News, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey stated that sending more troops would be a mistake that could “wipe out every initiative we have to rebuild our own economy.”
He continues, “If they ask for an increased troop commitment in Afghanistan, I am going to ask them to pay for it.”
From the ABC report:
“On the merits, I think it is a mistake to deepen our involvement,” Obey said. “But if we are going to do that, then at least we ought to pay for it. Because if we don’t, if we don’t pay for it, the cost of the Afghan war will wipe out every initiative we have to rebuild our own economy.”
Here is the video clip of the ABC interview.
— Steve Clemons