Obey Tells Obama: Afghanistan War Tax or No Surge


obey murtha.jpgIn 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


5 comments on “Obey Tells Obama: Afghanistan War Tax or No Surge

  1. Jo Ann Crouch says:

    It’s beyond me that President Obama wants the health insurance
    reform bill to be deficit neutral but says nothing about the wars
    being deficit neutral.
    Who has power & duty to decide when & where to fight wars, to
    raise funding to pay for them, & to oversee the military? It’s the
    Congress or have we forgotten? http://bit.ly/5Khipm


  2. Just another guy says:

    Wipe out every initiative? What initiatives? What exactly is he talking about? Maybe the stimulus that hasn’t worked and of which from the first tranch of payments almost 68 percent went to pay state medicare bills? Or the auto bail out that ended with.. us selling Chrysler to Fiat? Or TARP which did… what exactly? And he says he’s going to ask the White House to pay for the troop increase? Where was Obey when the House passed a completely out of control climate change bill that in the end has severely hurt the efforts to pass CC legislation? Or where was he when the House passed the $1 trillion+ healthcare bill? Seeing John Murtha standing next to Obey in the picture says it all — the Grumpy Old Nuts Caucus held a press conference to blather and rant. These two are primary reasons the House has a national approval rating under 25 percent. Fortunately, cooler heads will prevail in the Senate and Obey will show yet again why he’s nothing more than a sideshow on the Hill.


  3. curtis moore says:

    A war tax is a great idea. keep up the push


  4. DonS says:

    Well it’s good to have someone with at least theoretical clout stick their neck out a bit, and with the populist cudgel of debt control no less. (of course we all know “national security” comes out of a different pocket, with different or non existent thresholds that domestic spending is subject to).
    Well it might just be interesting to watch the spectacle of President Obama going on national television to argue for a surge which is sure to turn the corner in Afghanistan in, what 6 months, 2 years, who knows, at which time the Afghans will be “standing up” to take over responsibility for thier own security. Of course there will be the Obamaesque “new policy” required by his current marathon brain trust meetings.


  5. Outraged American says:

    Go Obey!
    I love it how the Brits don’t hesitate to call out Zionism & its
    influence on the Iraq invasion.
    OT but important, the UK is starting its Iraq war inquiry and I
    thought this article was priceless ( I read antiwar.com so that
    you don’t have to…)
    Why IS Iraq now the “Forgotten War” — that used to be
    Afghanistan’s star turn?
    From the UK Independent —
    The key question – is Blair a war criminal?
    The terms of reference for the new Iraq inquiry allow for the big
    unknowns to be tackled. And we might just get to the truth
    We need to know more about the exchanges between George
    Bush and Tony Blair. According to Colin Powell, the then US
    secretary of state, he and Jack Straw sometimes tried to get Blair
    to hold Bush back. “Jack and I would get him all pumped up
    about an issue. And he’d be ready to say, ‘Look here, George’.
    But as soon as he saw the president he would lose all his steam.”
    Can this be true?
    When Bush tried to persuade President Chirac to go to war, Bush
    compared Saddam Hussein with Gog and Magog, obscure
    legendary figures named in the book of Ezekiel as enemies of
    the people of Israel. This sounds like a joke, but seems to be
    true. Chirac was baffled and his staff consulted a professor of
    theology who spilt the beans. Blair told his Iraq experts that
    Saddam was “uniquely evil”; the inquiry should ask him whether
    Bush mentioned Gog and Magog to him, or he to Bush.
    The Prime Minister’s choice of the members of the committee
    has been criticised. None is a military man, Sir John Chilcot was
    a member of the Hutton inquiry and has been closely involved
    with the security services, Baroness Prashar has no relevant
    experience, Sir Roderic Lyne was a serving ambassador at the
    time of the war, and so on.
    Rather less attention has been paid to the curious appointment
    of two historians (which seems a lot, out of a total of five), both
    strong supporters of Tony Blair and/or the Iraq war. In December
    2004 Sir Martin Gilbert, while pointing out that the “war on
    terror” was not a third world war, wrote that Bush and Blair “may
    well, with the passage of time and the opening of the archives,
    join the ranks of Roosevelt and Churchill” – an eccentric opinion
    that would se em to rule him out as a member of the committee.
    Sir Lawrence Freedman is the reputed architect of the “Blair
    doctrine” of humanitarian intervention, which was invoked in
    Kosovo and Afghanistan as well as Iraq.
    Both Gilbert and Freedman are Jewish, and Gilbert at least has a
    record of active support for Zionism. Such facts are not usually
    mentioned in the mainstream British and American media, but
    The Jewish Chronicle and the Israeli media have no such
    inhibitions, and the Arabic media both in London and in the
    region are usually not far behind.
    And another from antiwar.com on Iran and Zionist influence on
    what seems to be an inevitable attack:
    The Israel Lobby, the Neocons, and the Iranian-American
    I was looking at Obey’s website and he’s also trying to reign in
    the credit card companies. GO DAVE!


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