Rohrabacher Supporting Kucinich Afghanistan Exit Resolution


rohrabacher.jpgI just hosted a media conference call for the Afghanistan Study Group with Republican California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA-46) on his views about America’s course in Afghanistan.
I will be posting soon the audio clip from the short and fascinating call.
One of the zingers, however, is when Dana Rohrabacher said that he had to rush down to the floor of the House to vote “yes” on Representative Dennis Kucinich‘s (D-OH-10) bill calling for the administration to move troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year.
Rohrabacher acknowledged that he is on the other side of Kucinich on most issues about 98% of the time. My instinct tells me it’s more like 99.9% of the time, but it’s clear that more and more Republicans are expressing reservations and concerns about the course of the Afghanistan War.
Haley Barbour put his marker on the table earlier this week.
— Steve Clemons


2 comments on “Rohrabacher Supporting Kucinich Afghanistan Exit Resolution

  1. Don Bacon says:

    Some democracy.
    WaPo poll:


  2. JohnH says:

    If Republicans expect to be credible about their signature issue this year–debt reduction–they need to address unfunded “defense” spending. Social Security and Medicare both have revenue streams that roughly support their annual outlays. But the discretionary budget, a huge chunk of which is “defense” related spending, has not had proper funding for decades, ultimately resulting in three consecutive years of $Trillion plus deficits. (Maybe wealthy elites don’t want to pay for foreign adventurism? Good for them!)
    In any case, Republicans need to either raise taxes to support military adventurism or else they better start cutting–big time. Afghanistan is the obvious place to start, particularly since foreign policy insiders have long since lost the ability to articulate any convincing reason for the US presence (a repeat of what happened in Iraq 5 years ago).
    Republicans have positioning themselves as the macho party, so they’re the ones who have to take the lead. Best wishes to Rohrabacher on this one issue.


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