Once again, President Obama finds himself in the middle of a complicated political equation: after two months of deliberating a military strategy on Afghanistan, and catching heat from Republicans for perceived “weakness”, the President came out with a plan for 30,000 additional troops to the Afghan front—and promptly opened himself up to attack from his own base. Liberals in Congress, particularly those from the California delegation, are threatening everything from stalling funding for the troop surge in Afghanistan to disrupting the President’s domestic agenda. Can the new Afghanistan strategy survive liberal angst?
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA’s 9th District (Oakland); member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee & the Committee on State & Foreign Operations
Phyllis Bennis, Director of the Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy studies