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That’s nothing, you should hear what some of the military rank and file think of this strategy…

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Obey’s “War Surtax” An Old, Tired Idea

Much like Dave Obey, it’s a vintage idea of the anti-war left for years.  Except of course with Obey, it is a nice look into the liberal mindset of “How We View Wars.”

See, to Obey and friends (And by friends, I’m gonna say the rest of the Democratic members in the Wisconsin Congressional delegation), they don’t view wars as the way one defends freedom.  To them, they see them as an unfair means to end the progressive advancement in America.

Don’t believe me?  Just read Obey’s own words.

The White House says domestic politics is irrelevant to its pending Afghanistan decision, but domestic politicians beg to differ. “There ain’t going to be no money for nothing if we pour it all into Afghanistan,” the liberal warhorse David Obey told ABC’s Jonathan Karl, before threatening a “war surtax” if President Obama does end up granting General Stanley McChrystal’s request for 40,000 more troops.

“That’s what happened with the Vietnam War, which wiped out the Great Society,” the House Appropriations Chairman said with his customary subtlety. “That’s what happened with the Korean War, which wiped out Harry Truman’s Square Deal. That’s what happened with the end of the progressive movement before the ’20s when we went into World War I. In each case, the costs of those wars shut off our ability to pay for anything else.”

Well, that’s one reading of 20th-century national security, but another way of putting it is that the real liberal objection to the war on terror is that it takes away from domestic spending priorities like ObamaCare. For many Democrats, the goal isn’t victory in Afghanistan, but victory on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Obey last floated a war surtax in the Iraq debate of 2007, and this year’s iteration would be imposed on all taxpayers up to 5% on the highest income bracket. Combined with the House health-care surcharge of 5.4 percentage points and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, that would bring the top federal marginal rate to above 50%. Economic growth, in other words, would be hostage to both the anti-antiterror and the single-payer left, if that isn’t redundant.

I’ve read Obey’s said much the same about World War II ending the New Deal.

Here’s hoping the Duffy Campaign jumps on this.

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Karzai Elected President of Afghanistan

With the run-off officially over with the news of challenger Abdullah Abdullah dropping out, the ruling President Hamid Karzai was declared the winner by the nation’s elections commission.

Afghan election officials canceled a presidential runoff and proclaimed the reelection of President Hamid Karzai on Monday, a day after Karzai’s top challenger declared he would not take part in a second round of voting scheduled for Saturday because of a persistent risk of fraud.

“The Independent Election Commission declares the esteemed Hamid Karzai as the president . . . because he was the winner of the first round and the only candidate in the second round,” commission’s chairman Azizullah Lodin told a news conference.

Earlier, the commission’s chief electoral officer, Daoud Ali Najafi, told reporters that there would be no second round of the presidential election following the withdrawal Sunday of Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister. Abdullah had demanded major changes to guard against a repetition of the widespread fraud that was found to have marred the first round in August. Faced with rejection of his demands, Abdullah said he was pulling out because the runoff would not be fair.

Lodin said that after consulting legal experts, the seven-member commission had decided by consensus to cancel the runoff and declare Karzai the winner of a second five-year term.

Peppered with questions about how the commission reached its conclusion, Lodin said, “It’s like a wrestling match. If one wrestler refuses to wrestle, the referee raises the hand of the other and declares him the winner.”

Solid analogy.

Biggest question this now lays on the table is how will it effect the Obama White House’s strategy for the Afghan War.  For weeks, members of the Administration have been using the pending elections in the nation as the chief reason they haven’t announced any sort of military strategy.  Now, there’s smart stalling — like waiting until a nation elects or re-elects a leader — and there’s stalling for the sake of stalling.  We’ve now entered the latter phase.

Current statements from the administration are they will not be saying anything about Afghanistan for the next couple of weeks.  That seems odd since many in the military intelligence community (and the diplomatic corps) saw the Karzai victory as likely.

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