Skip to comments.Freshman lawmaker Jason Chaffetz goes against Republican grain on Afghan war
Posted on 07/13/2010 3:25:48 PM PDT by speciallybland
As the House neared a vote this month on funding for the war in Afghanistan, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) wanted reassurance. The lawmaker had criticized the surge of 30,000 troops President Obama authorized, saying that the United States does not have a clear policy or exit strategy. But he had not yet cast a vote against war funding.
He knew such a move would isolate him in the Republican Party; most GOP lawmakers strongly support the war effort even as they rail against almost everything else Obama has done. And Chaffetz is no moderate: He won his seat in 2008 running to the right of the conservative incumbent, has called for cutting federal employees' pay since taking office and has openly discussed a "tea party"-style challenge to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R) in 2012.
On the eve of the vote, Chaffetz called families of the three men from his district who have died in Afghanistan since he was elected and told them he was considering opposing the funding.
"This was one of the toughest votes I've had in Congress," Chaffetz said. "So I asked their opinion. And to a T, they all agreed with me."
So Chaffetz joined a tiny bloc in Congress: Republicans opposed to the Afghan war. Chaffetz, 43, voted for a measure that would bar the administration from funding anything other than withdrawals and another that would require Obama to present a plan by April for the "safe, orderly and expeditious redeployment of U.S. troops." Only nine House Republicans backed either measure.
"It may be slow, but if we continue to have votes like this, I think you will see a lot of Republicans shift to this point of view," Chaffetz said. "When you have people like George Will, I'm not an isolated incident."
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The whole thing is a joke now. The military is over there to get killed and to amuse the King of SA and the isla*ic world.
Funny thing, we never had an “exit strategy” against Hitler or the Japanese either, and no one of great importance demanding one either. I guess when your goal is “get it over” instead of to “get it done” you get your priorities with the cart (over) before the horse (done).
I’ve feared the same. But we must secure those mineral resources for the country who has the contracts: China. Seems a quid pro quo for them buying our debt.
Our military isn’t a mercenary group. They sure don’t get paid as such. Bring ‘em home.
Pakistan has 177million people. As soon as we clear nutters from Afghanistan the Pakistani’s just ship a new crop of nutters over the border.