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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Hill: Afghanistan war votes lie far ahead for the Speaker of the House

"But he won’t find many opponents among the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), of which Obama was once a member. Though CBC members were strongly against Bush’s moves in Iraq, many appear to be giving Obama the benefit of the doubt.

“'I think there needs to be a lot of deference to commanders in the field,' said Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.).

“'The president has to be given time for his policies to work,' added Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) as he and Butterfield walked into a CBC meeting.

"CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is perhaps the most ardent war opponent in Congress, as the lone vote against the 2001 Afghanistan war. But even she spoke deferentially about Obama’s plan.

“'I thought it was a very thoughtful and compelling speech,' Lee said. 'But I’m totally opposed to his decision to escalate the war.'

"And she’s not trying to whip up her colleagues to vote against the troop buildup.

“'We haven’t even heard if there will be a vote,' Lee said."

Lee: "His agenda is our agenda."

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