CA Dems to Obama: Get Out of Afghanistan

Craig Brown

Norman Solomon shares this with us tonight, from the San Francisco Chronicle's PoliticsBlog:

The California Democratic Party just sent a loud message to President Obama, who is pondering the next U.S. move in Afghanistan: Get out.

The state's Dems have gone on record with a Get Out message before -- like at their confab last summer. But this one is more specific. And bolder. Marin County activist and media critic Norman Solomon passes on that the CDP's 300-member statewide exec board passed a resolution Sunday called: "End the U.S. Occupation and Air War in Afghanistan." You can find the resolution here.

Update: CA Dem Party czar John Burton just called to weigh in on
this. He says Obama has two choices now: Go all in and give Gen.
Stanley McChrystal what he wants or begin a pullout.

The politics of it, according to Burton: If Obama proposes something
less than what McChyrstal wants and the mission goes sideways, "The
Republicans will pound him for it."

"It's not going to work over there," Burton told us. "You've got a corrupt govenment. The guy put together a ticket of drug lords and war lords."

Plus, Burton said he "doesn't have a lot of confidence" in McChyrstal after the general's role in the misclassifcation of Pat Tillman's death.

Burton remembers when a forerunner of the Cal Dem Party opposed
LBJ's oversight of the Vietnam War -- soon thereafter its leader was
bounced. As for whether he expects any other state party organizations
to follow suit. "I hope so," he said. "We just do what we do."

Writes Norman Solomon:

"The resolution supports 'a timetable for withdrawal of our military
personnel' and calls for 'an end to the use of mercenary contractors as
well as an end to air strikes that cause heavy civilian casualties.'
Advocating multiparty talks inside Afghanistan, the resolution also
urges Obama 'to oversee a redirection of our funding and resources to
include an increase in humanitarian and developmental aid.'

"While Obama weighs Afghanistan policy options, the California
Democratic Party's adoption of the resolution is the most tangible
indicator yet that escalation of the U.S. war effort can only fuel
opposition within the president's own party -- opposition that has
already begun to erode his political base."

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