Boehner offers to help Obama on Afghanistan


In today’s Washington Post political section we find out that House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has promised the President that he will find him the votes that he needs to fund the ramping up of the war in Afghanistan.  The story is entitled Boehner offers to help Obama on Afghanistan and offers an insight into the surreal situation we have now  consisting of a Democratic President waging war without his Party’s support and looking to political adversaries to find that support.

These are indeed strange days here in the nation’s capital. Who could have seen this circus coming this time last year? This resembles a 1940’s B-movie starring Ronald Reagan. The following is an excerpt from this unusual article:

     "One day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she wouldn’t help President Obama round up votes to support his troop surge in Afghanistan, an offer of assistance came forth from an unlikely source — House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).

"I think the president has made a responsible decision with regard to our plan to succeed in Afghanistan, and I will work to make sure that our troops get everything they need in order to succeed," Boehner said at his regular press briefing Thursday, after being asked about the Speaker’s remarks.

Pelosi, who has expressed personal misgivings about the wisdom of sending more troops to Afghanistan, made clear Wednesday that many members of her caucus felt the same way about the war and that she had promised not to "ever ask them to vote for it" again. With a supplemental appropriation of at least $30 billion necessary next year to pay for the added troops, a significant bloc of Democratic opposition in the House means that the funding will have to pass with GOP support. That’s where Boehner comes in."

I don’t get it.  I thought that we were electing a Democrat into the White House.  It appears that we elected someone entirely different.  What in the HELL is happening?

CWO3 Tom Barnes, USCG (Ret.)


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