Pelosi warns: Expect a “serious drawdown” in Afghanistan next year

posted at 9:27 pm on June 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

It’s cute that lefties are still threatening to cut funding for the war, knowing how that worked out three years ago vis-a-vis Iraq and assured of the fact that Congress will be much redder next year when decision time for Afghanistan comes.

Which, mind you, is not to say she’s wrong about The One ordering a “serious drawdown.”

In an exclusive interview with the Huffington Post, Pelosi made clear that while recent talk has hinted that the administration’s stated goal of a June 2011 start date for a troop drawdown may be open to change, her commitment to it remains firm.

“I think we’ll have a serious drawdown, I don’t think it’ll be, as [the president] said, turning out the lights,” said Pelosi…

The timeframe for troop presence in the country, however, depends in large part on Congress’s willingness to cut the check. And in her sit-down with the HuffPost, Pelosi hinted quite strongly that she may not have the votes to pass war appropriations without conditions attached for paring down U.S. military operations.

“I don’t know how many votes there are in the caucus, even condition-based, for the war, hands down. I just don’t. We’ll see what the shape of it is the day of the vote,” she said.

Bill Kristol’s right that Obama gave a good, surprisingly Bush-ian answer in some respects about Afghanistan when quizzed about it yesterday at the G20. But he’s still vowing to “begin a process of transition” next year, and with bad news piling up — public support flagging, McChrystal’s last progress report to NATO bleak, Karzai reportedly trying to make nice with top warlord/jihadi all-star/Pakistani proxy Sirajuddin Haqqani — realistically, nothing short of another miracle Petraeus turnaround is going to leave him eager to keep troop levels high much beyond the 2011 deadline. Hence the “obsession” with the withdrawal date: Everyone, first and foremost Pakistan and the Taliban, understands that conditions on the ground around July of next year will determine what happens to the U.S. footprint afterwards. It’s amazing that Obama would create that situation by naming a date and now be annoyed that people are treating it as something significant. Click the image to watch.

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With this attitude they will lose 70 seats in November.

Conan on June 29, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The polls show a different picture. Never underestimate the stupidity of the average American.

angryed on June 29, 2010 at 8:05 AM

She won’t be the legislative agenda deciderperson next year.

Akzed on June 29, 2010 at 9:21 AM

yeah? Expect a DEM drawdown this fall!

johnnyU on June 29, 2010 at 9:54 AM

We’re not supposed to pay attention to what dear leader actually says, just listen to his soothing words and look at the nice smile.

Kissmygrits on June 29, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Pelosi is freakin delusional next year she isn’t going to be speaker of the house and the progressives are not going to be calling the shots on anything…talk about whistling past the graveyard.

Dr Evil on June 29, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Just the other day, President Obama made the claim that he was going to direct major cutbacks in Discretionary funding.

Therein lies the basic problem of government – its egooffy definitions of budgetese. Contrary to common sense and ones basic understanding of English. Mandatory vs. Discretionary have been reversed in their meaning when it comes to budget items.

First, one must understand that Mandatory does not mean these items are required to funded first because they are mandatory (they must fund these programs) to carrying out the Constitutional mandated functions of government.

Second, to call funding discretionary means that the president and members of congress have discretion in funding it or not.

There are several other areas of the governments budget which also fall into this strangeness and also are causing the government to go bankrupt mandating funding programs that are not Constitutionally mandated.

MSGTAS on June 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM


The single most damaging blow to the war effort in Afghanistan is the damned timetable for withdrawal. The single most damaging blow is self-inflicted, by Obama. And his treacherous minions support him.

Obama, Pelosi and Reid did everything in their power to undermine the war effort in Iraq as well. How many terrorists were encouraged by their statements, from the halls of Congress and the Senate, that the war was unwinnable, or actually lost?

The rest is all politics. Trying to destroy the country by metastasizing the government and spending us into oblivion is one thing. But undermining the troops in time of war is unforgivable. Were there no other reasons, this treachery is reason enough to despise them in perpetuity.

novaculus on June 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

World leaders must be getting a pretty good laugh watching Pelosi and Mr. President contradict each other. If he can relieve someone of their command for undermining his mission why can’t he call her into his office and make her shut up?

scalleywag on June 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Pelosi warns: Expect a “serious drawdown” in Afghanistan next year

Can’t wait for next year, when Pelosi no longer makes any national news any more.

Pelosi Who??!!?! Only people in crazy San Francisco have to deal with her.

Sir Napsalot on June 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM

If the Seahag were on fire in the middle of the street, I would take the time to pi$$ on her!

csdeven on June 29, 2010 at 1:53 PM

She won’t be the legislative agenda deciderperson next year.

Akzed on June 29, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Deciderperson. Heh. That’s even better than “House Squeaker”.

Spiny Norman on June 29, 2010 at 6:55 PM

I’m going to be really glad when she loses her job in November and is no longer in the Speaker of the House seat in January. She can take that big ass gavel and shove it up her……

adamsmith on June 30, 2010 at 7:47 AM

Thank you Nancy, bring the troops home before the job is completed and ‘change’ the ‘hope’ they had that someone cared enough to teach them how to protect them as they grow more capable of governing themselves.

MSGTAS on June 30, 2010 at 9:42 AM

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