Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Afghanistan and Democratic primaries

Seeking a foothold in the U.S. Senate race, long-shot Democratic contender Maurice Ferre on Tuesday sided with his party's most liberal wing and said he opposes President Barack Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan.

Ferre's main rival, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami, was among a minority of Democratic members of Congress who publicly praised the president's plan last week. Meek said in a statement that the troop surge ``puts us on a course for success that we lacked for many years.''

But Ferre said the military escalation will drive terrorists into other countries and that the costs will detract from domestic priorities like healthcare reform.

This is being repeated all over the country.

Opposition to Obama's planned troop increases in Afghanistan is fueling Democratic primary challenges.

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