Democrats Lose Patience Over Wars, Gitmo

Support ebbs on left as Obama's security plans look uncertain
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2009 9:41 AM CDT
John Murtha, right, and David Obey make remarks on a war funding bill, Nov. 20, 2007.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Democrats are having misgivings about the war in Afghanistan and the shuttering of Guantanamo Bay, particularly in the more liberal House, the New York Times reports. Though Congress is sure to approve another $96.7 billion in war funding, the House took out $80 million to close Guantanamo, saying the White House must provide more details. If Afghanistan worsens, President Obama could find himself on a short leash.

Rep. David Obey says he’ll give Obama a year to demonstrate progress in Afghanistan, just as he gave Nixon a year on Vietnam, but he’s “extremely dubious” Obama can accomplish his goals. “It’s wrong,” Rep. Alan Grayson says of the Afghan war. “There is no need in the 21st century to do this to make us safe.” (Read more Barack Obama stories.)