Yesterday in an exclusive interview with ThinkProgress, Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) said President Obama’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan is “insufficient.” McGovern predicted that “the anti war movement in Congress is going to continue to grow and intensify,” while Jones said he is optimistic that more Republicans will begin speaking out.
Seeming to allude to the neocons — whom he referred to as “this kind of elite group who always weigh in on foreign policy” — McGovern also criticized those pushing for continuing the war in Afghanistan. He included in that group “the editorial page of one of the newspapers in this great city where they view any kind of change in policy as somehow a retreat or a failure” — an apparent reference to what liberal blogger Duncan Black regularly calls “Fred Hiatt’s crayon scribble page“:
MCGOVERN: They are obsessed with the U.S. saving face. Well, you know, changing things to make things better is not a weakness. You know if you pursue a policy that’s not working and getting yourself out of that mess, that’s not a weakness, that’s intelligence, that’s smart. I wish some of these people would be less worried about saving face and more worried about saving American lives.
Jones and McGovern got some support from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) yesterday, who also criticized Obama’s plan for not going far enough. “Many of us would like to see this go faster than the path that was laid out. However, it may [go faster],” said Pelosi. The Hill reported that she “volunteered” that statement “during a Capitol Hill press conference dominated by budget issues.”