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Tim Pawlenty doubles down on Afghanistan

By Aaron Blake

Even as newly leaked documents show an increasingly grim picture of the war in Afghanistan, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on Monday made the case for a more open-ended and potentially larger commitment in the near decade-long war.

Comparing the situation to pre-surge Iraq, the potential 2012 presidential contender said at a breakfast with reporters that President Obama's intention to begin withdrawing troops starting next year amounts to an arbitrary timeline.

Pawlenty, who just returned from a visit to Iraq and Afghanistan, said he hopes the current surge, which isn't yet complete, is enough. But he also said he wouldn't be opposed, out of hand, to more troops. "I don't presuppose that we need more than that, but we might," Pawlenty said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Pawlenty said Afghan leaders need to do a better job of communicating just what they need from the American presence in the country. But he said the mission requires some "strategic patience."

"I would say that we are committed to be there until those objectives are met," Pawlenty said, noting that important groups in the area are "hedging their bets" in case the mission doesn't succeed.

Pawlenty's rhetoric on Afghanistan is in keeping with the approach to the country other potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates like former Govs. Mitt Romney (Mass.) and Sarah Palin (Alaska) have advocated and continues the Minnesota governor's broad-scale assertion of conservative principles on a variety of issues foreign and domestic.

On Monday, for example, Pawlenty offered a number of red-meat Republican talking points:

* On bailouts, he said big banks should have been allowed to fail and that the bailed-out auto companies should have gone into bankruptcy.

* On President Obama's $787 billion stimulus package, Pawlenty said it was too big and "largely ineffective."

* On Arizona's stringent new immigration law, he said the law has been "wildly mischaracterized" by its opponents and that it provides necessary safeguards against racial profiling.

* On Social Security, he called the current setup "astonishingly stupid" before checking himself and subbing the word "unwise" for "stupid."

Nearly all of Pawlenty's actions suggest he will at least dip his toe in the water in about six months' time. (He has said he will make a decision on the race by early next year.)

Pawlenty insisted Monday that he's not basing his decision on what those other candidates do. Indeed, he admitted that he might not have that luxury, given that someone like Palin can afford to wait and make her decision at a later date because of her national profile. Pawlenty is barely known nationally -- even among Republican activists.

Pawlenty also must demonstrate that he, as a two-term governor from a relatively small state, has the foreign policy know-how and vision to go toe-to-toe with President Obama come fall 2012.

Pawlenty's appearance today as well as his recent trips to the region are rightly regarded as an attempt to bolster his credibility on matters of foreign policy and national security in a field that, at least as currently comprised, is decidedly thin in both regards.

By The Fix  |  July 26, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
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"Its easy for Pawlenty to say we have to increase our commitment. After all, he's a politicians who sits comfortably at home while the troops are sweating and dying. Posted by: DarrylScott"

It's even easier for Tim because, having not the slightest concept of what we have for an Army, he calls for troops we don't have to be sent off to war he doesn't understand.

Tim apparently thinks that, along with those famous jeeps in cosmoline we have whole divisions wrapped in cosmoline standing right next to the jeeps ready to be unwrapped and sent off to war.

Apparently he doesn't realize that a thousand troops cost $100 million a year to raise and about as much to equip and deploy. Republicans don't have to account for manpower or costs, of course, that would be tedious and detract from the whole IDEA THING.

When Tim demonstrates he understands that things cost money and raising money means raising taxes, he might be entitled to an opinion on Afghanistan.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 27, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Loud mouth Tim and his party had 8 years to come up with something that worked and it failed. Idiots Bush and Rummy bragged that the war would last three days and three weeks at the most. WOW! Now that they are out of power they all want to be experts secretly hoping nothing will work for the dems. The very best solution is "COME HOME".

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | July 27, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I guess we should ask why Obama continues a war that was probably a very bad idea in the first place.. it's like the holiday office party where you have acted badly.. but are too drunk to quickly catch a ride home.

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 27, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Reality Check on Pawlenty.

From March:

"A SurveyUSA poll released last week shows Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s approval rating at its lowest level in his career as governor. And that drop in support is happening as Pawlenty works to improve his standing among national Republicans in advance of a likely bid for president in 2012. The poll also showed a significant drop in support for Republicans among poll respondents.

Pawlenty earned the approval of just 42 percent of those polled, while 66 percent disapproved."
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This guy's support is not even measurable.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I would say that Gov. Pawlenty has as much foreign affairs knowledge as Barack Obama did and he was a U.S. Senator!

Posted by: csa178 | July 26, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Free political ad for Pawlenty. Check.

This is beyond silly. Is anybody but Fix following this guy? And what's with the semi-weekly non-news stories about him. He's no longer competitive, so who cares what he thinks about Afghanistan?

Don't get it.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 26, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Uncle_Joe wrote,
"I'm not actually sure what the heck Brigade stands for, other than hatred of Obama."
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Develop some reading skills. I don't hate Obama; I just don't think he's doing a very good job. I do oppose some of his policies---tripling down in Afghanistan is one of them.
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"I can't help but suspect that if Obama calls for exiting, Brigade will be all for sending as many troops, for as long as it takes."

Suspect whatever you like. I'm not a policy-maker.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Brigade, when you write that "it's his war now" stuff you sound like a Cut and Run Republican who can't stand up to the stupid choices his own party made.

It IS Obama's war now. 64 million Americans asked him to take over.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 4:19 PM
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Not sure what point you're making. The mission should be counter-terrorism, not nation-building and counter-insurgency. USMC1969 was correct. You try to kill the bad guys (with drones or whatever) and minimize your own casualties. Tripling down was a mistake. People enlist in the Armed Forces to defend America, not to serve as mercenaries in foreign adventures
to protect the poll numbers of politicians who'd crawl under the bed if they ever heard a shot.

We're in a bad spot now because the neo-con Republicans, including McCain, are all for the Obama policy, except they want a lot more of it. And most Dems are too spineless to speak out against the policy as long as Obama's the president.

Unfortunately, the Republican opponent for Obama in 2012 will likely be someone with Pawlenty's attitude, even if it isn't Pawlenty himself. At least then maybe some of the Dems would grow a spine and question this effort like they did Iraq.

This country has become quick to get mired in foreign wars and slow to resolve the conflicts. Al Qaeda is vitually non-existent in Afghanistan at this time; Osama Bin Laden is long gone. And we're asking people to die in a conflict where they have rules of engagement that make it hard to defend themselves, a lack of material resources because the leaders worry about the cost, and leaders who are more concerned with protecting the lives of Afghan citizens than their own soldiers.

I say declare victory and get out, leaving only the necessary resources to conduct the drone attacks. If that's "cut and run", then so be it. As I've said before, if you're afraid someone might get hurt or angry with you, you probably shouldn't get mired down in these sort of circumstances. A war is won when your enemies surrender or they're all dead. Do you see that happening here?

The number of people who voted for Obama is irrelevant to the subject. Bush was elected twice, but we still haven't found any WMDs in Iraq.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

You state that Pawlenty is a two term governor who needs to demonstrate that he knows foreign policy. Is Sarah Palin going to be held to the same standard? She didnt even complete a 1/2 term as governor. Does being able to see Russia from her house really qualify as foreign policy experience? The american people deserve to be governed by qualified people not the circus of stooges, both right and left,currently said to be interested in running.

Posted by: PhantomU | July 26, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Afghan leaders have been very clear already about what they need from from the Americans: "quit blowing up the wrong people".

Beyond that, who really cares what this lot of alleged "Afghan leaders" want from us? American military force effectively put them into power, and their continued power is probably equally dependent upon that same force... so naturally, THEY want us to stay. However, most of the Afghan people predictably just want us gone... why aren't we listening to them?

Control and governance of Afghanistan is a matter for Afghans. Attempts to impose control from outside are doomed to fail, sooner or later. Why should American Marines and soldiers be sacrificing life and limb, year after year, to simply postpone the inevitable?


If it is determined, in the infinite wisdom [sic] of the Congress and the WH that we must remain in Afghanistan, we should send the most eager advocates [like Pawlenty]to the front lines. If its not worth risking THEIR skins, it isn't worth the risk to the young servicemen and women who are bearing the burden now, either.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | July 26, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Uncle_Joe - I don't know about that. To be sure, the Republican Party leaders are all as bad as Obama and Gingrich and the other neocon free trade nitwits seem to be running things over there. If they get in control of government we will be bogged down in the Middle East until we're bled dry. I hope and pray that the Ron Paul's of the far right win. At least they aren't in bed with the religious right and we can hope for women's and gay rights along with sane economic and foreign policies, an end to job outsourcing, an abrupt pullout from Afghanistan and Iraq, an end to bank and Wall Street bailout, and an end to these multinational corporations that effectively operate as enemy foreign agents in this country. The news release that Goldman-Sachs and those other Wall Street firms took most of the bailout money they received and sent it overseas, even creating new banks there, ought to make everyone rethink bailing out any company ever again. It makes me rethink ever voting Democratic again until the present corrupt net of snakes is cleaned out.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 26, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Brigade must not know many actual liberals if he thinks we're all thrilled with Obama's handling of Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda's operations needed to be disrupted, but that doesn't require 100,000 troops. If we want to play nation builder, that isn't nearly enough, but anyone who is familiar with the culture & history of Afghanistan knows that trying to impose order from the outside is pretty much hopeless.

I'm not actually sure what the heck Brigade stands for, other than hatred of Obama. I can't help but suspect that if Obama calls for exiting, Brigade will be all for sending as many troops, for as long as it takes.

I'm not sure about comparing Obama to LBJ, but I think any Republican who might win in 2012, will wind up looking a lot like Nixon as far as handling the war goes.

Posted by: Uncle_Joe | July 26, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Dead_and_Barryd -
drindl is usually a pretty thoughtful poster. She still believes in this failed President and the free traitors that mislead liberals. In time, she and every other liberal will turn against them. Everything these fools do is self service. They had a chance to actually fix Wall Street, put into place genuine banking and investment reform; put an end to job and factory outsourcing. Well, they did nothing and I am pretty sure they did so on purpose. The "financial reform" they did pass is the single worst piece of legislation passed in the last 20 years. Along other predatory acts, it allows groups of crooks to set up private banks like the one a bunch of former Countrywide Mortgage executives did over the weekend. It's just a matter of time and the economy is getting much much worse and the fuel they are dumping onto Wall Street to make everything look like it's getting better is setting us up for a catastrophic collapse in the near future. The recklessness, the utter contempt these people have for voters is astonishing. drindl and every other liberal will eventually turn on them.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 26, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse


Brigade, when you write that "it's his war now" stuff you sound like a Cut and Run Republican who can't stand up to the stupid choices his own party made.

It IS Obama's war now. 64 million Americans asked him to take over.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

mikeB

you really expect drivl to find a reply to that on Talking points memo?

Please stick to the easy stuff if you want to engage the drivl moonbat. she is working on her writing, but in no way does that include actual composition beyond one line insults. Stick to the loony script or suffer the crickets treatment.

Bush actually was successful in fighting an actual winnable war and conducting this holding action in the meantime. but Obungler had to show how he was the "i'm not Bush" and flip this situation into the unwinnable column. It took him over six months to finally even meet with his general for the first time. I am pretty sure he asked him "Can you win this war without killing anyone, that always looks so bad on the news?"

We all have our priorities. Barry's is golf, fine food, spending money, and blaming everything on someone else.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I am sure I am not alone in this! I served with the 1st Marine Division I Corp RVN
from 1969-71. I can attest to all that from my point of view that war was a total waste of humanity! It was brutal and it was not till I got back to the WORLD that I realized what I lost! My brother for one was killed there! Afghanistan is just another Vietnam nothing more! The boys there today just have better weapons and much more body protection. They too will be facing what I and most of my brothers who served in Nam faced. Losing is not popular with soldier past or present! Buy as a 60 yo Marine I can not see us winning there either. That is why I am for better homeland security, not Obama style! Seal the borders and ports! Protect us here! Use drones in Afghanistan not foot soldiers! Triple the use of drones and take out terrorists as they sleep, walk, drive or hide! Bring our guys home and let them play war on the Southern border! Seal it or lose our great nation!

Posted by: usmc1969 | July 26, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I am sure I am not alone in this! I served with the 1st Marine Division I Corp RVN
from 1969-71. I can attest to all that from my point of view that war was a total waste of humanity! It was brutal and it was not till I got back to the WORLD that I realized what I lost! My brother for one was killed there! Afghanistan is just another Vietnam nothing more! The boys there today just have better weapons and much more body protection. They too will be facing what I and most of my brothers who served in Nam faced. Losing is not popular with soldier past or present! Buy as a 60 yo Marine I can not see us winning there either. That is why I am for better homeland security, not Obama style! Seal the borders and ports! Protect us here! Use drones in Afghanistan not foot soldiers! Triple the use of drones and take out terrorists as they sleep, walk, drive or hide! Bring our guys home and let them play war on the Southern border! Seal it or lose our great nation!

Posted by: usmc1969 | July 26, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

drindl - So? Look, I and virtually everyone I know voted for Obama becasue he was going to get out of Iraq immediately and he wasn't going to "nation build" in Afghan. Well, we are mired down with all sorts of civilian dictated nonsense. The released memo's, moreover, pretty much prove that we ought not be there at all. It's a waste of lives and money, propping up a tin horn dictator and dancing to the tune of "allies" like Pakistan who genuinely hates us.

I guess that's just like all of the rest of his campaign promises - like re-opening NAFTA, ending the H1-B visa, etc. It's all hot air. No one with any brains believes in this President or anything he or any member of his Administration has to say. Obama is a lame duck that we can't wait to et rid of, a self created failure, an empty suit that stands for nothing. If there was such a thing as a product recall, Obama wouldn't be in office for five more minutes. But, then, neither would virtually all of the Democratic and Republican leadership. I would write "What a bunch of losers", but we are the real losers with that nest of snakes in Washington. Re-elect NO ONE.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 26, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Does this clown intend to go to the Land of Barbarians and put his own precious body in harm's way? I doubt it. Did Mr. Pawlenty ever wear a uniform? Or did he dodge the draft like Clinton, Bush and Cheney?

Posted by: sameolddoc | July 26, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Does this clown intend to go to the Land of Barbarians and put his own precious body in harm's way? I doubt it. Did Mr. Pawlenty ever wear a uniform? Or did he dodge the draft like Clinton, Bush and Cheney?

Posted by: sameolddoc | July 26, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Does Pawlenty pay for all this free publicity ever day, or is it just a man crush?

"Even as newly leaked documents show an increasingly grim picture of the war in Afghanistan, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on Monday made the case for a more open-ended and potentially larger commitment in the near decade-long war."

What a smart idea, because the public really wants to spend more on wars, and see more young americans killed.

Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Gallenod wrote,
"Brigade: During my 20 years serving in the military, most surveys showed that while 7 of 8 officers generally voted Republican, the enlisted troops who make up the vast majority of the force split fairly evenly. As with any community, the military does not vote in lockstep with a particular party."

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Things must have changed. All polls I've seen indicate the military vote has broken heavily for Republicans in the last several presidential elections. Now when I was in the service, there was a draft, so it's likely there was a pretty even split then.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Obungler recovery update:

Debt. Relative to the 2008 level ($5.8 trillion), debt held by the public under the President’s budget more than doubles in 5 years (to $13.3 trillion) and more than triples by the end of the decade (to $18.5 trillion). As a share of the economy, the debt rises inexorably, to 77.4 percent of gross domestic product [GDP] in 2020 (see Figure 1). Total debt reaches $26.2 trillion in 2020, $440 billion higher than the February estimate.

“The Mid-Session Review provides a revealing look at the costly consequences of this Administration’s relentless expansion in the size and scope of the Federal government. The failed trillion dollar stimulus, the reckless spending spree, and the costly health care overhaul are among the many lowlights that have exacerbated our looming fiscal crisis,” Ryan said of the OMB review. “In an unprecedented failure, Democrats in Congress offered no budget, no priorities, and no restraints to the unsustainable growth of government.”

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Brigade: During my 20 years serving in the military, most surveys showed that while 7 of 8 officers generally voted Republican, the enlisted troops who make up the vast majority of the force split fairly evenly. As with any community, the military does not vote in lockstep with a particular party.

Scrutiny of military ballots by one party is no more rigorous than scrutiny of absentee, early voter, or same day voter ballots by the other.

Posted by: Gallenod | July 26, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Ask the people of Minnesota what they think. He's not popular within the state, and after Jesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty, people are not feeling better off than they were years ago.

Posted by: MinnyMa | July 26, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I had forgotten the term "Chickenhawk." Until now.

Posted by: kishorgala | July 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't much care if you are a liberal or a conservative, you ought to be getting sick of this nonsense. A government that will not trust its own citizens has forfeited any excuse for its continued existence.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 26, 2010 2:32 PM
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You won't find many liberals around here complaining as long as Obama and the Dems are in charge. Anthing that happens is A-OK with them. If it's bad, it's Bush's fault---or the Roadblock Republicans.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

And if this drowsy bore does decide on a 2012 run, he'll be the first to drop out. What a waste of time covering him.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 26, 2010 1:29 PM
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The way things look now, he'll be the second to drop out. Obama may be the first. Remember LBJ?

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

montana123 wrote,
"Since Republicans seem to love lavishing tax cuts on the rich and starting wars let's start sending the family members of the Republican war monger neo-con chicken hawks to Afghanistan."

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Obama has tripled down in Afghanistan. It's his war now. Most of the troops are Republicans, that's why there's always a concerted effort to disqualify military ballots in every presidential election. Since your obviously a Dem, why don't you drag your lily liver and yellow belly down to the recruiting office.

Posted by: Brigade | July 26, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Evidently, the government has forgotten that it has no right to even exist without the will and approval of the citizenry. Keeping secrets from us, lying to us, has become all too common. They play games with the unemployment numbers -- 9.5%? Get real! Everyone knows it is above 20%. So who do they think they are fooling; numbers of soldiers wounded or dead in Iraq and Afghanistan; job outsourcing numbers; the real costs of their "healthcare" handout to that industry, laughingly called "reform"; their corruption filled "financial reform" legislation that enabled the dirtbags from Countrywide to form their own new "bank" over the weekend; and on and on. I don't much care if you are a liberal or a conservative, you ought to be getting sick of this nonsense. A government that will not trust its own citizens has forfeited any excuse for its continued existence.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 26, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Pawlenty is really running for president, but for the vice presidential slot he could have gotten if McCain hadn't swung for the fences by selecting Sarah Palin.

I still see Pawlenty as Romney Light as he's essentially competing for the same segment of Republican voters. However, he differs from Romney in two key ways:

1. Pawlenty didn't establish a state-run health care system. Romney may never be able to offer a satisfactory explaination or excuse on that topic to some segments of the Republican base.

2. Pawlenty is not a Mormon. No Republican will tell you that Romney being a Mormon bothers them, but it can be an issue with certain elements of the social conservatives in the Republican base the farther away you get from Utah.

I don't think Pawlenty will knock Romney off his perch as the establishment R candidate, or even overtly try. But he probably wouldn't mind making himself an attractive option as a vice presidential running mate for whoever ends up winning the Republican primaries, particularly if he can manage a good showing in some of the early primaries.

If Pawlenty wins the nomination (very slim chance), he's happy. If he doesn't win the nomination, he either tries to make himself look like a compatible partner for Romney or as someone who can bring Romney voters along to a ticket headed by a more socially conservative Republican presidential candidate who likely wouldn't want Romney himself as their running mate. (And I don't see Romney accepting the #2 slot, anyway.)

Posted by: Gallenod | July 26, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers:

Watch this youtube about Republican chicken hawks. They're all for the war provided they don't have to fight of course.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFGit_tZDqs

Posted by: montana123 | July 26, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are going to have to find someone who can charge them up -


Pawlenty is looking at the field and saying to himself that he could pull it out.

Romney may be the front-runner now - but few in the Republican party really want him - last time he was universally disliked by his opponents.

It was enlightening to see how the Republican primary Presidential candidates gravitated to McCain in 2008. McCain is a solid guy -

The Republicans will find another solid strong candidate who makes the conservatives happy -


Sarah is not going to do it - Ironically the Republicans DO have a Governor who excites people and who can win - Schwartzennegger but he can not run.


Also ironically - Obama showed that there is NO PROCEDURE to check where someone was born - and THE COURTS HAVE PRETTY MUCH REFUSED TO HEAR THE CASE.

What if Arnold decided to challenge the meaning of "NATURAL-BORN" -

In late 2008, there were feelers sent out by Obama's people - the implication was that Obama had SOME problem in his background, perhaps his adopted father had given up Obama's citizenship - and Obama had never re-entered the United States properly.

So - the feelers FROM OBAMA'S PEOPLE were - what would be the political implications if Obama challenged the meaning of NATURAL-BORN ??? The idea was the politics would govern the outcome more than the case - and it was implied that proper discovery would lead to something.

So- Arnold should look at it

Rick Perry has some energy behind him - he can charge people up - if no one else emerges he will naturally step into the void.

Someone will break out - who knows.


The names mentioned up to this point really don't seem to be it.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

End the wars now. These chickenhawks are tiresome. We can't afford anymore loss of life and loss of treasure.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 26, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

montana123, I'm with you. I'm trying to picture Pawlenty in attack mode.

And really, isn't this coulmn just a regurgitated press release from Pawlenty's PAC?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DDAWD | July 26, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Its easy for Pawlenty to say we have to increase our commitment. After all, he's a politicians who sits comfortably at home while the troops are sweating and dying.

Posted by: DarrylScott | July 26, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"Pawlenty also must demonstrate that he, as a two-term governor from a relatively small state, has the foreign policy know-how and vision to go toe-to-toe with President Obama come fall 2012."

Which begs the question of course, of on what basis of presumed expertise does he make his claims about Afghanistan? Granted, he just returned from a trip there. To my ear though, his comments sound like repeated words learned at the knee of Sen John McCain, with whom Gov Pawlenty travelled extensively in 2008, in support of the former's run for President. Beyond that, so far as I know, his 'foreign policy' experience comes from a handful of troop visits overseas (to review MN Nat'l Guard deployees) and being a border state to Canada. No word on whether PM Harper has travelled through our airspace.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 26, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

And if this drowsy bore does decide on a 2012 run, he'll be the first to drop out. What a waste of time covering him.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 26, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Makes sense. They were one of the papers to get advance copies. I should check the NYT too. Thanks, Noa.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 26, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What is the purpose of this post? It isn't a report on a campaign event. It doesn't contain any news, or complex analysis, or any other useful information. It doesn't describe a political newcomer; The Fix has posted about Pawlenty many, many times before.

As far as I can tell, this is just a free advertisement for Pawlenty 2012.

Posted by: Blarg | July 26, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Since Republicans seem to love lavishing tax cuts on the rich and starting wars let's start sending the family members of the Republican war monger neo-con chicken hawks to Afghanistan.

So all you college young Republicans march down to your local Armed Forces Recruiting center RIGHT NOW and enlist in the military for duty in Afghanistan. Why don't you loud mouthed tea bagger racist a'holes go volunteer for military duty as well? Some how, I don't think many of you will. Friggin' cowards!!!

Lastly, Republicans love wars and the military except when they have to serve.

As proof here is a short list of chicken hawk coward Republican war avoiders:

Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, George Will, Dick Cheney, and GW Bush.

Republicans are a bunch of f'ing cowards!

Posted by: montana123 | July 26, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Chris why don't you just send him flowers and stop airing your crush on this nebbish in your blog.

The chihuahua yaps again. Who cares. Maybe you could devote a page to his staff directory too.

DDAWN: The Guardian has a great summary of the Afghan papers.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 26, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

In a post-racial world, Obama's skin color should be irrelevant.


However that is not the case. The democrats have constantly used Obama's skin color as an OPPORTUNITY TO ATTACK.


This behavior is out-of-bounds in American politics. And it is important to point out that the bad behavior is coming from the democratic side.


The country has to go back to the idea that Obama's skin color is IRRELEVANT - not to be mentioned.

The smear campaign coming from the NAACP - and their false charges of racism - all that has to be put aside - yes, it will require a measure of restraint from the democrats - but isn't it the democrats who are demanding that everyone else be restrained ?

Using Obama's skin color as an OPPORTUNITY TO ATTACK opponents is just the wrong path to go down.

The democrats are sinking in the polls - and this issue is a good part of the reasons.

The democrats should approach the Republicans - AND THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS - as if Obama was white - sidestep the issues of race.

ONLY THEN will the nation be moving toward a post-racial atmosphere.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Chris, Pawlenty thanks you for your continued support.

He's glad somone out there cares!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't care about Pawlenty, but does anyone know a good place to read about the leaked documents? The one WaPo article I read was godawful and I don't want to read the 90k documents myself.

And yeah, Pawlenty is an idiot if he thinks the stimulus was too big. I don't know if he's noticed that we're still at 10% unemployment.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 26, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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