Obama Support on Left Withering Over War, No More "Hopium"Submitted by James_Madison_Lives on Sun, 03/06/2011 - 22:44
The Kool-aid seems to be wearing off as the large and well-organized National Peace Action, a peace activist organization with chapters in every state, circulates a petition to Obama over the war in Afghanistan:
"Dear President Obama:
I’m deeply troubled by the seemingly endless war in Afghanistan (which has spread to Pakistan) that you escalated. Recently you were quoted as saying you didn’t want to lose your base over the war in Afghanistan. Yet, that is exactly what is happening.
Without a shift in your policy, it is hard to imagine the same kind of movement will develop to support your re-election campaign.
Of course the implied message here is it's primary time for Obama, and he is more and more being perceived as committing another "LBJ." This is notable as Peace Action is the kind of membership which likely campaigned hard, to a man, for Obama.
This comes after a slow peeling off of key figures on the progressive left for a year, such as author David Lindorff who in "The Case for Impeachment of President Barack Obama" last year wrote:
Let’s start with the war in Afghanistan, which Obama has taken full ownership of with an escalation that will bring the number of US troops in that country (not counting mercenaries hired by the Pentagon and CIA) to 100,000 by this August.
The president has authorized the use of Predator drone aircraft for a program of bombing conducted against Pakistan which has illegally expanded the Afghan War into another country without any authorization from Congress. These pilotless drones are known to kill far more innocent bystanders than enemy targets, making them fundamentally illegal on principle as weapons."
The tension has been building, ever since Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs even lashed out at what he denigrated as "the professional left" saying, “Those people ought to be drug-tested.” To which activist Cindy Sheehan immediately issued a challenge to Gibbs for mutual drug-testing, a "pee-off" Sheehan called it.
“I will put my urine up against Gibbs’ any day, and in fact, will travel to Washington to give him a fresh and warm sample" Sheehan said, saying those Democrats who still supported Obama after his dismal record on war and Constitutional issues must be high on "Hopium."