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Obama, Dems Clash on Afghanistan

Could President Obama's own party put the lid on his new strategy for Afghanistan? According to Rep. David Obey, chairman of the powerful appropriations committee, Congress is rapidly losing patience after seven plus years of mixed results and could challenge Obama if the situation fails to improve soon. “With respect to Afghanistan and Pakistan, I am extremely dubious that the administration will be able to accomplish what it wants to accomplish,” Mr. Obey told the New York Times. “The problem is not the administration’s policy or its goals. The problem is that I doubt that we have the tools there that we need to implement virtually any policy in that region.” According to Obey, the administration has only one year to show progress with its recent troop surge before Congress starts crafting its own policy for the region.