Barbara Lee/Obama honeymoon over?

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, had this to say today, more than a week after the Obama Administration asked Congress for $83.4 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

“I applaud President Obama for moving forward to address the difficult situations in Iraq and Afghanistan which he inherited from the Bush Administration.

“As the only Member of Congress to vote against the resolution authorizing the use of military force on September 14, 2001, I believe now as I did then that the resolution gave a blank check for military action not only in Afghanistan but throughout the world in the Bush Administration’s so called ‘war on terror’, and that there is no military solution in Afghanistan.

“Military escalation, which places our brave troops in harm’s way, will be counterproductive to the goal of creating a more stable country. A new direction which places greater emphasis on — and devotes substantially more financial and human resources to — regional and international cooperation, humanitarian and development assistance, and non proliferation efforts is needed.

“With regard to funding for the occupation of Iraq, I have consistently worked on a bipartisan basis to ensure that no permanent bases be built in Iraq and have stated that I will only support fully funding the safe and timely redeployment of our troops and contractors out of Iraq.”

Remember, Lee was an early, ardent supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign; her disappointment at having to issue this news release is almost palpable.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • John Lefman

    yeah, yeah, this coming from a person who supports the Your Black Muslim Bakery group…

  • CalView

    Hon. Barbara Lee,

    I’d like to see you follow through on your vision of Middle East policy with some very specific Legislation!!

    I’d like to see your Legislation include pulling U.S. Troops out of Iraq & Afghanistan!

    I’d like to see your Legislation RECAST the ‘War on Terror’ to a non-proliferation of Weapons in each country Iraq & Afghanistan!

    Bush is gone, hopefully he will receive an invitaion to the Hague soon.

    It’s time for you to take a leadership role in defining a future for the Mideast that does not include indefinate occupation by the U.S. Military.

    I promise to give you as much support as possible through the ‘Open Government’ applications.

  • RR

    The biggest gap between Barbara Lee and the President is IQ.