By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 4:13 pm in Congressional District 10.
Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, who has become very vocal in recent weeks about what he views as an unsustainable and undesirable U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, will be a panelist on Friday at one of the biggest progressive gatherings in the nation.
Garamendi is a panelist at Netroots Nation being held in Minneapolis eduring the next few days. Many of the movers and shakers behind the event helped President Barack Obama seize the grassroots power of the Internet during his successful presidential campaign.
The congressman is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and he recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he was treated to an insider’s tour of U.S. special operations units.
Garamendi has repeatedly said the the U.S. must move away from a military anti-terrorism strategy and and turn to its highly trained special operations teams.
That’s a message likely to resonate at Netroots Nation.