Archive for dissent

AUDIO: President Obama literally asked us to "hold him accountable"


Thanks to Nicole Sandler, I now have audio from Netroots Nation '10 when President Obama asked Democrats to "hold me accountable". In other words, dissent is healthy, democratic, constructive, and what this president insists upon. And good for him, that's how it should be.

So to those who feel some of us are aiding and abetting the GOP when we criticize the president, please reconsider. Many of us are expressing our opposition to some of his policies, not bashing him. Bashing is unproductive and unnecessary. On the other hand, holding President Obama accountable is healthy and, IMHO, mandatory, if we want him to hear us as we make "our voices heard", and "keep up the fight" (his words).

I will vote for him because the alternative is unthinkable. But I will also continue to express myself loud and clear when I disagree with him, as he has requested here:

We never heard GW Bush say those words. Quite the contrary.

As Nicole and I were saying on her show this morning, Democrats are certainly the more inclusive party, and as such, should be open to others' ideas, comments, and challenges, so long as it's done in a civil manner. We need to stick together, sure, but we also need to be able to express our differences.


U.S. ambassador dissents on Afghan troop increase


By GottaLaff

UPDATE: Official: Obama rejects all Afghan war options

Dissent or tactic?

The U.S. ambassador in Kabul sent two classified cables to Washington in the last week expressing deep concerns about sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan until Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government demonstrates that it is willing to tackle the corruption and mismanagement that has fueled the Taliban's rise, said senior U.S. officials. [...]

The last-minute dissent by Eikenberry, who commanded U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, has rankled his former colleagues in the Pentagon -- as well as Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, said defense officials. [...]

His position as a former commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan is likely to give added weight to his concerns. It will also likely fan growing doubts about U.S. prospects for Afghanistan among an increasingly pessimistic public.