Pelosi to Fellow Dems on AfPak: Give Obama’s Plan a Chance

By Kate Barrett

May 6, 2009 1:40pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Even as liberals and appropriators in the Democratic party are beginning question President Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used her weekly press conference to argue to her colleagues that the president has a plan and needs time to implement it.

The House is set to consider a supplemental war funding bill to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan later this week. Many liberals in the party would prefer not to fund the wars and the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee has repeatedly expressed his consternation with the strategy in Afghanistan. He argued this week that Obama has a year to show results in Afghanistan.

"Sometimes when you make a mistake, it’s so screwed up you can’t fix it," said Rep. David Obey, D-Wis.

Pelosi argued today that Obey was giving his personal opinion and said she’ll give this pitch to Democrats to support funding for the war in Afghanistan:

"My message to my members is that this is it. The president has refocused our efforts in Afghanistan. He’s made this request. He has a path to ending the war in Iraq that will happen so we have a plan for both places, and this is the president’s request to fund that. I hope you can vote for it," she said.

Pelosi said that after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the American military routed but did not defeat the Taliban, a situation that she said Obama should be given time to rectify now.

"At last we have a plan. At last we have a plan and I support the President’s plan," Pelosi said.

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