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Table 2: Districts lost by Democrats which supported Afghanistan timetable for withdrawal

Here are the 17 districts (by descending PVI) lost by Democrats in which the Representative in the 111th Congress supported a timetable for withdrawal:

Table 1: Democratic districts which voted against a timetable for withdrawal

The following 51 Congressional Districts have the following two properties: 1) they lean Democratic (or, in the case of the last seven, are even) according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index; and 2) on July 1, 2010, their Representative in the House voted no on requiring that a timetable be established for the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan.
 

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JFP 12/23: Conyers, 30 Reps: Petraeus Must Testify on Afghan Review

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December 23, 2010

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1) Rep. Conyers and 30 other Members sent a letter to President Obama asking that General Petraeus be made available to testify before the House early in the 112th Congress on conditions in Afghanistan. "It is absolutely critical that there are oversight hearings on the War in Afghanistan, which include General Petraeus, early in the 112th Congress," said Conyers. " Fighting in Afghanistan this year has resulted in more troop deaths, more civilian deaths, and an ever-expanding $2 billion a week financial commitment… It is difficult to argue that this constitutes progress."

2) WikiLeaks says it will publish hundreds of "sensitive" US diplomatic cables on Israel, AFP reports. "Sensitive and classified documents" on Israel's 2006 war on Lebanon and January's assassination in Dubai of Hamas militant Mahmud al-Mabhuh would be released, Julian Assange told Al-Jazeera.

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JFP 12/22: Citing WikiLeaks, Mauritius denounces "deceit" on US military base

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December 22, 2010

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1) The prime minister of Mauritius has accused Britain of pursuing a "policy of deceit" over the Chagos islands, its Indian Ocean colony from where islanders were evicted to make way for a US military base, the Guardian reports. The British government's decision to establish a marine reserve around Diego Garcia and surrounding islands was exposed this month by WikiLeaks as the latest ruse to prevent the islanders from ever returning to their homeland. A US diplomatic cable dated May 2009 revealed that a Foreign Office official had told the US a decision to set up a "marine protected area" would "effectively end the islanders' resettlement claims." A US state department official commented: "Establishing a marine reserve might, indeed, as the FCO's Roberts stated, be the most effective long-term way to prevent any of the Chagos Islands' former inhabitants or their descendants from resettling in the BIOT."

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JFP 12/21: US moots opening new war front in Pakistan

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December 21, 2010

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Afghanistan experts call for peace deal and exit strategy

Afghanistan experts with decades of experience in the country call on President Obama to change course and push for a peace settlement and exit strategy. Signers include: Scott Atran, Michael Cohen, Gilles Dorronsoro, Bernard Finel, Joshua Foust, Anatol Lieven, Ahmed Rashid, and Alex Strick van Linschoten.
http://www.afghanistancalltoreason.com/

In These Times: "Terrorist by Association"
The Justice Department targets nonviolent solidarity activists.
http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/6745/terrorist_by_association

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1) Senior US military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan's tribal areas, the New York Times reports. The decision to expand US military activity in Pakistan would amount to the opening of a new front in the nine-year-old war, the Times says.

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JFP 12/20: Biden: '11 drawdown won't be "token"; out in '14 "hell or high water"

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December 20, 2010

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Reporters Without Borders: WikiLeaks is Protected by First Amendment
"Prosecuting WikiLeaks' founders and other people linked to the website would seriously damage media freedom in the US and impede the work of journalists who cover sensitive subjects. It would also weaken the US and the international community efforts at protecting human rights, providing governments with poor press freedom records a ready-made excuse to justify censorship and retributive judicial campaigns against civil society and the media. We believe the US credibility as a leading proponent of freedom of expression is at stake, and that any arbitrary prosecution of WikiLeaks for receiving and publishing sensitive documents would inevitably create a dangerous precedent."
http://en.rsf.org/open-letter-to-president-obama-and-17-12-2010,39075.html

Afghanistan experts call for peace deal and exit strategy

Afghanistan experts with decades of experience in the country call on President Obama to change course and push for a peace settlement and exit strategy. Signers include: Scott Atran, Michael Cohen, Gilles Dorronsoro, Bernard Finel, Joshua Foust, Anatol Lieven, Ahmed Rashid, and Alex Strick van Linschoten.
http://www.afghanistancalltoreason.com/

Rap News 6 - Wikileaks' Cablegate: the truth is out there
Latest installment from Robert Foster.

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JFP 12/17: WikiLeaks cables show why UN troops should leave Haiti

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December 17, 2010

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RT video: US wasted billions in Afghanistan
Just Foreign Policy tells RT: "To claim progress is fundamentally misleading. There's no evidence that the quagmire has changed or that it will change anytime in the foreseeable future."
http://rt.com/usa/news/usa-billions-afghanistan-nato-war/

Bogus Afghan "Review" Shows Need for Journalism on Classified Information
U.S. intelligence agencies say Pakistan remains unwilling to stop providing support and sanctuary for members of the Afghan Taliban. Experts inside and outside of the government think there is no reason to expect Pakistan's policy will change, because it is based on Pakistani perception of core national security interests and opposition to what the Pakistanis see as a pro-India U.S. policy in Afghanistan, which the U.S. has no plans to change. The clear implication of the intelligence agencies assessment is that the current U.S. war policy is doomed to costly failure.

The reason that we know this is because news outlets like the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times report on classified information, and because of WikiLeaks. That's why the attacks on WikiLeaks are not only attacks on freedom of the press, but also attacks on the ability of the public to end the Afghanistan war and prevent new wars.

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JFP 12/16: Bogus Afghan "Review" Shows Need for Journalism on Classified Information

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December 16, 2010

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Bogus Afghan "Review" Shows Need for Journalism on Classified Information
The Obama Administration "review" of Afghanistan policy claims "progress." The assessment of U.S. intelligence agencies gives a very different picture. The intelligence agencies say Pakistan remains unwilling to stop providing support and sanctuary for members of the Afghan Taliban. Many experts inside and outside the U.S. government believe Pakistan's policy will be fatal to U.S. war plans; many experts inside and outside the U.S. government think there is no reason to expect Pakistan's policy will change, because it is based on Pakistani perception of core national security interests and opposition to what the Pakistanis see as a pro-India U.S. policy in Afghanistan, which the U.S. has no current plans to change. Therefore, the clear implication of the alternative assessment is that the current U.S. war policy is doomed to costly failure.

The reason that we know about this fundamental disagreement among U.S. officials on this critical point concerning the war policy is because news outlets like the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times report on classified information, and because of WikiLeaks. That's why the attacks on WikiLeaks are not only attacks on freedom of the press - as Human Rights Watch notes, #4 below, if the U.S. prosecuted Julian Assange for releasing classified State Department cables, "this would imperil media freedom everywhere" - but also attacks on the ability of the public to end the Afghanistan war and prevent new wars.

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JFP 12/15: LAT, NYT: Classified Intel Contradicts Rosy Afghan Review

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December 15, 2010

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Honor Holbrooke: "Stop This War in Afghanistan"
To honor Holbrroke's memory, we should obey his last command.
http://www.truth-out.org/honor-holbrooke-stop-this-war-afghanistan65964

Rep. McDermott: Could WikiLeaks Have Prevented 9/11?

"… the information that's coming out is very important. I read an editorial in the Los Angeles Times, about the fact that had we had WikiLeaks in 2001, we may well not have had 9/11 occur." McDermott was referring to the op-ed by former FBI agent Coleen Rowley.
http://www.washingtonstakeout.com/index.php/2010/12/12/rep-mcdermott-could-wikileaks-have-prevented-911/

CNN: Ex-CIA Ray McGovern Supports Wikileaks' Julian Assange

"Of course he's a journalist - unlike the 'Fawning Corporate Media.'"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM_IdfPPmEY

St. Louis Flash Mob: Boycott Israeli Apartheid

"Hang up on Motorola."
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Afghanistan experts call for peace deal and exit strategy

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JFP 12/14: Holbrooke: "You've Got to Stop This War in Afghanistan"

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December 14, 2010

Richard Holbrooke: "You've Got to Stop This War in Afghanistan"
To honor Holbrooke's memory, we should obey his last command.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/the-richard-holbrooke-mem_b_796502.html

Afghanistan experts call for peace deal and exit strategy

Afghanistan experts with decades of experience in the country call on President Obama to change course and push for a peace settlement and exit strategy. Signers include: Scott Atran, Michael Cohen, Gilles Dorronsoro, Bernard Finel, Joshua Foust, Anatol Lieven, Ahmed Rashid, and Alex Strick van Linschoten.
http://www.afghanistancalltoreason.com/

Deficit Reduction Proposals: Defense Discretionary Spending
Laicie Olson of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation has put together a chart that shows where various deficit reduction proposals come down on specific cuts to the military budget. For example, one can see from the chart that five of the nine proposals essentially call for returning troop levels to their prewar levels; and seven of the nine proposals call for at least a 1/3 cut in the US military presence in Asia and Europe.
http://armscontrolcenter.org/Deficit_Proposals_PDF.pdf

Public Citizen Condemns Attacks on WikiLeaks, Which Threaten Online Speech and Freedom of Press
Statement of Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen: "the attacks are an assault not only on WikiLeaks, but on freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of the Internet."