Dean: Only Reason To Fight In Afghanistan--Feminism!

Call him a NOW-hawk . . .

Of all the reasons to send our people to fight and die in Afghanistan, spending $2 billion per week in the process, Howard Dean has managed to come up with perhaps the worst: feminism.

On today's Morning Joe, Dean explained that "the whole reason" he used to support President Obama's waging of the Afghanistan war was that leaving the country would plunge its women back into "the Stone Age."  But now that Afghan President Karzai has showed insufficient support for women's right in Dean's eyes, it's time to get out.

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Consider Dean's vision of the United States military as the armed branch of . . . NOW.  Joe Scarborough, who for some time has advocated US withdrawal from Afghanistan, tossed Dean a hanging slider.



JOE SCARBOROUGH: We're spending $2 billion a week in Afghanistan a decade later. Is it time to get out of Afghanistan?

HOWARD DEAN:  I think so. I actually had Karzai, President Karzai, change my mind. I was supporting the president and have been for some time, but he came out with this, really basically, thing that would put women back in the Stone Age. The whole reason for my wanting to give the president's strategy a chance was worrying about the 15-odd million Afghan women that would be put back in the Stone Age when we leave, and we are going to leave.  Now I think it might as well be sooner rather than later because I can't see a big difference between Hamid Karzai and the Taliban.

SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, it's a disgrace.
 

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.