June 25th, 2010 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

DeFazio: Obama Should Use McChrystal Firing for Revisit of Afghanistan Policy

Peter DeFazio

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) isn't shedding any tears over President Obama's decision to can Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

The always-opinionated Lane County Democrat went on the House floor this week for a speech ridiculing McChrystal's approach in Afghanistan as a "fantasy." And DeFazio urged Obama to use the firing of McChrystal as a time to overhaul U.S. policy in a country that the congressman noted has experienced intertribal and intratribal conflicts for 600 years.

The alternative of sticking it out in Afghanistan with no end in sight is a proven loser, DeFazio said.

"Starting to sound like Vietnam to anybody here," DeFazio said. Here's the rest of his speech:

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