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Florida Democrats embody the divide over what to do with Afghanistan



Alcee-Hastings WASHINGTON — The war in Afghanistan has been one of the most vexing issues facing President Barack Obama and Democrats, and the division over what to do was summed up Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings.

"I'm conflicted," the South Florida Democrat said.

"I'm what might be best described as a dove-hawk. I don't like to bother with people. But when you bother with me I will try to do you in. I'm not averse to sending more troops into Afghanistan. But I'm going to hold my fire until we get a better understanding."

Like their counterparts across the country, Florida Democrats reflect the varying opinions on how to deal with the war, which reached its eighth anniversary Wednesday and has resulted in the deaths of 56 Floridians (and nearly 800 members of the U.S. military total).

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:21pm]


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