Obama disappoints Texas peace activists

Dec. 20, 2009 at 2:57 PM
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FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Some Texas anti-war activists say they're disappointed in U.S. President Barack Obama and are losing patience with him.

Lubbock, Texas, activist Abby Tomlinson, who said she voted for Obama last year as the "peace" candidate, told Sunday's Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram she has been disappointed in his Iraq and Afghanistan efforts so far.

"One of the major platforms of the Obama campaign was the move to end the war in Iraq," she told the newspaper. "Many voters chose him because of that fact alone. He ran, whether he meant to or not, on a platform of peace. I guess we probably did put too much hope in him. I know that I did. I feel disappointed and a bit betrayed by Obama's choice to send more troops anywhere overseas."

"Up through his public statements (this month), people wanted to believe, they wanted to be hopeful, that he would not escalate the war in Afghanistan," added state Rep. Lon Burnam, a Fort Worth Democrat and director of the Dallas Peace Center. "Peace activists are going to become increasingly critical of Obama now."

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