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McNerney in talks with Afghanistan president about war effort, political corruption

Original post made on Jan 15, 2010

Afghanistan must end its corruption, and U.S. troops need to gain the trust of the people so they will not follow the Taliban out of fear, said U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) in a phone interview with reporters Wednesday about his trip Dec. 28-29 to the war-torn country.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 14, 2010, 2:30 PM

Comments (12)

Posted by Hal
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 15, 2010 at 8:32 am

Keep up the great work Jerry! You have my vote in November.

Posted by bob 123
a resident of another community
on Jan 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

I applaud his efforts with regard to increasing pay and benefits for service members but have a very difficult time understanding how this or any Congessperson feels entitled to explore or feels qualified to tell others to correct corruption in another country when his own party has set a new record buying and selling votes on thehealthcare program here at home. Seems hypocritical to me but then I am not a Democrat.

Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on Jan 15, 2010 at 9:34 am

jimf01 is a registered user.

Excellent observation Bob. Campaign via press release. Interesting to note that the same story with some of the same lines appeared in another newspaper this week, with the same photo sent over from the McNerney campaign. Web Link

Mcnerney is trying to look like a patriot and a moderate after voting with Nancy Pelosi 94% of the time.

The Pelosi puppet will be sent home from DC for good in November 2010. -

Web Link

Posted by Ike
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Jan 15, 2010 at 9:39 am

When I hear about a Congressperson talking to a foreign dignatary about corruption, I wonder if it is a mentoring session on maximizing corruption. This is especially true for someone like Jerry McNerny, who is so closely allied with Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein. They have mastered the art of writing legislation that benefits their zillionaire husbands, and hence themselves. Then of course there is the routine acceptance of "campaign contributions", buying properties for pennies on the dollar from "friends" (e.g. Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters), mortgages for at drastically reduced rates, making zillions on scams (e.g. Al Gore on global warming, cap and trade), and getting caught with chest freezers full of $100 bills. Why is it that MOST Congresspeople start the job with average financials and come out being worth tens to hundreds of millions of dollars?

BTW, what do you think the chances are that the Government will ever release an uncleansed version of the list of Americans that avoided taxes through foreign bank accounts? It would be great to see how many from Congress are on the original list, but it will never happen.

Posted by Bruce
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

Once again he holds a phone interview because he has to read his spokesman prepared answers so the electorate can't see how uninformed he is on all the issues. Put him in front of a live audience and watch him squirm. He already knows he is in trouble come election so he is trying to appear moderately conservative. But Nancy's boy can't fool me.

Posted by rs
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 15, 2010 at 10:34 am


Posted by Susie
a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 15, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I am so glad to read the preceding comments and know that my neighbors in Pleasanton are not hood-winked by this congressman. I don't care how many veterans he visits--I will not forget how he refused to talk with me or to hold an open town meeting to understand my concerns on health care last summer. The editor can put McNenery's picture on front of the paper, he can write long stories about McNenery's visit to Afghanistan and wherever else--but we will be heard next November.

Posted by Steve
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I'm thinking about heading over to the corner of Hopyard and Valley this weekend to let everyone know how I feel about McNerney's record of hypocrisy and failure. Any one want to join me with a sign or two?

Posted by Rachael
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm

What a supreme waste of General McChrystal's and Karzi's time, to spend it with Nancy McNerney.

And I am quite frankly surprised that McNerney took time out of his busy schedule of destroying America...planning more job-killing go to visit Afghanistan. But hey, it was a free trip on the taxpayer's dime!

Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Hey, Steve and Rachael, where were you two when Pombo was our Rep? I don't recall seeing your comments when he was not representing us? All he cared about was Tracy. At least Rep McNerney is out there amongst his constituents and traveling to Afghanistan. I would rather have "Nancy McNerney" than missing-in-action Pombo.

You have no idea what our representatives do when your use terms like "Nancy McNerney"

Posted by Steve
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Pombo was far from perfect. However, I would always rather have someone who protects the Constitution of the United States first and then works on his personality. The fact is that the legislation being proposed does much more harm than good to the long term health of the United States. Bottom line: McNerney votes for bad legislation. Pombo would not have and I suspect that the host of well-qualified challengers to McNerney will argue that they would not have voted "Yes" either. This is the great thing about democracy. When someone like McNerney votes "Yes" time and time again we get to hold him accountable in November.

Posted by Doug Miller
a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 19, 2010 at 10:29 am

Did anyone notice this part of the article and think about what the Congressman is saying?!!!

"The poppy fields still are a main source of income, McNerney said, and if the U.S. poisons or bombs them it would only turn the people to the Taliban. To combat the problem, the U.S. is building roads.

"One challenge with the poppy is the bad guys take care of the transportation for the farmers," said McNerney. "We want to put the infrastructure in place for them to take their produce to market."

Here is what the congressman is saying:
1. Destroying the poppy business would turn the Afghan farmers against us.
2. The US should build roads to help these farmers get their crop to market and make them less reliant on the Taliban.

An interesting perspective!

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