The Corner

Commander-in-Chief Reid

From today’s White House press briefing:

Q    Majority Leader Reid says despite the President’s announcement this morning, the war in Afghanistan is still suffering at the expense of Iraq.  What’s your response to that?

MS. PERINO:  Look, I don’t know who briefs Senator Reid and I don’t know what sort of staff work he gets or the updates that he gets.  I think the best information comes from the Commander-in-Chief and also from the Department of Defense.  I think you heard from the President today, not only has the United States increased the number of troops in Afghanistan, but so have so many other countries, because we recognize that we’re dealing with a ruthless enemy.

And the President was pleased to be able to announce today that he will bring home an additional 8,000 troops based on the success that we’ve been able to achieve in Iraq.  But we have said, and we’ve said since April, that we would be doing more in Afghanistan and that’s what he announced today.

Q    He says the “more” more is not enough.

MS. PERINO:  Well, you know, when Senator Reid becomes Commander-in-Chief he’ll have a little bit more credibility on that score.

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