Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) on Obama’s speech:
I do not believe we should attempt to make Afghanistan into a Jeffersonian Democracy. We must respect the tribal culture and tradition of the country. However, Taliban forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan, al Qaeda, the Haqqani Network, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and other extremist groups represent a real and significant threat to the security of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Unchecked, they threaten the United States and our allies as well.