Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today following the announcement of the resignation of Frances Townsend, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security.
“Appointing a new Homeland Security Advisor provides President Bush an important window to reassess his strategy on the war on terror and homeland security. The President’s current strategy has strained our military to the breaking point, leaving us vulnerable to new crises around the world. Our intelligence community believes Osama Bin Laden is still able to plan attacks on the U.S homeland six years after 9/11. Our National Guard, facing new deployments to Iraq, may not be available to take care of Americans during national disasters and the National Guard suffers from severe equipment shortages. We need a new strategy that protects Americans at home and makes us safer abroad.”