Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today ahead of President Bush’s announcement on troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan:
“President Bush, Senator McCain and Senate Republicans are dangerously out of touch about Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“Given the increasingly violent situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, I am stunned that President Bush has decided to bring so few troops home from Iraq and send so few resources to Afghanistan.
“As Democrats have been saying for years and as I saw with my own eyes last month, violence in Afghanistan has surged because Bush-McCain Republicans have all but ignored the true central front of the war on terror while keeping the bulk of our troops tied down in Iraq.
“Our intelligence agencies tell us that the next homeland attack will be planned by al Qaeda, based along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. And with Thursday marking seven years that Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri have been on the loose since 9/11, today’s announcement by President Bush brings them no closer to justice.
“Senator Obama and Democrats know that America will be more secure only once we responsibly end the war in Iraq and return to the real fight to defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban.”