Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Pelosi: Iraq is not part of the War on Terror, Afghanistan is

I found an NPR interview of Nancy Pelosi this morning very revealing. For one, Renee Montagne asked some semi-tough questions. Secondly, the Speaker of the House made startling, surprising, and... somewhat contradictory statements:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has just returned from a trip to
Iraq and Afghanistan. She sat down with NPR's Renee Montagne, who asked her for
one word to describe the situation in Iraq.

"Chaotic," Pelosi said. "What is happening in Iraq is chaos." She went on
to say that after nearly four years in Iraq, "We just have to end it."

She said that she did not believe the training effort had been serious, as the
troops are still not ready.


...the Speaker did, however, inexplicably contend that more troops are needed in Afghanistan. She said that the war on terrorism is in Afghanistan and that the distraction of Iraq led to a power vacuum the Taliban have used to make a comeback. When the reporter asked her point blank what the difference was between the two wars as far as terrorism goes, she seemed had little explanation.

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