May 7, 2009: White House eyes $17B in budget cuts (Politico)

  • “We are in Afghanistan because it is in our national interest to fight terrorism, and that is where it exists,” Pelosi said. “Regretfully, we took our eye off the ball there and moved our operations and our intelligence and the rest to Iraq a long time ago. The president now has to take the time that is necessary to keep the American people safe, to stabilize the region and to do so in a way that makes everyone who has an interest in the stability of Afghanistan to make an investment there.