Josh Rogin reports that South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham is "disappointed" with Texas governor Rick Perry's position on the war in Afghanistan.
Last night, at the GOP debate, Perry gave a rather incoherent answer to question on Afghanistan. "Well, I agree with Governor Huntsman when we talk about it's time to bring our young men and women home and as soon and obviously as safely as we can,. But it's also really important for us to have a presence there," Perrsy said. “And I think the entire conversation about how do we deliver aid to those countries, and is it best spent with a hundred thousand military who have the target on their back in Afghanistan? I don't think so at this particular point in time."
Graham's reaction: "I'm disappointed that some people in our party are not embracing the concept that the outcome in Afghanistan will determine our national security fate for decades to come...I would like to hear [Perry] talk about what does it matter to us as a nation whether Afghanistan is a success or a failure." In his conversation with Rogin, Graham went on to defend America's mission in Afghanistan. "We have 300 million people with targets on their backs here at home. The 100,000 are fighting these guys over there so we don't have to fight them over here...We are going to hand over responsibility to the Afghan government. But the 100,000 troops are needed to stabilize the country."