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Cheers From the GOP on Afghanistan Strategy

It was no surprise when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) came out a few hours ago in enthusiastic support of President Obama’s Afghanistan policy. (“We’ve said for some time that we must refocus our resources on threats like al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border region,” Reid said, without identifying the “we.”)

Now he’s joined by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who cheered the strategy and vowed to work with Obama to implement it. The full statement follows after the jump:

I commend the President’s announced strategy for Afghanistan today which includes a surge of forces and a renewed commitment to dismantling Al Qaeda and combating the Taliban. Republicans are supportive of these national objectives and will work with the administration to develop policies to secure greater cooperation from the government of Pakistan to rid the tribal areas of terrorist sanctuaries. We are fortunate to have Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen and General Petraeus manage this surge and the counterinsurgency strategy as well.

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