Senator Joe Biden said on Face the Nation it is “long past time” that the U.S. ready troops to hunt Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. He also called for an increased presence of U.S. special forces and intelligence officers in Afghanistan.
Fred Thompson also discussed Pakistan yesterday on Meet the Press. He said the United States should not suspend aid to Pakistan, but said it should “play hardball” with President Pervez Musharraf over his suspension of the constitution. Thompson also defended current U.S. strategy in Iraq, saying “a lot of good things” have happened there over the last five months. He said the United States should “be prepared” to launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran to prevent the country from gaining nuclear capacity.
Senator Chris Dodd criticized the Bush administration for “loading up Musharraf with too much for him to probably carry” by engaging in a “war of choice in Iraq” rather than focusing on Afghanistan.