The GOP congressional campaign committee sent out a fundraising appeal today calling Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal to put Nancy Pelosi “in her place” over the war in Afghanistan.
The NRCC email accused Pelosi of “backpedaling” on support for the war “amidst increasing criticism from the radical left.” Pelosi recently said liberal support for the troop increases McChrystal has advocated could be “difficult” to obtain.
NRCC communications director Ken Spain, quoted in the fundraising email: “”Nancy Pelosi continues to make party politics a higher priority than our national security. Rather than listening to a four-star general’s assessments on Afghanistan, General Pelosi somehow believes she is better suited to craft our country’s military policy.”
“Taxpayers can only hope McChrystal is able to put her in her place,” the email concludes.
Late Update: The NRCC defended the email throughout the day today. Greg Sargent posts this email from Spain:
“The Speaker of the House is taking on a highly decorated general who has outlined a strategy in Afghanistan that she once claimed to advocate. This is the same San Francisco liberal whose military foresight — or lack thereof — led her to oppose General Petraeus’ successful surge strategy. Up until it became politically inconvenient, Pelosi and her puppets were referring to Afghanistan as the ‘real central front’ in the war on terror, now their excuse is that there is just not enough political will to keep America safe. Nancy Pelosi might think she’s a general, but she’s playing out of her league and she knows it.”