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Harry Reid Proclaims The Iraq War “Lost”

From an elated Reuters:

Top Senate Democrat to Bush: Iraq war is lost

Thu Apr 19, 2007

By Susan Cornwell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Thursday he told President George W. Bush the Iraq war was lost and the recent U.S. troop increase had accomplished nothing…

“This is the message I took to the president,” Reid said at a news conference.

Now I believe myself … that this war is lost, and that the surge is not accomplishing anything, as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday,” said Reid, of Nevada.

“I know I was like the odd guy out yesterday at the White House, but at least I told him what he needed to hear, not what he wanted to hear,” he added…

In their meeting, Bush and congressional Democrats failed to settle their fight over funding for the Iraq war, as lawmakers pressed Bush to accept a troop withdrawal timetable.

The White House and its Republican allies call such timetables “surrender dates” and say Bush will reject them. The president accuses Democrats of trying to micromanage the war, and has vowed to veto any bill that includes a pullout date.

Reid said his message for Bush was to recall a turning point in the Vietnam War, in the mid 1960s, when Reid said President Lyndon Johnson decided to send thousands more troops to Vietnam despite knowing the conflict was not winnable.

The (Iraq) war can only be won diplomatically, politically and economically, and the president needs to come to that realization,” Reid said.

Bush is adding 30,000 troops to the war effort, mostly in Baghdad, although not all have arrived. Washington has 146,000 troops in Iraq and more than 3,200 U.S. soldiers have lost their lives there.

Reid said he did not think more U.S. troops could help. “I think it’s failed, I say that without any question,” he said of the troop increase.

Has the United States, in all of its history, ever had such a highly placed traitor?

Now I believe myself … that this war is lost, and that the surge is not accomplishing anything…

Fortunately wishing doesn’t make it so.

The (Iraq) war can only be won diplomatically, politically and economically, and the president needs to come to that realization…

Which is it, Senator Reid? Is the war lost or not?

Does “Pinky” have some kind of attention deficit disorder where he can’t even remember what he just so grandly pronounced?

Or is logic, like patriotism, anathama to the man?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 19th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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