Harry Reid: Give Iraq to the Terrorists

Via the AFP:

The war in Iraq “is lost” and a US troop surge is failing to bring peace to the country, the leader of the Democratic majority in the US Congress, Harry Reid, said Thursday.

“I believe … that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week,” Reid said, on the same day US President George W. Bush was giving a speech at an Ohio town hall meeting defending the war on terror.

Just disgusting.

UPDATE: troop reaction: here and here as well as at Pat Dollard’s site (note: the end of the reaction has some raw language) .

4 thoughts on “Harry Reid: Give Iraq to the Terrorists

  1. The demeaning tone is getting tiresome. I’m a Malkin robot and a “youngster”.

    Amazing how people on the net seem to know so much about someone they have never met.

    It is disgusting when someone provides aid and comfort to the enemy. This thing wasn’t stated in private or leaked to reporters.

    You claim to be Republican, yet you fail to link to a blog etc. so anyone can evaluate your political assertion. Further, you begin your response with an ad hominem attack. In my mind, that brings your credibility into question.

  2. Who is worst, the one that points out the obvious situation or he that created the situation in the first place? Bush has lost this war, Senator Reid is just pointing out the obvious.

  3. We’ve been through this over and over again. Americans don’t buy it either (especially when even Chuck Shumer says we haven’t lost).

    We have not lost. Ask those on the ground, for one (see here and here).

    War and counter-insurgency operations have always messy, tedious business. It takes years (often close to a decade) to succeed.

    Terrorists will use car bombs and homicide bombings into the future. Their tactic is mostly aimed to demoralize two groups: the Iraqis and the American Homefront. There is no doubt about they will continue for some time, particularly when they have the desired effect on people like Reid and yourselves.

    I’m sure you are also aware of the Sheiks in Anbar successfully urging their fellow tribesman etc to join the Iraqi Police and are now asking for and attaining our support in hunting al-Qaeda in the region. There is also the fact that the Mahdi is in the midst of internal fighting (double edged sword, though – it may disrupt them for a while but could also splinter them into smaller, potentially harder to weed-out groups) while their leader has fled to Iran.

    In terms of Bush, he used the same intel as Clinton et al. Look up the Democrat statements prior to Bush’s presidency (again, another subject that’s been beat to death, but some cannot let go of it). We’re there now and have brought the opportunity of freedom to the Iraqi people. Our forces in ‘the sandbox’ continue to have an optimistic view of their mission and I trust their opinion much more than DC politicians.

    Reid made a statement that served only to embolden the enemy, provided a potentially demoralizing statement to our soldiers in a combat zone, and a blow to a democracy in its infancy. Even the LVRJ, which endorsed him, wrote a stinging rebuke.

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