Reid’s Politicking of the War

20 04 2007

Filed under: War on Terror, Harry Reid, Politics, Surge

Harry Reid says the War in Iraq is lost:

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.

Why declare the loss now, Harry? There is violence somewhere in Iraq every day. And why does Harry and the Democrats continue to blatently ignore the progress we ARE making in Iraq? Simple answer: the war is politics to them.

Now, anyone can look in the past and criticize Bush saying he should have done ____. But, for Americans, this war is not about politics or looking good in a poll. It’s about ensuring our safety and helping Iraq avoid an ethnic cleansing. It’s about staying the course, which in itself has managed to confound narcissistic Democrats. They know very well what stay the course means and when we change or alter approaches, it’s not a flip-flop. They would very much like to rid their party of that label, but with so many glaring examples coming from the Left and the noticable avoidance by the Democrat’s ally, the media, they never will.

Most Democrats would disagree with Reid, but because war is a political game to them, they won’t criticize him for his huge gaffe. That’s fine by Republicans. It’ll serve as a great appetizer come election season this time next year on yet another Democrat revealing their true heart about the war, the lack of threat of terrorism, and the troops.

Hot Air:

Bear in mind, only 60% of the surging forces have even deployed yet.

Exit question: If the war is lost, why did Reid invite Petraeus to brief the Senate next Wednesday?

Wizbang:

Before Harry Reid proclaims the surge is a failure, maybe he should wait until it’s in full swing for a while.

Michelle Malkin (and an update post) has an outpouring of reader emails that should let Dingy Harry know that Americans support the War and the troops, and his newfound power did not come with a big white flag. Here’s a sampling:

Senator Reid,

You, sir, are not any average, private citizen. You are a Senator of the United States of America, and whatever your political views or allegiances may be, you must first show loyalty to and serve with honor your country. Yet, you do not do so, and you have disgraced whatever nobility or honor you might have earned serving your constituency.

Even if our efforts in Iraq were an absolute failure, which they are surely not, you abuse your position and the Nation’s trust by declaring that the war is lost. Can you not comprehend how wrong it is for you to make such a statement?! Regardless of your partisan views, which seem to me awfully petty indeed when compared to the national security of our country or the lives of our soldiers, you must have enough sense of decency or patriotism that, at the least, to know that you don’t damage or hurt your nation and the public servants with the most on the line?!

Reader Randy in Iraq:

I have been in Iraq nearly 3 years. Six month ago, I too was ready to write off success in Iraq. The change in strategy has made a significant difference here. Outside of Baghdad and nearby cities, life has improved. The employment has not increased significantly, but the hopes of the people have improved.

Many of my friends who live in Baghdad are able to travel safely if they avoid troubled spots. My contacts with members of the Iraqi government see major changes in attitude and performance as they better understand their jobs.

Most important, the question of who is in charge of reconstruction has been answered in the latest strategies. Experts who are able to assist Iraqis rebuild their own country are now working in Iraq. Some of the NGOs are even working towards the same goals.

Iraqis have historically waited to see what faction would win, then go with the winner. Many are now taking sides with the Coalition Forces and the current Iraqi Government because they do not want the alternative.

Major changes have occurred in Iraq during the past few months. Pulling US troops or setting a time table for pulling out US troops will result in a massacre similar to Cambodia. This will spell disaster for the economy of the world. The terrorists are losing in Iraq. Their own people are informing on them. Continuous pressure and incremental gains are achieving our goals in Iraq. Now is not the time to quit!

LT Nichols also in Baghdad:

Senator Reid: When you say we’ve lost in Iraq, I don’t think you understand the effect of your words. The Iraqis I speak with are the good guys here, fighting to build a stable government. They hear what you say, but they don’t understand it. They don’t know about the political game, they don’t know about a Presidential veto, and they don’t know about party politics.

But they do know that if they help us, they are noticed by terrorists and extremists. They decide to help us if they think we can protect them from those terrorists. They tell us where caches of weapons are hidden. They call and report small groups of men who are strangers to the neighborhood, men that look the same to us, but are obvious to them as a foreign suicide cell.

To be brief, your words are killing us. Your statements make the Iraqis afraid to help us for fear we’ll leave them unprotected in the future. They don’t report a cache, and its weapons blow up my friends in a convoy. They don’t report a foreign fighter, and that fighter sends a mortar onto my base. Your statements are noticed, and they have an effect.

Finally, you are mistaken when you say we are losing. We are winning, I see it every day. However, we will win with fewer casualties if you help us. Will you?

The words of a great Founder come to mind:

“Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, ‘What should be the reward of such sacrifices?’ Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship, and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen! – Samuel Adams

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