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Leadership is different that just criticising, isn’t it Mr. Reid?
Posted by: McQ on Monday, December 18, 2006

Sen. Harry Reid, incoming Senate Majority leader, thinks that sending in more troops to Iraq, at least short term, may be an acceptable idea:
The Senate's top Democrat offered qualified support Sunday for a plan to increase U.S. troops in Iraq, saying it would be acceptable as part of a broader strategy to bring combat forces home by 2008.
Now, of course, not offered is any reasoning as to why it's only an acceptable idea if it means we bring home combat troops in 2008. Does it mean he thinks we can "win?" I thought that was impossible.
"The American people will not allow this war to go on as it has. It simply is a war that will not be won militarily. It can only be won politically," Reid said.
Really? Then why agree, even tentatively, to send in more troops - unless, of course, Reid considers an increased military presence part of the political solution. Make sense to anyone?

Anyway, as you can imagine, a particular portion of the left is not at all happy with Mr. Reid's support:
The American people voted for getting the hell out when they put the Democrats in charge of Congress. Harry Reid better get that straight.

President Bush is floundering, he’s got little or no support from the American people, he’s lost his rubber stamp Congress, not to mention the firewall against investigation of the lead up and execution of this war that the GOP Congress provided. In short, Bush is in trouble and I can’t figure out what Harry Reid gets out of supporting yet another White House fantasy, especially one that includes putting more of our young men and women in harms way.

[...]

Sending more troops to Iraq is as dumb as it sounds and Harry Reid shouldn’t be afraid to say so.
That's fairly typical of the reactions you'll find out there from the usual suspects.

So how does Harry get out of this gracefully? Especially when you have these guys speaking out:
Sen. Jack Reed (news, bio, voting record), D-R.I., said that if it were a short-term increase, "won't our adversaries simply adjust their tactics, wait us out and wait until we reduce again? So I think you'd have to ask very serious questions about the utility of this."

Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said, "I respect Harry Reid on it, but that's not where I am."

Kennedy, like Reed a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said there would be widespread opposition by members of his committee if Bush proposed a troop increase.

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said any proposal to send more troops should only follow a political solution that will end civil unrest. "The president and others who support the surge have it exactly backwards," Biden said during a speech in Manchester, N.H.
So now what, Mr. Reid?
 
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So now what, Mr. Reid?
Blame Rove?
 
Written By: shark
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I don;t understand where people get off thinking that the change in government means the votes want out of Iraq right away. Didnt they see that liberman won? It means the voters want a change, and are not happy with how the government is handling things. Other that that, its just speculation.
 
Written By: josh b
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I guess the reasoning is that if they send troops now, and bring even more of them home, they’ll look like bigger heroes.

On a side note, I, for one, am looking forward to mkultra’s rationalization of Reid’s plan.

 
Written By: steverino
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On a side note, I, for one, am looking forward to mkultra’s rationalization of Reid’s plan.
Come on steverino, you know even now what it will be ... two words: "Bush’s fault".
 
Written By: McQ
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WEll if you say it enough, the masses will think i true. I mean who wants to be the odd man out when all my friends think something.
 
Written By: josh b
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McQ, I know what it will be. But I want to see the mental gymnastics he goes through to get there.

My prediction: he’ll claim that the Dems are forced to send more troops to do the job that Bush should have done first. (Or is it the job Bush never should have started? I can’t get the arguments straight.)
 
Written By: steverino
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Isn’t Reid just "listening to the Generals" as they’ve been saying Rumsfeld and Bush should do?
 
Written By: ChrisB
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On a side note, I, for one, am looking forward to mkultra’s rationalization of Reid’s plan.
Why would I want to rationlize it? It’s a stupid idea.

We should have never invaded. And we should pull out now. That has always been my position.

The McQ’s of the world, by contrast, believe it is a good idea to stay. To do what? Basically, at this point, we are fighting against both sides in a civil war. Worse, we are training the very same death squads that we are fighting.
Come on steverino, you know even now what it will be ... two words: "Bush’s fault".
If it’s not Bush’s fault, whose fault is it? CNN’s? Cindy Sheehan’s?
 
Written By: mkultra
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Isn’t Reid just "listening to the Generals" as they’ve been saying Rumsfeld and Bush should do?
Uh, actually no ... he’s listening to Bush.

Heh.

 
Written By: McQ
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If it’s not Bush’s fault, whose fault is it?
Case.

Rested.
 
Written By: McQ
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If it’s not Bush’s fault, whose fault is it? CNN’s? Cindy Sheehan’s?
Uh .... the terrorists?
 
Written By: SaveFarris
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If it’s not Bush’s fault, whose fault is it?
The Iraqis
 
Written By: josh b
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MK - since it’s a bad idea we have:
The (Reids) of the world, by contrast, believe it is a good idea to stay. To do what? Basically, at this point, we are fighting against both sides in a civil war. Worse, we are training the very same death squads that we are fighting.
Who’s fault is it that Reid thinks this is a good idea? Bush’s?

Howzat?

Your party dude, your party.
Live with it.

(Oh, and Obama doesn’t have the experience necessary to be President of the United States yet, live with that too.)
 
Written By: looker
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Yeah MK. Iraq is YOUR party’s responsibility now. You wanted it, you got it. Enjoy!

Now I can sit back and snipe from the sidelines like you have for 6 years....
(Oh, and Obama doesn’t have the experience necessary to be President of the United States yet, live with that too.)
What are you talking about? He’s John Edwards redux.
 
Written By: shark
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"If it’s not Bush’s fault, whose fault is it?"

Okay, okay. It’s my fault. Im sorry, and I won’t do it again.
 
Written By: timactual
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"If it’s not Bush’s fault, whose fault is it?"
I say it’s the fault of all those principled antiwar Dems who voted for the war because:

1) They felt it was in their political interests at the time
2) They were "duped" by a man they denigrated as an imbecile for years

Either way, if these principled Dems had voted then the way they all run around yelling about now, Iraq never would’ve happend this way.

Blame Hillary. Blame Reid. Blame Kerry. Blame John Edwards. Blame anyone with a (D) after their name who were really against it but still let it happen.

Sorry MK....your party owns it now.

HAW HAW
 
Written By: shark
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The American people voted for getting the hell out when they put the Democrats in charge of Congress.

Yeah, just ask Senator Lamont.

Oh wait ...
 
Written By: Achillea
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