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Harry Reid - progress in Iraq harder to deny, even for him
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, December 22, 2007

Reid a couple of days ago.
"The surge hasn't accomplished its goals," Reid said. "... We're involved, still, in an intractable civil war."
Reid yesterday on NPR:
"We sent other troops over there, and there are a lot of reasons the surge certainly hasn't hurt. It's helped. I recognize that.
So where is this grudging acknowledgment of progress coming from? As I noted yesterday, its coming from Congressional Democratic "Iraq fatigue". It is slowly dawning on even Harry Reid that Iraq is becoming an election year loser for them. If progress continues, and that's not a given by any means, it will be interesting to see how much or little Dems address the subject.

If you read the whole interview, you'll see the new "ethnic cleansing" talking point batted around by Reid (i.e. the only reason there's progress is the neighborhoods have been "ethnically cleansed" - another example of defining a term down). We've seen that same spurious argument proffered by our usual coterie of liberal commenters here.

And then there's my favorite 'argument' which puts in a nutshell the problem with Democrats:
But this war is costing us $12 billion a month in borrowed money. There are some who say it's already cost us about $800 billion. And that's direct cost for the war.

[...]

How much longer are we going to be asked to spend $12 billion a month on this war, when we don't have money for health care? We tried to get 10,000 poor children health insurance. The president said there's not enough money to do that.

We've tried to do some good things with having alternative energy, that is, have energy that's developed by sun and wind and geothermal. The president said there's not enough money for that. There's money needed for education. The Leave No Child Behind Act is leaving children behind. We need money to take care of that; there isn't enough money because of the war in Iraq.
Got that? National defense is "optional" and costs "too much money". Entitlements are mandatory and are where the money should, in fact, must go (BTW, Reid also totally mischaracterizes the Bush argument on SCHIP). If ever there were better proof of the present perversion of the Constitution by the left, I haven't seen it.
 
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(Tap, tap) Hello? Is anybody here?

Based on that hollow echo, I guess not...
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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sounds like the argument I got into with those idiots over in the Democrats and Iraq thread a few days ago.

Redefining ’ethnic cleansing’ to fit your ideology because nothing factual seems to fit with it.

A little bit of learning is a dangerous thing.
 
Written By: Joel. C.
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So in clear, concise and chillingly forensic style, Cordesman spells out that the real stakes in the crisis that is building over Iran’s nuclear ambitions would certainly include the end of Persian civilization, quite probably the end of Egyptian civilization, and the end of the Oil Age. This would also mean the end of globalization and the extraordinary accretions in world trade and growth and prosperity that are hauling hundreds of millions of Chinese and Indians and others out of poverty.
This is sobering.
 
Written By: Neo
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Neo — Sobering, indeed. I don’t talk about it much, but I consider nuclear war in the Middle East a possibility that will grow more likely over time as technological creep makes those weapons increasingly cheaper and easier.

That’s why I’d rather fight the Islamists now than later. In my view those who oppose the Iraq War seriously underestimate the risks of the status quo—if they are aware of them at all.
 
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