Iraq war is ‘lost’: US Democrat leader

I’m disgusted by Harry Reid.  My only solice is the fact that I and my children will out live the current generation of Vietnam era defeatists, hippies and closet communists.  With hard work and luck we can hope to repair the half century of damage that they have caused our once great nation.  I did a report in 8th grade U.S. History entitled “The value crisis of the 60s”.  How poignant those yellowed six or so pages seem to me now.  

Iraq war is ‘lost’: US Democrat leader

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 told journalists.

Reid said he had delivered the same message to US President George W. Bush on Wednesday, when the US president met with senior lawmakers to discuss how to end a standoff over an emergency war funding bill.

“I know I was the odd guy out at the White House, but I told him at least what he needed to hear … I believe the war at this stage can only be won diplomatically, politically and economically.”

Congress is seeking to tie funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to a timetable to withdraw US troops from Iraq next year, but Bush has vowed to veto any such bill and no breakthrough was reported from the White House talks.

Bush on Thursday was addressing an Ohio town hall meeting and defending the war on terror launched in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

“It is the most solemn duty of our country, is to protect our country from harm,” Bush told the invited audience in Tipp, Ohio.

“A lesson learned was that — at least in my opinion — that in order to protect us, we must aggressively pursue the enemy and defeat them elsewhere so that we do not have to face them here.”

But Reid drew a parallel with former US president Lyndon Johnson who decided to deploy more troops in Vietnam some 40 years ago when 24,000 US troops had already been killed.

“Johnson did not want a war loss on his watch, so he surged in Vietnam. After the surge was over, we added 34,000 to the 24,000 who died in Vietnam,” Reid said.

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3 Comments

  1. A. We never should have listened to bush’s lies and invaded Iraq

    B. Kenny Rogers said it best “You got to hold, know when to fold, know when to walk away ……”

  2. I’ve been saying that to myself for quite some time now. I’ve been somewhat reluctant to say it loudly and publicly because, frankly, it strikes me as somewhat uncouth and mean.

    But still true. This generation of leadership is burdened by the failure of Vietnam and can’t see past it and it is not good for the country whatever the gasdocpol’s and no-American-deaths-are-worth-it types might say.

  3. I lived through the Vietnam era. To me the Domino theory made sense. At the time i was a Naval Reserve Officer and and in favor of the war. At some point, it made sense to get out which we eventully did and i now agree that it was the right thing to do and probably should have been sooner.

    I supported Desert Storm and the Afganistan invasion but was strongly and vocally against the Iraq invasion. Not only was it unnecessary but it was stupid and disastrous for the USA.

    It offends many people to say that Bush deliberately lied. Hitler correctly obsrved that if you tell a big enough lie, many people will believe you.


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