Friday, October 15, 2010

What Harry Reid Supports

I picked up this video from the Reid - Angle debate from the Hot Air headlines.

Let's transcribe part of it:

Moderator: Senator Reid, you were quoted as saying the following: "The war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence," end quote. [...]

Reid: Mitch, I first met General Petraeus in Iraq. The statement that I made was made following General Petraeus saying "the war cannot be won militarily". He said and I said the war can only be won militarily, ecomically and diplomatically. That's why after I made my statement, and Gen Petraeus made his statements, we did the surge then, not later. And it was the right thing to do. The surge worked because we brought in the economy working with the Sunnis, we brought in diplomacy woking with...and that's how we got the Sunni awakening, so they start fighting the people who were causing all the trouble. General Petraeus has done a good job. He's my friend. I'm glad he's in Afghanistan. And I have supported the troops........

Wait. What?

Reid is really trying to play like he and Petraeus were on the same page back then? That what he said was based on what General Petraeus told him?


Reid said "the war is lost" on April 19, 2007.

But "the war is lost" is not the only statement Reid made back in April of 2007 regarding the surge. And it's not even the most relevant statement Reid made regarding General Petraeus. Let's cut to April 24, 2007:

CNN Interviewer: "General Petraeus is going to come to the Hill...and make it clear to you that there is progress going on in Iraq...will you believe him?"

Reid: "No. I won't believe him because it isn't happening."

Seriously. We've gone over this before. It was less than two weeks prior to the statement that he wasn't going to believe General Petraeus that Reid tipped his hand as to why he was pushing Iraq-as-lost so hard:

"We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war," Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) told reporters yesterday. "Senator Schumer has shown me numbers that are compelling and astounding."

When Harry Reid says he supports the troops, he's lying. He supports getting himself and other Democrats elected. And that's it.

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