Reiding The Riot Act

1 comment April 23rd, 2007at 05:53pm Posted by Eli

I think Harry Reid just hit Dubya with the whole sofa:

Defying a fresh veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass legislation within days requiring the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq beginning Oct. 1, with a goal of completing the pullout in six months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday.

The word “goal” is problematic to say the least, but Reid definitely talks a good game.

The Nevada Democrat outlined the elements of the legislation in a speech a few hours after Bush said he will reject any legislation along the lines of what Democrats intend to pass. ”I will strongly reject an artificial timetable (for) withdrawal and/or Washington politicians trying to tell those who wear the uniform how to do their job,” the president said.

This is a dishonest frame (would you expect anything less?). The Democrats are not meddling in military strategy; they are pointing out that the war is already lost and it’s time to get out. Telling the doctor the patient is gone is not the same as telling him how to use the defibrillator paddles.

Okay, back to Harry:

Reid said Bush was in ”a state of denial” over the war, and likened him to another commander in chief four decades ago. ”I remember when President Johnson, trying to save his political legacy, initiated the first of many surges into Vietnam in 1965,” he said.

Reid said thousands more U.S. troops died in Vietnam in the years that followed. Now, he said, Bush ”is the only person who fails to face this war’s reality – and that failure is devastating not just for Iraq’s future, but for ours.”


”The military mission has long since been accomplished. The failure has been political. It has been policy. It has been presidential.”


”I understand the restlessness that some feel. Many who voted for change in November anticipated dramatic and immediate results in January,” he said.

”But like it or not, George W. Bush is still the commander in chief — and this is his war,” Reid said.

Reid said Democrats have sought Republican support for their attempts to force Bush to change course. ”Only the president is the odd man out, and he is making the task even harder by demanding absolute fidelity from his party.”

Looking beyond Bush’s expected veto, he said, ”If the president disagrees, let him come to us with an alternative. Instead of sending us back to square one with a veto, some tough talk and nothing more, let him come to the table in the spirit of bipartisanship that Americans demand and deserve.”

I particularly love that last bit, since Dubya loved to make the same demand every time the Democrats declared the war a disaster. Now Reid is painting Bush as the carping obstructionist without a plan.

Hrmf. AP appears to have cut one of Harry’s lines since I came back to the story. Fortunately, I still have the original version open…

Reid noted disapprovingly that in a speech last week, Bush repeatedly said there were signs of progress in Iraq in the wake of a troop increase he ordered last winter.

“The White House transcript says the president made those remarks in the state of Michigan. I believe he made them in the state of denial.”

Ouch. There also used to be a paragraph in there about the Democrats adding a minimum wage increase to the supplemental.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Iraq,Politics

1 Comment

  • 1. virgotex  |  April 23rd, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    “The White House transcript says the president made those remarks in the state of Michigan. I believe he made them in the state of denial.”

    Awwwww nahhhhhh. I love me some trash talk, Harry!

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