In April 2007 Harry Reid ignited criticism that still follows him when he stepped in front of the TV cameras and declared that the War in Iraq was lost.
“I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and — you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows — (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday,” said Reid.
But after three years of hearing from the critics, Reid has finally explained why he made that controversial statement…to win the war. Yep that’s right, Harry Reid expects us to believe that his comment about losing the war, won the war.
On the same day the President made his speech on the Iraq war, the Las Vegas Review-Journal published a Q&A session where they asked both the Reid and Angle campaigns questions about U.S. policy in Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror.
Asked about his 2007 war is lost comment Reid implied that it was all part of a “successful” ploy to force President Bush to refocus on political reconciliation.
At the time Sen. Reid made this comment, President Bush had been pursuing a failed, stay-the-course strategy that had cost thousands of American lives and billions of taxpayer dollars. Iraq appeared to be on the verge of a sectarian civil war. He was simply pointing out what our military leaders, including Gen. Petraeus, had been saying for months: that we could not win by staying the course; the war needed to be won diplomatically, politically, and economically. Sen. Reid and his colleagues were successful in forcing President Bush to finally abandon his failed approach and refocus on political reconciliation. This is what ultimately paved the way for the Iraqi government to take greater responsibility for Iraq’s future. Sen. Reid’s comments were directed at President Bush and his following of misguided policymakers, not at the heroic troops who continue to serve our country with incredible courage.
Sometimes a politician spins a story in a way that is so outrageous, so convoluted, that you just have to marvel at the attempt. This is not one of those times. Harry Reid’s spin is another indication of his total disdain for the American People. He must really believe we are all stupid if he expects us to accept that story.