Republicans blast back in response to comments made by the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about the war in Iraq. OK, I get it, Senator Reid doesn't like the war and probably does not like President Bush. But will someone please tell me the benefit of spouting off in public to the news media that the war in Iraq is lost. Reid said the following:
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 (Wednesday).
If I was a soldier on the ground in Iraq, I'd be questioning the next time I’m out on patrol just what the ... am I doing out here? Representative Kay Granger (R-TX) had it right when she said:
Instead of a road map to success, we are being asked to support a plan for defeat. We're being asked to announce to our enemies a date for surrender.
"Hang it Up Harry" has gone too far this time and needs to apologize to the troops and the American people far publicly voicing his negative beliefs. It's demoralizing, self-defeating, misplaced, and just plain irresponsible.
People around the world (especially in Iraq) who don't completely understand how our government functions could view Reid's remarks as speaking for the U.S. Government and hurt our ability to garner support from the citizens of Iraq. In addition, his comments show me that he has very little understanding of the ability and determination of our men and women serving our country in the Armed Forces.
Criticizing the President's policies privately and trying to seek a compromise on the war funding bill in an effort to push your agenda is part of politics and a majority of Americans can accept that and live with it. But there are a lot of people across this country that have sons, daughters, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues fighting this War on Terror. Let's raise our voices loud and clear that we support the troops and can win this war in Iraq!
A realistic goal, especially if we allow the finest military in the world to take their gloves off and conduct a tactical war that would bring the enemy in Iraq to their knees. Unfortunately, innocent people may get hurt in the process, but we'd complete our mission with honor and avoid many of the ghosts that haunt us now from the Vietnam era..you know...the ones politicians frequently remind us about daily with the media's help.
I felt President Bush's response to Senator Reid's remarks were dignified and articulated well before an audience yesterday in Ohio.
One closing thought to mull over:
Just recently I listened to one of those audio books titled the Memoirs of Major Dick Winters, you probably remember his story from the mini-series titled Band of Brothers which aired on HBO. When I think back now about the campaigns he and Easy Company fought in during World War II within the European Theater, I shudder to think how they would have responded to such negative comments from a member of the House or Senate (especially the Senate Majority Leader) announcing publicly that we're going to lose the war in Europe. Back then responsible politicians didn’t do things like that...we're Americans for crying out loud! We're supposed to be on the same team aren’t we? Politicians...NUTS!