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April 26, 2007

Democrat Leaders and Protesters Turn Congress Into Thug World

Chaos erupted Wednesday outside a House briefing with Army Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. military commander on the ground in Iraq.

Protestors thronged the halls of the Rayburn House Office Building outside the committee room where Petraeus is briefing members of Congress. The assembled protestors, which included members of Code Pink, shouted for members to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq as the lawmakers entered the room.

Then, Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, the ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to resign after suggesting the war in Iraq “is lost.”

"It must come as a shock to Al Qaeda leaders to have an aide come into their safe house and tell them that Senator Reid has declared that, in fact, they are winning and the war is lost," Hunter said. "I think it's highly irresponsible for the leader of the U.S. Senate to have said that and, just speaking for myself as the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, I think that the leader of the Senate should step down from that position."

That prompted the protestors to shout him down and pandemonium ensued before Capitol Police officers cleared the hallway for reporters, members and aides.

Both parties have scheduled on-camera briefings following the meeting to share their impressions of what Petraeus has to say.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) scheduled a briefing for Democrats on Wednesday afternoon, a day after ABC reported that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would not attend the meeting.

Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, said the American military campaign in Iraq is "making progress," but admitted there have been setbacks amid a highly complex political environment among the various factions within the Iraqi government.

Petraeus also denied that he has come under pressure from President Bush or other political leaders to paint a false or skewed picture of the U.S. military campaign in Iraq.

"I am not being pressured by the president to say anything," Petraeus told reporters after 3 hours of back-to-back briefings of House and Senate members on the situation in Iraq. "I am not going to be pressured by political leaders of either party."

Petraeus, who was confirmed by the Senate in late January to take over command of U.S. forces in Iraq, also declined to be dragged into the controversy over the $124 billion Iraq funding bill being debated by Congress this week. The legislation includes a "goal" of having most American forces out of Iraq by March 31, 2008. Bush has threatened to veto the legislation, although Democratic congressional leaders have refused to back down in the face of Bush's position, saying the majority of the American public is on their side in seeking an end to the war.

"I am not going to get in the middle of discussion about various legislative proposals," Petraeus said.

Petraeus said he "tried to give an accurate assessment of the situation in Iraq" to lawmakers. He reported that sectarian murders were down significantly inside Baghdad itself, while adding that the security situation in Anbar province, the heart of the Sunni insurgency, is also improving.

He rattled off a list of insurgent "networks" that have been rounded up, including some responsible for IED attacks and car bombs.

Petraeus added that the U.S. military commanders "have learned a great deal more about Iranian involvement, very nefarious involvement" inside Iraq, including funding and training for insurgent forces.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Reid, D-Nev., dismissed Cheney's comments. "I'm not going to get into a name-calling match with the administration's chief attack dog," he told reporters.

He calls Cheney the "chief attack dog" in a statement saying he isn't going to get in a name calling match. Real substantive debate there Harry.

There is a reason Al Qaeda cheered when the dems won in November. But not because Al Qaeda liked them better, it knows if the democRats are able to stay in power and if they get the White House back, the terrorists will be able to attack us again and the rat’s won’t do anything about it. The liberals are so dumb to believe when the terrosts attack, they will ask who is a democrat, and who is a Repuplican

Posted by Wild Thing at April 26, 2007 12:55 AM


Let's hear it for Pelosi & Meatballs... General Betrayus'...and the 19 Blue State Yellow Coat nation! Pelosi went to Damascus to meet with Islamomaniacs and stood-up General Petreaus yesterday? Power to the VETO power and 'Don't Mess With Texas!' Bye Bye Tokyoyoyo Rosie goodbye. Unfortunately, Rosie will resurface because whales have to. And her gal pal mate will have to start using coupons, eh? "Thar she blows...Arrrrrrrrr Mateys!"

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at April 26, 2007 01:28 AM

PS: How about ... BEAT NIKS... DEFEAT NIKS ...

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at April 26, 2007 05:41 AM

You know what's really sad? Nazi is ruining it for women in power. People now fear powerful women. And Harry's just ruining it for everyone.
Out here, no one even wants to run for public office anymore. That's really sad. We have to continually put up with the same old idiots day in and day out for years--those who get elected on a miniscule of votes because no one cares anymore.
Henceforth, we get morons in office like Harry and his cohorts. People want change, but they aren't willing to make the change themselves.

Posted by: Lynn at April 26, 2007 06:00 AM

Lynn said it well why we have such poor leadership. We have been lied to and disappointed so frequently, it is difficult to vote and feel satisfied afterward.

I thought it was illegal to have protests inside federal buildings. Of course, the far out Left is so nutty they don't care about right and wrong anyway. Gen Patraeus has enough to battle. He should not have to be confronted by a bunch of beserk "pinkos".

Posted by: TomR at April 26, 2007 06:49 AM

I just watched General Petraeus give a press briefing, he laid it out as it is, war isn't something that conforms to anyone's timetable, which is why we are still defending Korea. What's amazing is the tenacity of the press trying to trip General Petraeus up or put words in his mouth. Lynn is spot on about Pelosi and the rest of those nitwits, the leadership is piss poor. I embarrased my wife yesterday with my outburst to an RNC caller(beggar)when I lapsed into the vernacular and she's case hardened to my verbage,(folks, they unbderstand vernacular). I've had it with both sides and their gutless wonders.
We all had an early example of how these slimy rats work, remember when they left Texas to avoid Tom Delay's redistricting plan as mandated under the constitution. We all thought that when a federal three-judge panel decided after a lengthy trial that the plan was constitutional, that also meant that it was “legal.” They trumped up charges that forced Delay out. The same tactic is being used on the Iraq War after they signed on to the deal. The Democrat way: If you can't win in an honest election, referendum or fair fight just legislate it out of existence. What's amazing is the Democrat Party is totally controlled by the freak fringe and the rest fall into the frog march behind them, including our RINO's.

Posted by: Jack at April 26, 2007 12:00 PM

Best Reid graphic I've seen all day! Still say he looks like Hitler! Amazement remains on the ease our Senate chose General Petraeus - knowing full well his underlying program - then pull the rug out from under him.

Posted by: chrys at April 26, 2007 09:55 PM

Why isn't Pelosi in jail for treason? Why isn't Reid being rolled over for his comments? Time for someone in the Bush administration to man up and put the liberals back in their padded cell.

Posted by: raz0r at April 26, 2007 10:03 PM

Darth, bet your right about Rosie going to Rosie resurface. There is a certain element out there that approves of her. ick!

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 26, 2007 11:09 PM

Darth, hahaha good ones!

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 26, 2007 11:10 PM

Lynn your so right,the good people don't want to run. So much of those running are the same old faces over and over again and we know we don't want them but they just won't go away. sigh

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 26, 2007 11:12 PM

Tom I thought so too, I never knew a protest group would be allowed in the halls like that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 26, 2007 11:13 PM

Jack that is great that you got to see him speak. Thank you for sharing about it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 26, 2007 11:14 PM

Chrys thank you.
I agree that has been awful how they are pulling the rug from under him. Disgusting.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 26, 2007 11:15 PM

razOr it amazes me too why she isn't in jail and some others too. I just don't get it at all.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 26, 2007 11:16 PM

Anything to undermine our nation and our military!

I'm so sick of the Dems that I can barely stand to watch the news.

Posted by: Always On Watch at April 27, 2007 12:46 PM