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April 06, 2007

Reid Says Bush Should Compromise On Iraq

Reid: Bush must learn to compromise on Iraq

RENO, Nev. (The Las Vegas Sun AP) - President Bush would be to blame, not the Democrat-controlled Congress, if he vetoes a supplemental spending bill for U.S. troops because he has rejected repeated invitations to discuss a compromise, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.

"I'm a legislator, I know how to compromise. He doesn't. That's what he's got to learn," Reid, D-Nev., told The Associated Press.
"Compromise is not a bad word. I think it's been real hard for him to understand he can't do what he did before we had a new Congress in town," Reid said. "He's going to have to learn to deal with it."

Reid made the remarks after he met with a mixed reception at a veterans hospital where he took his plea for troop withdrawals by next fall and called the war in Iraq the "worst foreign policy blunder" in U.S. history.

"The training wheels have to come off and Iraq has got to police it's own civil war. We should not be policing a civil war," Reid told about 80 veterans, doctors and others at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Reno.
"People say if we leave Iraq it's going to be chaos," he said. "It's chaos right now. So whenever we leave, whether it is six days from now or six months from now - we know we'll be out of there in 20 months because that is when Bush is out of office - it is going to be chaos."

Two of the half-dozen or more skeptics in the audience offered pointed criticism of Reid, including one who said the senator's "irresponsible statements" are undermining U.S. troops.

"You are using this as a political football. It's not acceptable," said John Edwards, a veteran and member of a local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, whose national organization has called for Congress to approve funding for the Iraq war without what it called "an arbitrary withdrawal timeline."
Reid said he agrees the nation must make sure U.S. troops have "not died in vain in Iraq."
"Conversely, we have to tell it how it is. We can't paint a picture that doesn't exist," he said.
"Before we invaded, there was not a single terrorist in Iraq. I recognize Saddam Hussein was an evil man and I'm glad he's gone. But invading Iraq did not help the situation. It made it worse."

Reid said earlier he will propose legislation to cut off funds for combat operations, and provide money for only three missions: targeted counterterrorism operations, training and equipping the Iraqi security forces, and to provide security for U.S. personnel and infrastructure.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticized the strategy Wednesday, saying such limits could pull troops from Baghdad neighborhoods, which have been the focus of the latest military buildup in Iraq.
"One real possibility is, if we abandon some of these areas and withdraw into the countryside or whatever to do these targeted missions, that you could have a fairly significant ethnic cleansing inside Baghdad or in Iraq more broadly," Gates said.
Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., is among those who argue Congress has no business "micromanaging this war."
"Our troops are in Iraq fighting an enemy that wants to destroy our way of life, and setting a date for withdrawal would undermine our commanders," he said last week. "Victory is our only option."

Reid spoke and answered questions for about an hour and toured the VA facility.

"I say let's get out of there. Let's understand this war can only be won politically, diplomatically and economically."

Reid said Democrats continue to try to work with the president to avoid a second veto he has promised if another version of a supplemental spending bill has a timetable for withdrawing troops.

"If he does that, he's cutting off the funds to troops. We're not cutting off the funds to troops," Reid said.
"The president is a partner with us on what we do in Iraq whether he wants to be or not. We need to work with him and he needs to work with us."

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

Sen. Reid is despicable and a liar. The “no terrorists in Iraq before our attacks” canard has been disproved many times over. And President Bush needs no lessons in compromise from him. You don’t compromise on war. You don’t compromise on support for our troops. You don’t compromise with terrorists.

The President should occupy the halls of congress with a Battalion of Marines and throw each and every one of these clueless wonders in prison. It is his sworn duty to protect us "against all enemies, foreign and domestic". This bunch of traitorous bastards have gone way over too far in time of war. Arrest them, shoot them, do something for all our sakes.

It’s a hard time for anyone who loves and believes in this country and wants to protect it. The Harry and Nancy show feel powerful, and we feel powerless. This is arrogant, disgraceful, disgusting behavior at its core!!!! It’s a hard and scary time.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 6, 2007 12:55 AM


It's all BDS and 'Pinky' is a major part of it, just like his predecessor,Daschle, he is a stubborn obstructionist and has the backing of every Socialist in Congress, make that every Socialist in both parties of Congress. This started in 1999 before Bush was elected and they have never relented in their hatred even when a major attack occurred they blamed it on Bush even as they signed on to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. Is Rosie writing their script? I'll never forgive them or the RINO's.

Posted by: Jack at April 6, 2007 01:57 AM

Right on Jack - Holy Thursday is fitting for Dirty Harry Reid - aka: General Betrayus! He is the Judas of the 21st century. Matthew 26:21-25
And while they were eating he said, "I tell you the truth that one of you will betray me..." Then Judas, the one that would betray him said, " Surely not I Rabbi?" Jesus answered, " Yes, it is you."

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at April 6, 2007 02:48 AM

Harry said that Bush is trying to be King of the United States--isn't he doing the same?
If he wanted to be President, he should just run and shut his piehole.
It's him and his cronies who are pulling this nation apart and then blaming Bush for it.
It's all about what they want, not what's good for the nation.
Does anyone really think the dummycraps give a rat's patootie about the common working man and woman?
I don't--to them, it's all about money.

Posted by: Lynn at April 6, 2007 06:18 AM

Sounds to me like a spoiled kid who can't bat clean-up because, the skinny kid, can't see the ball and get a hit. So he is going to take his bat and ball and go home, to his Mommy.

So go and tell 'yo' mama Harry, see if we care. This guy is a nitwit, and brain to match.

I saw Hillary on Fox and she is saying they don't want anymore troops hurt, swarmy harry, said the same thing, NOT once has any of these pissants ever mentioned achieving a victory.

But all in all it has been a good week, the nominated Ambassador Sam Fox, who donated to the Swift-boat Veterans for Truth, and was viciously attacked by Hanoi John, and the democrats almost destroyed him. Got a recess appointment.

Isn't that what they call a 'gotcha' score one for the good guys.

Posted by: Mark at April 6, 2007 07:46 AM

Jeez, WT. That picture of Reid is the sum of every hemmorhoid, laxative, embarrasssing itch, bunion, corn, dyspepsia, toothache, cancre sore, chapped lips, sinusitis, hair-loss, sty, ingrown toenail, callous, adult acne, rough toilet paper, enlarge prostate, bed-wetting, wrinkle cream, impotence, mole, wart, aching joint, child molester, premature aging, compulsive masturbation warning, psoriasis, transgender hormone therapy, shingles, scabies, nits, diarhea, bankruptcy, male breast, brewer's droop, gas, adult diaper commercial ever seen.

Oh. Can't forget the "Have You Seen This Man?"
posters at the Post Office.

Posted by: Rhod at April 6, 2007 09:21 AM

Sen. Reid, with a string of criminal acts and a career of lies behind him, is the poster child for term limits. The career Democrap, stressing the value of compromise, meaning the Republicans(RINOs) concede and the dems prevail.

Reid is just doing what is expected now that his party is in power. Like a snake you know will bite. My disappointment is with the republicans whose weak wills led us to this situation. I do not blame the voters so much as I blame repubs "compromising".

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Posted by: Dan at April 6, 2007 07:37 PM

Jack it is a lot like something from Rosie, your right.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 6, 2007 11:41 PM

Darth...good one.."General Betrayus"...perfect name for Reid.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 6, 2007 11:43 PM

Lynn, your so right. Reid is exactly what you said. Amazing how anyone votes for these jerks, but they do.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 6, 2007 11:47 PM

Mark it has been a good week, I love the Sam Fox answered Kerry. Kerry tried his best to make it look bad for Sam Fox,but nope it only made Kerry look like a jerk.

And our troops caught a lot of insurgents this week too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 6, 2007 11:49 PM

Rhod..........LMAO it does doesn't it. hahahahha

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 6, 2007 11:50 PM

Tom, yes he sure is, I would love to see that term limits for all of them. Let them learn they need to appreciate the power we give them and they time is short to mess with like they have been doing.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 6, 2007 11:53 PM

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Is there another blog or site to go to?

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 6, 2007 11:55 PM


Thank you and I'm not sure why it is coming up as page not found.

It is a direct copy/paste so it should work. I'll try again and if it doesn't work maybe try googling "Falling Panda"

Thank you again WT.

Posted by: Dan at April 7, 2007 12:49 AM

Ok, that one is working and the other link didn't work because I must of added a comma when I pasted it. I'll have to plead the 5th!

Thanks WT, and a Good Friday, Happy Easter and Passover to all.

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Posted by: Wild Thing at April 7, 2007 03:07 AM