For those who are unable to identify him simply by the smell, this weasel is Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, our Senate Majority Leader. He is essentially the No. 4 Democrat on Capitol Hill, has among his responsibilities a large role in the hopeful rescue of this nation from the brink of economic collapse and, with the possible exception of whatever insulation can be provided by Rahm Emanuel, has unfettered access to the ear of Barack Obama.
The short video clip is from yesterday’s Meet the Press. Forget, for a moment, how Reid not-so-artfully backpedaled on the appointment of Roland Burris by corrupt Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Forget, for a moment, that he’s apparently been on the telephone with Sen. John McCain about reintroducing a bill similar to the McCain-Kennedy Comprehensive Immigration Reform disaster introduced and thankfully shot down in the spring of 2007. Forget, for a moment, that he is actually on the right side of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Concentrate simply on what appears in the video clip and the full comments from Reid on the state of the war in Iraq. Here’s the transcript:
MR. GREGORY: Let me ask you about the war in Iraq. In April of 2007, this is what you said: “I believe myself that … this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything.” Were you wrong?
SEN. REID: David, I first met General David Petraeus in Iraq. He was training the Iraqi forces at that time. At that time, he knew it wasn’t working. After he became the commander in Iraq, he and I sat down and talked. He said to me, and he said within the sound of everyone’s voice, “The war cannot be won militarily.” I said it differently than he did. But it needed a change in direction. Petraeus brought that about. He brought it about–the surge helped, of course it helped. But in addition to that, the urging of me and other people in Congress and the country dictated a change, and that took place. So…
MR. GREGORY: But you said the surge was not accomplishing anything. Even Barack Obama said last fall that it exceeded everyone’s expectations and succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.
SEN. REID: Listen, at that–the time that statement was made, the surge–they weren’t talking about the surge. Petraeus added to the surge some very, very interesting things that changed things. He said a lot–just simply numbers of troops is not going to do the deal. What we need to do is work with the Iraqi people, which we haven’t done before. That’s where the Awakening Councils came about, as a result of David Petraeus’ genius. He’s done–he will be written about in the history books for years to come. My original statement was in keeping what David Petraeus said; that is, the war cannot be won militarily.
MR. GREGORY: Do you believe that the war in Iraq has been lost?
SEN. REID: I don’t think at this stage we can talk about that with any degree of sensibility. That has to be something that will talked about in the history books to come. We…
MR. GREGORY: So you spoke to soon in 2007?
SEN. REID: David Petraeus and Harry Reid spoke at the same time. David Petraeus said that the war cannot be won militarily, I said what I said. Who, who phrased it the best is…
MR. GREGORY: You said that the war is lost. Today, in 2009, that’s no longer your view?
SEN. REID: David, listen, someone else will have to determine that as the years go on. What has the war done? It’s brought about–it’s destabilized the Middle East. We have a civil war going on in Israel. We have a civil war in Iraq, as indicated today, more than 50 people killed with a bomb in Iraq today. We have Lebanon, a civil war there. We have Iran thumbing their nose with every, everyone. And if that weren’t bad enough, our standing in the world community is so far down as a result of this war, so–and that doesn’t take into consideration the tens of thousands who have been injured…
MR. GREGORY: Mm-hmm.
SEN. REID: …and the thousands have been killed in the war. So it’s, it’s–historians will have to talk about what the war in Iraq did. But I think historians today indicate, as I have, the outline that I’ve given.
This is one of the primary elected officials we have entrusted to rescue the American economy, a man who cannot even admit that he was wrong about something so black-and-white as the success of Gen. Petraeus’ surge in Iraq?
My God, these people, many of which are led by Reid, have been hesitantly entrusted with the use of trillions of dollars in taxpayer money. We’ve seen what the federal government has done to the housing and credit industry, through the disaster known as the Community Reinvestment Act and the blind implementation of its principles. They won’t admit they were wrong there. We’ve seen that the $750 billion in TARP money has been largely squandered, and we still don’t know where it went.
How in the world can we entrust more of our money, not to mention the wholesale future of the American economy and America’s national security, to someone who consistently puts party before country, and who does it to the extent that he cannot simply admit that his prognostication was off-the-mark?
This man is a nightmare. And for the next few years, he’ll have a giant hand in shaping our legislation and legislative reach. The word “accountability” has never been in Harry Reid’s vocabulary, so watch your wallets and your freedom, because I sure don’t expect him to learn it now.