This stunning nugget comes from an interview on PBS on the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour in an interview with Ray Suarez.
RAY SUAREZ: One thing that's changed a great deal since the beginning of the year is the number of American troops that are dying in Iraq and the rate at which they're dying and being wounded.
The increase in the number of American troops in the theater, by many accounts, is having its desired effect, and the day-to-day violence in Iraq is in decline. Does that change your approach to Iraq? Does it force a change on your body, the Senate, in how you respond to calls to change direction now?
SEN. HARRY REID: Ray, you can't have it both ways. The president said, "Let's send some more troops over there, and that will give the Iraqis the time to take care of themselves." We sent other troops over there,
and there are a lot of reasons the surge certainly hasn't hurt. It's helped. I recognize that.
The link to the interview is below, and it contains some doosies, let me tell you. I especially like the part about how all the troops he met with at Walter Reed.
"And we need to bring our troops home. I had a long planned trip to go to Walter Reed today. I didn't know I was going to be on this show. And I went there today for lunch and met with staff and some of the soldiers who are wounded and some who weren't wounded.
And without exception, when I said, "You know, we're doing everything we can to help you, appreciate your service, but I want to get the troops home." And without exception, they said, "Get them home as fast as you can."
Harry Reid considering a Mormon Mission to escape his plummeting approval rating...
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly returned from a second trip to Iraq in five months encouraged that the mission there is going better and that by 2009 the U.S. military's role could be primarily as trainers and advisers.
"I feel we've made progress, and the other part is I feel we can see an end game in sight," Donnelly, D-Ind., told reporters on a conference call Tuesday from Washington. "It isn't we just keep plugging away in the hopes something will turn out right. Gen. (David) Petraeus is working a plan and we seem to be heading toward a place where the Iraqis can be self-sustaining and we'll have a smaller presence in the background."
Donnelly's findings were in stark contrast to his visit to Iraq last July, when he said the only positive thing that happened in that country since the beginning of the war in March 2003 was the ouster of Saddam Hussein.
"I fear this surge will not lead to an Iraq that will be stable over the long term, but will instead put more than 21,500 American troops into harm’s way”
I know what he was trying to say and what he was getting at with his most recent comments, but I am certain that the assholes at Media Matters are right now contacting their graphic design department to get the ads ready to start pummeling Representative Donnelly for his comments.
Evidently, the First Amendment applies only to speech that paints our troops as rapists, torturers, thugs and murderers. No dissent is allowed!
Big Brother is alive and well.
Fuck them.... And thanks for noticing the great work of our men and women in the Armed Forces. We really do appreciate it.