Reid: My “Iraq war is lost” comments are what helped turn Iraq around

Stop the spinsanity – please!

At the time Sen. Reid made this comment, President Bush had been pursuing a failed, stay-the-course strategy that had cost thousands of American lives and billions of taxpayer dollars. Iraq appeared to be on the verge of a sectarian civil war. He was simply pointing out what our military leaders, including Gen. Petraeus, had been saying for months: that we could not win by staying the course; the war needed to be won diplomatically, politically, and economically. Sen. Reid and his colleagues were successful in forcing President Bush to finally abandon his failed approach and refocus on political reconciliation. This is what ultimately paved the way for the Iraqi government to take greater responsibility for Iraq’s future. Sen. Reid’s comments were directed at President Bush and his following of misguided policymakers, not at the heroic troops who continue to serve our country with incredible courage.

Doug Powers provides a video reminder of Reid’s 2007 “Iraq war is lost” comments, and writes:

Sun Tzu himself couldn’t have thought up a more brilliant strategy. Congratulations, General Reid.

And all along we thought Reid was being pathetic and weak — I for one feel bad for ever criticizing him.

Here’s a flashback to when Harry “Patton” Reid rallied our brave men and women to victory with his trademark Churchillian leadership style:

There’s a big difference between “we can’t win unless…” and “we lost.” Harry Reid hopes nobody can tell the difference.

And he’s not the only one trying to absurdly take credit for a mission that he not only did not support, but also declared a failure.

As my co-blogger so astutely noted earlier, it is absolutely shameful that the cut and runners both in this administration and Congress will not give President Bush even a sliver of credit for not abandoning Iraq when the calls were growing for a hasty exit, and when the “failure” declarations were piling up – primarily on the left side of the aisle. But you can best believe that I know, conservatives know, and our military and their families know where Iraq would be if we had listened to the Murthas, Pelosis, Reids, Bidens, and Obamas of this country.

And Al Qaeda knows, too.

For the left to try to spin the fragile success taking place in Iraq as a “win” for their side truly will go down in history as one of the biggest attempted political con jobs of all time. Then again, we shouldn’t be too surprised that Democrats would be so desperate to look “tough on terror” that they would try to hijack a victory that really belongs to others who stood tall and firm while these same leftists were busy waving the surrender flag and calling the Commander in Chief a “liar,’ and our courageous troops “murderers” and “torturers.” It’s been a long time since liberals have been on the winning side of any war – Iraq included.

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