Reid charms nutroots by dumping on Pace and Petraeus; Update: McCain rips Reid

posted at 10:35 am on June 14, 2007 by Allahpundit

Two things about our Harry that Dennis Miller didn’t get to in his rant the other day: he’s unusually solicitous of the nutroots, even by the standards of ass-kissing Democratic politicians, and he’s willing to personalize his contempt for the mission in Iraq by impugning the military commanders who manage it. The two go hand-in-hand, of course: for Reid, the war is about picking up Senate seats and he needs the nutroots for that.

Two months ago, he called Petraeus a liar by declaring that he’ll refuse to believe any September progress report that isn’t irretrievably dire. Now this:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “incompetent” during an interview Tuesday with a group of liberal bloggers, a comment that was never reported.

Reid made similar disparaging remarks about Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said several sources familiar with the interview.

This is but the latest example of how Reid, under pressure from liberal activists to do more to stop the war, is going on the attack against President Bush and his military leaders in anticipation of a September showdown to end U.S. involvement in Iraq, according to Democratic senators and aides.

How … odd that this rather provocative comment from the Senate majority leader about the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the top military commander in Iraq went completely unreported until Politico got to it two days later. I wonder, did Reid ask the “citizen journalists” participating in the call not to report it? Or did they suppress it of their own accord, just to do him a solid?

Pace is on his way out so he’ll skate from now on but prepare to see Petraeus impugned ever more shrilly as we get closer to September, even though he’s been handed an impossible situation and even though had his counterinsurgency plans been followed from the beginning of the war, we might be looking at a different reality now. Rick Ellensburg, always ahead of the curve, has already started spitting venom at him. More will follow, especially if the September report sounds anything like this.

Update: McCain makes the layup.

Update: If Reid finds Petraeus so untrustworthy and incomptent, why on earth did he vote for him?


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ALLAH>>>>>>>> sweetie,

Can I tell you how much I ADORE that particular photo of the dour Harry Reid.

NEVER STOP USING IT.

seejanemom on June 14, 2007 at 10:39 AM

JAIL! TREASON!

tomas on June 14, 2007 at 10:41 AM

Reid is rancid pond scum and isn’t fit to carry water for Pace or Patraeus. He is such a despicable little puke.

rplat on June 14, 2007 at 10:42 AM

Censure Reid, senate GOP….

jp on June 14, 2007 at 10:42 AM

Dean Barnett has a nice rebuttal. The picture alone speaks volumes.

Slublog on June 14, 2007 at 10:44 AM

Arrghh, I’m going to punch my freaking computer. Wait, find a pillow.

WisCon on June 14, 2007 at 10:45 AM

he’s unusually solicitous of the nutroots, even by the standards of ass-kissing Democratic politicians,

This behavior should answer your question of the other day re: the impact of the nutroots.

did Reid ask the “citizen journalists” participating in the call not to report it?

I’d put my money here. It’s hard to imagine them suppressing it of their own accord b/c they could use it to feed the sharks. Either way though, it’s despicable.

Spirit of 1776 on June 14, 2007 at 10:47 AM

‘A better way forward’……..flour, wheat, corn, greenbacks, and a white flag. That’ll show em’!

How do the people of Nevada tolerate this traitor? He isn’t fit to run the county water board(pun intended) let alone sit in the U.S. Senate.

Limerick on June 14, 2007 at 10:57 AM

What do you think the jail term would be for tarring and feathering a member of the Senate?

WisCon on June 14, 2007 at 11:13 AM

I’d give my left bag to see Gen. Pace and Mr. 19% in a hearing or in a dark alley.

The 12th General Order is still in effect!

Semper Fidelis.

Kid from Brooklyn on June 14, 2007 at 11:13 AM

Pace is on his way out so he’ll skate from now on but prepare to see Petraeus impugned ever more shrilly as we get closer to September, even though he’s been handed an impossible situation and even though had his counterinsurgency plans been followed from the beginning of the war, we might be looking at a different reality now.

Allah… I agree with your conclusion however your wording seems to suggest Petraeus formulated these plans before the beginning of the war. Is this the case or are you stating this more as a hypothetical?

CliffHanger on June 14, 2007 at 11:15 AM

WisCon on June 14, 2007 at 11:13 AM

What do you think the jail term would be for tarring and feathering a member of the Senate?

Jail term?? I would think that for tar and feathering Reid some kind of medal would be in order.

doriangrey on June 14, 2007 at 11:27 AM

“highly inappropriate and regrettable”

Wow, blow me over with a feather. McCain really laid it on with both barrels. I’m sure Reid will have a hard time recovering from that.

/sarcasm

JohnW on June 14, 2007 at 11:29 AM

Not that I doubt Politico but is there a link to the actual liberal blogs with the interview in question?

Yakko77 on June 14, 2007 at 11:30 AM

I’d feel alot better with actual links to the blogs in question rather than just, “..said several sources familiar with the interview.” The whole interview would be much better ammo to have otehrwise it just seems like shooting blanks when relying on “sources” alone.

Yakko77 on June 14, 2007 at 11:32 AM

I believe tarring and feathering would woefully inadequate for a traitor of this caliber.

Viper1 on June 14, 2007 at 11:35 AM

They should be storing Reid in Yucca Mountain.

Jaibones on June 14, 2007 at 11:36 AM

Hey, Dirty Harry KNOWS from incompetent!

mojo on June 14, 2007 at 11:38 AM

Harry Reid isn’t fit to be the bathroom attendant in the Pentagon much less offer any sort of criticism of the generals. To paraphrase Patton, he knows as much about waging war as the Pope does about fornication. [apologies to the Catholics]
Pelosi wears the pants in that family.
How would you like to have Murtha, Durbin, Reid, Kennedy, and Kucinich coaching your football team? And yet we let them wield power in the halls of congress. It is the American people who should be ashamed.

LakeRuins on June 14, 2007 at 11:49 AM

They should be storing Reid in Yucca Mountain.

Jaibones on June 14, 2007 at 11:36 AM

Actually he is stored there. What we’re seeing is a Reid-bot.

Mojave Mark on June 14, 2007 at 11:49 AM

Is this going to affect the Grand Bargain?

PRCalDude on June 14, 2007 at 12:01 PM

I used to think that no one could sink lower than Teddy the Swimmer. But Dingy Harry has done it. I loathe the man.

Ellen on June 14, 2007 at 12:05 PM

If Reid finds Petraeus so untrustworthy and incomptent, why on earth did he vote for him?

Bush lied! duh!

bj1126 on June 14, 2007 at 12:07 PM

I always find it interesting to hear these politicians who have never served ONE DAY in uniform spout their military wisdom. It boggles the mind how they can even consider their opinion about military operations meaningful. These politicians are clowns. They are the absolute reason Iraq is a quagmire. It is there meddling that has created the ROE soldiers must follow. This is not how to win a war and the military knows it but is constained by the politicians who want this was lost. You win a war by locating, closing, and KILLING the enemy. Something the politicians do not want the military to do in Iraq. What an insult, calling a Four Star General imcompetent. General Pace should call him out but he has too much class. I am irked beyond belief by Harry, I don’t know crap about military OPS, Reid.

usarmyretired on June 14, 2007 at 12:27 PM

He’s pandering to the nutroots without a doubt. Showing the crazy lefties “See, I spanked him real good”. But I have to believe that even the moderate lefties have to see this walking cadaver for what he is, a fluffer.

Kini on June 14, 2007 at 12:41 PM

This from the head RAT (recurring amnesty traitor(s))of the pack? How TF dare he? I mean, really?

The depths this asshat has stooped, he is definitely ‘gutter assimilated’.

It is utterly despicable for any senator to talk that way, let alone a floundering moronic incompetent like reid.

shooter on June 14, 2007 at 12:42 PM

Whew, it’s a good thing we have a senator with no service time under his belt, who miraculously has more military knowledge than a four-star general, to protect us!

hollygolightly on June 14, 2007 at 12:43 PM

usarmyretired on June 14, 2007 at 12:27 PM

What Reid has to say has absolutely nothing to do with military experience viz Murtha. It all political and his gang of ‘blame America jerks’ only gain capital if our military loses.

Wade on June 14, 2007 at 12:46 PM

You win wars by destroying the enemies WILL to wage war. Destroying things and killing the enemy is good way to accomplish this as well as convincing them it is no longer in thir best interests to wage war. Unfortunately what we did was move too quickly from the war part to the stability and reconstruction, really construction phase, of the operation.
I quit calling this operation in Iraq a war a long time ago because that is not what is going on. It is more along the lines of trying to reclaim a neighborhood from gang bangers. Well armed and deadly gang bangers to be sure but it isn’t a war anymore then the DC police are at war.
When you have more MP, engineer, and civil affairs people deployed then you do trigger pullers it is hard to classify it as a war.
It will be years before the enemies will to wage war is tamped down. You need look no further then Palestine to see that. When they can’t get to the Israelis they turn on themselves.

LakeRuins on June 14, 2007 at 12:54 PM

This doesn’t QUITE rise to the level of importance for the MSM to cover. If it were Paris Hilton criticizing Lindsay Lohan, we could expect 24/7 coverage.

benrand on June 14, 2007 at 12:55 PM

Helminthes are indignant.

A very small man ‘leads’ the Senate of a ‘serious’ country.

Wake up America!

Entelechy on June 14, 2007 at 1:41 PM

normally left-leaning wikipedia has some interesting stuff on PINKY Reid.
In 1993, Reid reportedly said, “Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care and other benefits without paying taxes. These programs were not meant to entice freeloaders and scam artists from around the world.”

read it all for more flip-flops. Much of his life is flip-flop on multiple issues…even marriage to who and how many.

Reid allowed the FBI to tape Gordon’s attempt to bribe him with $12,000, at which point Reid attempted (unsuccessfully) to

strangle Gordon, saying “You son of a bitch, you tried to bribe me!”[8]

temper temper…

On November 1, 2005, Reid moved that the Senate go into closed session, a very unusual action. The public was removed from the Senate chambers. ( sneaky too)

Reid did not receive any contributions from Abramoff, but Reid had contact with clients and lobbying partners of Abramoff,[33] and Reid’s campaign received over $60,000 in contributions from these groups, including about $50,000 from Native American gaming interests.

Las Vegas land deal
Condo gifts
Laughlin, Nevada, bridge project

and of course this little one:
“this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything “

shooter on June 14, 2007 at 1:44 PM

I like what Dennis Miller said on OR last night re: Dingy Harry, “He’s so lightweight he doesn’t even cast a shadow.”

McCain and other senators should not walk on eggshells when denouncing Reid’s idiotic pandering rants. Call his behavior out without sugarcoating it with milquetoast words like “disappointed.”

common sensineer on June 14, 2007 at 2:04 PM

Q: Why do I think “Dingy” Harry Reid is a lesbian?

A: Because he doesn’t do dick!

SicSemperTyrannus on June 14, 2007 at 2:11 PM

“Las Vegas land deal, Condo gifts, Laughlin, Nevada, bridge project”

If Bush had any balls, he’d order Gonzales to impanel a grand jury and indict this son-of-a-bitch on one or all of the above. If he is under indictement, HE CANNOT SERVE AS MAJORITY LEADER or chair any committee.

Time to play hardball, Mr. President.

Reid is CORRUPT. He is actively working to SABOTAGE AMERICA during a time of war. Whether he actually said what this blog entry claims he said or not, he has lent the prestige of his office to aid and abet Al Qaeda elsewhere.

He is unworthy of the United States Senate and should be removed from his leadership position because he is a traitor.

georgej on June 14, 2007 at 3:02 PM

If Bush had any balls, ….
georgej on June 14, 2007 at 3:02 PM

Ha Ha Ha. If Boosh had any balls we would not be in this position today. I wish someone could explain what happened to Boosh after the 2004 election. He went from a strong President to rival Carter as the worst President in the past 100 years.

Wade on June 14, 2007 at 3:25 PM

Somebody show Harry Reid how to use a computer and then give him this link. It is the quarterly report to congress on Iraq. You know the one that was briefed yesterday. It is 51 pages long and no I haven’t had time to read it but then I am not the one who is the leader of the Senate and making speeches where I do some name calling of the senior offficers conduct of the war.

LakeRuins on June 14, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Update: If Reid finds Petraeus so untrustworthy and incomptent, why on earth did he vote for him?

I was looking to pile on Reid for this by finding out if he voted for Pace. I looked all over this am for the vote on Pace for C of Staff, but couldn’t find it. I found the nomination date and the vote date but couldn’t find out who voted yea and nay.

csdeven on June 14, 2007 at 4:29 PM

How do the people of Nevada tolerate this traitor? He isn’t fit to run the county water board(pun intended) let alone sit in the U.S. Senate.
Limerick on June 14, 2007 at 10:57 AM

I lived in Las Vegas for 14 years and I didn’t vote for that sack of $hit one time. We finally got a rep in the other seat just before I moved. Harry Reid is a POS. His supporters do so because of the unions and Yucca Mountain.

csdeven on June 14, 2007 at 4:41 PM

Secret phone call earlier today:

McCain: Damn Harry, I know we’re on the same side on this immigration thing, but I gotta say something about you for your comment on the Generals.

Harry: OK John. Just keep it professional.

McCain: No problem, old friend. Sorry to do this, but it’s an election cycle. You got your nutroots, I got mine. Gotta keep the dumbasses happy, ya know?

Harry: Gets harder every day John. Gets harder every day.,

BacaDog on June 14, 2007 at 4:41 PM

Unfortunately, the only retort the generals are allowed would be, “With all due respect, sir, I followed my orders to the best of my ability.” An active duty officer has no recourse to mudslinging of this Reid/Levin type ~ they are subject to the UCMJ for impugning public officials. (Remember how pissed the Dems were when rumors spread the military was dissing Clinton?)

Article 88, which states:

“Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

…Not likely. The UCMJ is not the product of military fiat, but rather a 1950 act of Congress. Congress intentionally chose to narrow the prior version of Article 88, which had covered all soldiers, in order to ensure that it applied to officers but not enlisted personnel. From a policy standpoint, why did it chose to do so?

First, Congress probably recognized that the primary purpose of Article 88 should be to prevent active military officers from meddling in politics–a persistent problem in other republics, both ancient and modern.

…More recently, a number of military officers faced disciplinary action after drawing attention to deficiencies in President Clinton’s moral character – an activity which for civilians seemed to constitute a hearty national pastime throughout the 1990s. These cases, while relatively few in number, became emblematic of Clinton’s difficult relations with the military, particularly its professional officer corps.

For example, Maj. Gen. Harold Campbell was compelled to retire after referring, no doubt affectionately, to the “gay-loving,” “womanizing,” “draft-dodging” and “pot-smoking” President in a speech at an Air Force banquet. Other officers received reprimands for characterizing their Commander-in-Chief as a “lying draft dodger,” a “moral coward,” and an “adulterous liar” in letters to their local newspapers.

Even retired officers may be at risk when they speak out – as Lt. Col. Michael J. Davidson noted in his July 1999 Army Lawyer article, “Contemptuous Speech Against the President.” Davidson noted that Article 88 may apply to retired commissioned officers by virtue of other articles of the UCMJ.

And these a$$holes know it.

tree hugging sister on June 14, 2007 at 6:36 PM

creeps of a feather…

Claire on June 14, 2007 at 8:04 PM