Video: Reid finally answers a question about potential genocide in Iraq, sort of

posted at 6:04 pm on July 22, 2007 by Allahpundit

He ducked Jake Tapper when Tapper put the question to him at a press conference last week, but he had nowhere to run to this morning and Bob Schieffer took advantage. So what’s his answer to ethnic cleansing? A two-step plan: (1) hint that genocide couldn’t be worse than what’s happening now, expert opinion to the contrary notwithstanding, and (2) remind the listener that he’s not calling for precipitous withdrawal but for a partial drawdown with a new emphasis on training the Iraqi army, even though that’ll prove extraordinarily dangerous for the trainers while accomplishing little.

It’s good to finally have him on record, though. It’ll come in handy later. As will his comments about Pakistan at the beginning of the clip — “we should go after them wherever they are,” a sentiment that will change instantly if and when Bush takes his advice and there’s an outcry from the, ahem, Muslim street — and at the end about the inadvisability of Russ Feingold’s censure measure. I don’t see why Reid wouldn’t dig that, actually. Trying to impeach Bush in the middle of the war would catch the Democrats all kinds of flak, even from a public that’s turned against him (although they may yet try), but forcing the GOP to filibuster a non-binding censure measure would be a shrewd move. If, as expected, Bush will be politically radioactive next fall, logically the left should do everything they can to force incumbent Republicans to defend him on the record. Expect Reid’s tune to change on that one in a few months, too.

The stuff at the end about Bush and Greenspan is gravy.

Update: In my haste to get this up, I forgot to note two egregious lies Reid floats here. One is where, in the course of his Iraq answer, he says the Sunni, Shia, and Kurds are all trying to kill U.S. troops. Really? American soldiers are on the Kurdish hit list? Scroll down and look for the comment from John from OPFOR for the second lie.


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As he continues to smile, I wonder what this Ahole thinks is so funny?

Wade on July 22, 2007 at 6:14 PM

“New tape reveals–the Democrats know”

see-dubya on July 22, 2007 at 6:14 PM

“we had Bin Laden just where we wanted him, Tora Bora. We took troops away from there and sent them to Iraq.”

Dude, what?

I think Harry just trumped Murtha’s Okinowa redeployment statement. These dudes are either (a) not living on the same planet as the rest of us or (b)knowingly spinning this crap, understanding that the nutroots don’t know any better.

That guy needs to be held accountable for what he’s saying, because it simply ain’t true. The shape of the force was more than adequate.

Here’s a money quote:

“There appears to be a real disconnect between what the US military was engaged in trying to do during the battle for Tora Bora – which was to destroy Al Qaeda and the Taliban – and the earlier rhetoric of President Bush, which had focused on getting bin Laden,” says Charles Heyman, editor of Jane’s World Armies. “There are citizens all over the Middle East now saying that the US military couldn’t do it – couldn’t catch Osama – while ignoring the fact that the US military campaign, apart from not capturing Mr. bin Laden was, up the that point, staggeringly effective.”

Seriously, Senator Reid.

John from OPFOR on July 22, 2007 at 6:23 PM

The hypocrisy of this man, the majority of his party, just amazes me. When the first several dozen heads of Western-enlightened muslim girls and women who defy kowtowing to their husbands and brothers and the cabbie guy are rolling in the streets before the great Islamic purity purge after we cut and run, guess whose shrill voices will be clamoring to the heavens of just whose fault it is? Reid & Company, you all are just — amazing.

James Greenidge
Queens NY

jamesgreenidge on July 22, 2007 at 6:28 PM

A two-step plan:

(1) hint that genocide couldn’t be worse than what’s happening now

(2) remind the listener that he’s not calling for precipitous withdrawal but for a partial drawdown with a new emphasis on training the Iraqi army

Oh how far the apple has fallen from the tree.

FireFly on July 22, 2007 at 6:28 PM

Nevada Democrat Senator, Harry Reid said in 2002:
“Saddam Hussein has, in effect, thumbed his nose at the world community and I think the president (Bush) is approaching this in the right fashion.”

That same year on Meet the Press, New York Democrat Senator, Hillary Clinton was asked by host Tim Russert:
“Do you think we could have disarmament (in Iraq) without regime change?”

Her answer:
“I doubt it! I can support the president (Bush), I can support an action (war) against Saddam Hussein because I think it’s in the long term interests of our national security.”

Past quotes just keep biting Dems in the A@@.

FireFly on July 22, 2007 at 6:38 PM

By the same logic, when the SpecOps unit had UBL in their sights during the Clinton years, and Sandy Berger wouldn’t give the order to pull the trigger on him (yes, it pretty much did happen as it was shown in the “politically incorrect” original cut of The Road To 9/11), then Dingy Harry should hold Bill & Co. at least as responsible for pulling them off UBL to chase down Milosevic in Bosnia, shouldn’t he?

Oh, right, I forgot. That was necessary.

Otherwise, the European Union crowd in Brussels might have concluded we didn’t care enough to be “good world citizens”. And of course, we had to avoid offending the Islamists at all costs, then and now. Otherwise, they might get (gasp!) violent.

As if he cares. (News flash; he doesn’t.)

His pious claims of how “evil” he thinks they are would be laughable, if they didn’t show just how practiced a liar he really is. He doesn’t believe that; in fact, I’m not sure he really believes in much of anything. Except his immediate political advantage, never mind the long-term costs to this country, and civilization as a whole.

Reid’s spin-meistering might have worked thirty-odd years ago. But if he thinks he can help his cronies in the “intellectual elite” pull off another Saigon 1975, in the modern information environment, I think he’s in for the rudest shock of his life.

cheers

eon

eon on July 22, 2007 at 6:40 PM

He sounds like a burrowing animal trying to talk. His self-righteousness, with that voice, in addition to his self-attributed significance and ignorance, drive me nuts. Can’t listen to him for more than a few seconds.

Entelechy on July 22, 2007 at 6:45 PM

It’s good to finally have him on record, though. It’ll come in handy later. As will his comments about Pakistan at the beginning of the clip — “we should go after them wherever they are,” a sentiment that will change instantly if and when Bush takes his advice

The biggest disappointment of the war has been our ability to hold the Democrats accountable for their schizophrenic rhetoric. President Bush has let them off easy. They have these legislative tantrums that do nothing except send a unpatriotic message to our troops.

Pacifism has its place…in family life. War is hell and hell is hot. We are either willing to confront this monster now or bow to it later.

Pull up your panties Mr. Reid.

The Race Card on July 22, 2007 at 6:48 PM

I like Senator Reid less and less each day.

Bob Schieffer’s tone of questioning was designed to bring back the Majority Leader on a future date. I doubt that FOX News Sunday would be able to replicate that as TOUGHER questions would have been asked. Tougher questions that would have made Senator Reid squirm and less likely to return to the set.

Ugh. I need to take a shower after watching that.

itzWicks on July 22, 2007 at 6:49 PM

I couldn’t watch the video, Allah, it was too nice a day to want to commit violence. Your comments about their possible strategy reinforces something I was thinking this morning. In all likelihood they are going to be handed everything in 18 months. They know that as hard as they try they will not force Pres. Bush to leave Iraq until the generals tell him it’s possible. Therefore they will want things to be in decent shape in Iraq in 18 months. They will continue to say we are losing, do just enough to keep their base thinking they are fighting to get out and hope that a democrat will get in office and be able to start pulling troops out immediately and look like a hero. Despite all indications to the contrary there has to be someone on the left who understands what really happened in Vietnam and Cambodia and knows with 24 hour cable TV and the internet that if they pull out and have a bloodbath it will be plain for everyone to see who was right. They will be negative and loud for the next 18 months but won’t do anything to really effect the possibility of the surge working. I think their reaction so a somewhat positive report by Patreus in September will be telling. If they are sincere about leaving no matter what the cost, anything but a sterling report by Petreus will result in them making a real attempt at defunding. It will be interesting.

peacenprosperity on July 22, 2007 at 6:52 PM

There has been so much duplicity from this piece of scum that anything he says should not suprise anyone. Harry Reid is not an American he is a Democrat. That just about says it all.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on July 22, 2007 at 6:56 PM

Wade on July 22, 2007 at 6:14 PM

He just couldn’t believe Schiffer was letting him get away with this crap. One reason they don’t go on FOX.

I think he’s got his presidents mixed up. Didn’t Clenis have Osama right where we wanted him?
And he hates liars? So he is a self loathing…

But they support the military. Don’t question their patriotism

I could keep going but I won’t. Probably get banned

PowWow on July 22, 2007 at 7:02 PM

eon on July 22, 2007 at 6:40 PM

Sorry, when I was putting my comment in my page hadn’t refreshed. Didn’t mean to “steal” your “Clinton/Osama reference.

One more thing. Would it be copyright infringement if they called this Tool Time?

PowWow on July 22, 2007 at 7:18 PM

From the interview:

“I like Bush fine just the way he is.”

I knew it!!!!
All along Reid has been a (psst..) secret supporter of Mr. Bush.

Pull up down your panties Mr. Reid.

The Race Card on July 22, 2007 at 6:48 PM

There, fixed that for you.

Now the left hand batters can take a decisive swing at the Emperor.

Mcguyver on July 22, 2007 at 7:34 PM

It’s good to finally have him on record, though. It’ll come in handy later. As will his comments about Pakistan at the beginning of the clip — “we should go after them wherever they are,” a sentiment that will change instantly if and when Bush takes his advice and there’s an outcry from the, ahem, Muslim street — and at the end about the inadvisability of Russ Feingold’s censure measure

Come on AP!!! We can and do quote dems all time on their support of taking action in Iraq as a ‘must do’, yet they call our leader ‘booooshhilter’ for doing what they suggested in the first place before he was in office. Even slick Willie is being two faced about the whole thing! Well that doesn’t surprise me one bit, hehe.
They think the public is stoopid ( and yes, as a collective, we have a very short memory ) and just say what is politically advantageous for the moment.

lsutiger on July 22, 2007 at 7:41 PM

He is quick to call the President the worst in history, this coming from a member of the worst congress in history…….

ctmom on July 22, 2007 at 7:48 PM

Harry calls it as he sees it?

Can you imagine the vile crap he says in his mirror every morning?

csdeven on July 22, 2007 at 7:49 PM

re: Feingolds resolution he whines that the “Republicans won’t let us vote on it, they’ll block it”. Isn’t that what the Democrats did when they were the minority?

ctmom on July 22, 2007 at 7:52 PM

Old Harry the Liar is just another money grabbing, cowardly, traitorous democrap. And since he’s the worst of the worst ever to haunt the Senate, he gets to lead the party! What a waste of skin.

Zorro on July 22, 2007 at 8:09 PM

I think we all know who the biggest political hack is . .

- The Cat

MirCat on July 22, 2007 at 8:14 PM

This seedy a-hole smirks at anything that he thinks will bring the US down the rat hole of al-kinda. His position is to lose, lose, lose, until they have a defeatacrat in the white house.

NEMETI IN SYRACUSE on July 22, 2007 at 8:25 PM

Can someone define patriotism for me?

If a party dislikes our system of government, our economic system, thinks our military is everything from incompetent to bloodthirsty and evil, thinks half our citizens are lazy and helpless and the other half is greedy and evil, looks to foreign countries as morally superior, how can they be patriotic?

peacenprosperity on July 22, 2007 at 8:37 PM

Let him talk. Let him talk. Let him talk.
Or should I say “give him more rope”?

Herr Reid exposes himself better that I could ever could.

TunaTalon on July 22, 2007 at 8:46 PM

Powwow on July 22, 2007 at 7:18 PM

No problem, it’s happened to me too. :-)

And the more people who point that out, the harder it will be for Reid and his ilk to shirk responsibility for the massacre they are having wet-dreams about by FIEHVLing (Fingers in Ears, Humming Very Loud)- pronounced “Fy-vuhl-ing“, like the name of the little mouse in Disney’s An American Tail.

cheers

eon

eon on July 22, 2007 at 9:17 PM

The political pendulum tends to swing back and forth, and since the 04 elections it’s been in favor of the Dems. I know many here would question my position, but I sense that the pendulum is about to swing back to the right.

Watching Dems today, they seem to be uncomfortable in their collective position on Iraq. The don’t appear to acknowledge that the surge could be yeilding positive results. They all seem to know one thing…they are all on the record supporting some form of surrender.

Dems appeared way too nervous today.

swami on July 22, 2007 at 9:39 PM

Harry calls it as he sees it?

Can you imagine the vile crap he says in his spackled mirror every morning? (The mystery of the empty spittoon)

csdeven on July 22, 2007 at 7:49 PM

What an amazing profile in self hatred!!

Mcguyver on July 22, 2007 at 9:43 PM

What’s with the pink ties. Is this some kind of gay solidarity day that I haven’t heard about?

rivlax on July 22, 2007 at 9:48 PM

It’s amazing that he can’t offer any answer without taking a dig at Bush particularly and Republicans secondly.

When asked are ‘you’ responsible for the political divide, he says ‘no’. But when asked if he’d vote to censure, he says ‘Republicans will just block it’ without offering an answer of whether or not he would be for such a thing. He also didn’t mention that he PERSONALLY was responsible for the all nighter that made people more partisan.

Congress approval is lower than Bush’s, but Reid can’t seem to come to terms with that. Everything he says is ‘Bush is bad’. He offers no solutions, just ‘Bush is bad’.

ThackerAgency on July 22, 2007 at 9:51 PM

“we had Bin Laden just where we wanted him, Tora Bora. We took troops away from there and sent them to Iraq.”

Indeed – a nice follow up would have been to ask Senator Reid when the Tora Bora fight occurred, and when we started the build up for Iraq. Bit of a temporal disconnect there…

major john on July 22, 2007 at 9:59 PM

How do these idiots EVER get elected. . .

Harry the dancing troll . What a loser

Texyank on July 22, 2007 at 10:46 PM

What a slimy soft-spoken wu$$y…
No, wait, that was supposed to have a ‘p’ in front of it…

TinMan13 on July 22, 2007 at 11:52 PM

Conventional wisdom is that most of the electorate doesn’t pay any attention until the Summer of an election year-the conventional wisdom is wrong. Thanks to the Internet, nearly everyone is paying attention, though most don’t read or post on blogs.
There’s no off season anymore, and the Pols who think most of America gets it’s news from the Networks and NYT are living about 8 years in the past.
Even if people only check Google News or Yahoo, they are paying attention. We are at war. Not just the Administration and the Military…WE are at war. Even if libs want to pretend that we aren’t.

Doug on July 22, 2007 at 11:53 PM

Texyank on July 22, 2007 at 10:46 PM

Dingy Harry gets elected like every other local candidate does. By dealing with local issues. Having lived in Las Vegas for 14 years, I was amazed that people continued to vote him in time after time. But we started making headway in the early 90′s and elected a conservative governor, congressmen and one senator. I predict that this will be Harry’s last term. Las Vegas has become fairly conservative (It was at the time I left in 2004 anyway) and his national exposure as a total dem tool will not go un-noticed next election.

csdeven on July 23, 2007 at 8:12 AM

csdeven on July 23, 2007 at 8:12 AM

There is one thing that could derail your thinking, this is still a union town. Unions love their fellow socialists.

TwinkietheKid on July 23, 2007 at 8:31 AM

Reid is a freaking embarrassment to the Senate, the Dems and the country generally. Honestly, who votes for this twit? I’m seriously considering slapping the next Nevadan I encounter, just on GP.

mojo on July 23, 2007 at 10:12 AM

TwinkietheKid on July 23, 2007 at 8:31 AM

True. I’m hoping that this extreme side of Dingy would push enough voters to figure he’s gone too far. We’ll see.

csdeven on July 23, 2007 at 11:51 AM

Any war Bush is for, they oppose.

Any war they want, they make seem impossible, because all the troops are tied down in Iraq.

Whatever damages Bush is the goal.

Even if it means harming the nation to get at him.

They hate him more than they care about us.

Or our security.

Or our future.

profitsbeard on July 23, 2007 at 7:04 PM