It’s not often that a United States Senator declares that the American military have been defeated in the field and demands that the President surrender and retreat from the Senate floor. In fact, we can call April 20th Harry Reid D-I Day — for Defeat in Iraq. Two years ago, the shrill Majority Leader demanded an end to the “surge” strategy that would later prove successful in stabilizing Iraq and an immediate withdrawal of all American troops:
The Senate debate on Iraq grew sharper Thursday when Majority Leader Harry Reid said the war had been lost and that President Bush’s troop buildup is not stemming the rampant violence. That statement prompted Republicans to declare that Democrats do not support the troops in Iraq.
“I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and — you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows — (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday,” said Reid.
The White House called Reid’s remarks “disturbing” and a slap at troops who are risking their lives.
“Disturbing” is the mildest description that applied. In the end, General Reid proved himself something less than a military genius two years ago today, and more of an idiot than at any other time of his political career.
Update: JD Johannes recalls D-I Day and his reaction while actually being in Iraq when Reid attempted his surrender.