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.
Isn’t this the same Democrat Senate Majority leader who “SURRENDERED” to President Bush on Iraq War funding just last month?
Reid lost and now needs to snipe at commanders in the field.
Nice and real classy – especially since he voted to confirm General Petraeus in January.
Flap supposes Reid needs to serve up some blue meat for his LEFT flank.
But, what about Iraq War policy?
Reid will NOW schedule a series of votes to hamper the Bush Defense Department.
Besides his comments about Pace and Petraeus, the Nevada Democrat also announced that he wants to hold more votes on ending or scaling back the U.S. military presence in Iraq.
He said Democrats would use an upcoming Defense authorization bill to continue the struggle with Bush over the conduct of the war, especially Bush’s “surge” plan to send more U.S. forces to Baghdad and surrounding regions in order to quell growing sectarian violence.
More political sniping is on the horizon. If Reid and the Democrats had ANY COJONES they would vote to defund the Iraq War and take responsibilities for the consequences.
But, they won’t. It is much easier to snipe, criticize and hold votes over and over again.
For Democrats, the Defense authorization bill is an attractive vehicle for their fight because the legislation sets policy, not funding levels, for the Pentagon, so Bush and Republicans cannot use the argument that Democrats are threatening to cut off funding for U.S. troops in the field.
Reid calling the Generals incompetent is the pot calling the kettle black. The Democrat controlled Congress has slumped in poll approval ratings and Reid must now compensate. So, look for more Iraq War votes, political posturing and ad nauseum carping on President Bush Iraq War policy.
Has Reid overplayed his hand in satiating the LEFT?