- April 19, 2007: â€œI believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and â€” you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows â€” that this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq,â€ Mr. Reid said.
- December 21, 2007: Ray, you canâ€™t have it both ways. The president said, â€œLetâ€™s send some more troops over there, and that will give the Iraqis the time to take care of themselves.â€ We sent other troops over there, and there are a lot of reasons the surge certainly hasnâ€™t hurt. Itâ€™s helped. I recognize that.
Now, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi weighs into the war is lost mantra.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said twice Sunday that Iraq â€œis a failure,â€ adding that President Bushâ€™s troop surge has â€œnot produced the desired effect.â€
â€œThe purpose of the surge was to create a secure time for the government of Iraq to make the political change to bring reconciliation to Iraq,â€ Pelosi said on CNNâ€™s â€œLate Edition.â€ â€œThey have not done that.â€
In the meantime, Al-Qaeda in Iraq admit they are in crisis.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq faces an â€œextraordinary crisisâ€. Last year’s mass defection of ordinary Sunnis from al-Qaeda to the US military â€œcreated panic, fear and the unwillingness to fightâ€. The terrorist group’s security structure suffered â€œtotal collapseâ€.
These are the words not of al-Qaeda’s enemies but of one of its own leaders in Anbar province â€” once the group’s stronghold. They were set down last summer in a 39-page letter seized during a US raid on an al-Qaeda base near Samarra in November.
The fact is the Democrats will say anything to discredit the Bush Administration and the conduct of the Iraq War for political gain. Americans are smart to recognize political spin for political advantage.
McCain vs. Obama should make for some interesting political contrast ads this Fall.