Sen. Harry Reid accused Generals Pace and Petraeus of being “incompetent” at a meeting of liberal bloggers. Never mind that Sen. Reid has an abysmal approval rating of 19%, the audacity of such a statement is reprehensible. Sen. Reid, who knows absolutely nothing about modern warfare and apparently thinks that Iraq is a “distraction” from fighting al-Qaeda (which not even al-Qaeda itself thinks is true) believes that he’s more knowledgeable about this war than the people running it.
Reid’s blind arrogance and unwillingness to accept the obvious is exactly the sort of thing that Democrats have used to attack President Bush. Just as Democrats claim that we never had a “real” debate over getting into Iraq, the Democrats have no interest in having a real discussion of what our abrogation of responsibility in Iraq would do to this country and the region.
Gen. Petraeus wrote his Princeton dissertation on counter-insurgency warfare and what “lessons learned” from Vietnam were based on falsehoods and inaccurate information. Perhaps the good Senator from Nevada should read it — then maybe he’d be less apt to make an ass of himself when he speaks a friend.
As Don Surber acidly notes, if one wants real incompetence,
It took Republicans 12 years to dissolve. Democrats have done it in less than six months.
I congratulate them on their efficiency.
If Congress were just making a mockery of itself, things wouldn’t be so bad, but they’re making a mockery of this country in front of a group of savages who would just love to see us all dead. The military is performing bravely, but they’re being shot in the back by a dysfunctional political culture that is more concerned with pork-barrel spending than strengthening this country.
UPDATE: Liberal bloggers made the claim that Sen. Reid never said what he said. Then Reid ends up saying that he did indeed call Gen. Pace incompetent. Once again, liberal bloggers demonstrate that partisanship comes at the expense of everything else…