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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 11:58 PM
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Reid Statement: President Bush Admits His Iraq Policy Has Failed
Edited on Sun Oct-22-06 11:59 PM by Hissyspit
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=74774

Reid: President Bush Admits His Iraq Policy Has Failed

10/22/2006 4:37:00 PM

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To: National Desk

Contact: Jim Manley or Rebecca Kirszner, 202-224-2939, both of the Office of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid today issued the following statement on reports that the Bush Administration is drafting a timetable for the Iraqi government to address sectarian divisions and to assume a larger role in securing the country.

"The apparent decision by the Bush Administration to draft a timetable for the Iraqis to assume a larger role in securing their country hopefully demonstrates the long-overdue recognition by the President that his strategy is a failure and that a change in course is needed.

"Given that this action comes just two weeks before the midterm elections, it appears the Administration is driven as much by the hope of heading off election-year defeats here at home as by ending the escalating violence in Iraq. Regardless, if this new course is to be effective, the plan must contain benchmarks tied directly to the drawdown of U.S. troops. All other measurements are of secondary importance.

"If the Administration is serious about pursuing this course, there is no legitimate reason why these benchmarks cannot be announced immediately. The safety and security of our troops and this nation are at stake. Time is of the essence, and the American and Iraqi people are entitled to know what the remaining tasks are that will lead to the drawdown of U.S. forces."

http://www.usnewswire.com /

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knowbody0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 12:02 AM
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1. imagine the sanctity of life
outweighing political gain.
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savemefromdumbya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 12:11 AM
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2. Bush is swapping Iraq for the US economy as the main issue for Nov 7
flip flop
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HuffleClaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 12:59 AM
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4. a baaaad idea
few are fooled by the prices at the gas pumps and even fewer care about the dow jones average. many DO care about things like their mortgage payments, health insurance premiums, cost of schooling their kids...
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 12:11 AM
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3. OK, since their first plan didn't work, Iraqis haven't 'stepped up;,
NOW we demand a time table? How many people have died and will die once that 'time table' is met?
Iraqis (650,000 and counting) and Americans dead and injured (too many)?
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 01:17 AM
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5. .
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:37 AM
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6. and make it 5 for the greatest. Thanks Harry.
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ItsTheMediaStupid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:04 AM
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7. Tell * to take his hat in his hand and beg to UN for help.
This makes more sense than timetables, withdrawal the the periphery or anything else I've seen proposed.

We have no credibility regarding Iraq, thank to our Truthless Leader. The UN can deploy peacekeepers under the UN flag. Hopefully the Iraqis would respect them for being there to help, instead of being there to exploit the situation.

One of the things Truthless Leader promised while campaigning in 2000 was a foreign policy based on humility. Well, Truthless Leader, here is your chance to be humble.
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:07 AM
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8. Hey, Cheney thru Haliburton made out like a bandit. Not all is bad.
:sarcasm:
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oneinok Donating Member (120 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:10 AM
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9. Yes, Bush has failed
Bush has failed yet he refuses to correct his mistakes.
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Cheney Killed Bambi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:17 AM
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10. Give 'em Hell Harry!
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:41 AM
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11. Truth be told, it's "Iraq-Nam"
deja vu all over again. All that's left is for Congress to start withholding the funding to continue the operation.
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