Harry Reid: The War is Lost, But It Can Be Won
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has issued this rather contradictory position on the Iraq War,
The war in Iraq “is lost” and a US troop surge is failing to bring peace to the country, the leader of the Democratic majority in the US Congress, Harry Reid, said Thursday.
“I believe … that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week,” Reid told journalists.
Reid said he had delivered the same message to US President George W. Bush on Wednesday, when the US president met with senior lawmakers to discuss how to end a standoff over an emergency war funding bill.
“I know I was the odd guy out at the White House, but I told him at least what he needed to hear … I believe the war at this stage can only be won diplomatically, politically and economically.”
I’m no expert in military matters, but it seems rather odd to be suggesting that the war is both lost, but that it can be won. Also, from my naive perspective it seems silly to think one can win a war diplomatically and economically. I can see the political angle if one were to look at propaganda and clever use of the media to manipulate the political support for a war in the opponents country.
UPDATE (James Joyner): Here’s the video of Reid’s remarks via YouTube: