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Reid Opens Door to Pact With Antiwar Republicans
washingtonpost.com ^ | 08/31/07 | Shailagh Murray

Posted on 08/31/2007 7:17:12 AM PDT by Froufrou

Saying the coming weeks will be "one of the last opportunities" to alter the course of the war, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said he is now willing to compromise with Republicans to find ways to limit troop deployments in Iraq.

Reid acknowledged that his previous firm demand for a spring withdrawal deadline had become an obstacle for a small but growing number of Republicans who have said they want to end the war but have been unwilling to set a timeline.

"I don't think we have to think that our way is the only way," Reid said of specific dates during an interview in his office here. "I'm not saying, 'Republicans, do what we want to do.' Just give me something that you think you would like to do, that accomplishes some or all of what I want to do."

Reid's unwavering stance this summer earned him critics who said he was playing politics by refusing to bargain with antiwar Republicans. In the interview, he said that his goal remains an immediate return of U.S. troops but that now is the time to work with the GOP.

He cited bringing up legislation after Labor Day that would require troops to have more home leave, forcing military leaders to reduce troop levels, a measure that has drawn some Republican support.

During the week of Sept. 10, Congress will hear a progress report on the war from the U.S. commander in Baghdad, Gen. David H. Petraeus, and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan C. Crocker. After those hearings and a formal report from President Bush, lawmakers will renew their debate on the war.

That debate screeched to a halt in late July after the most poisonous confrontation since Democrats took control of Congress eight months ago.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 110th; antiwarright; iraq; reid; wot
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1 posted on 08/31/2007 7:17:15 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

The slime crawls out of the gutter again.....


2 posted on 08/31/2007 7:21:26 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Froufrou

So, Senator Slimeball, which anti-war Republicans would you be referring too, precisely...?


3 posted on 08/31/2007 7:23:15 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: EagleUSA

Well, phooey, right back on down it will go. You can’t fix stupid!


4 posted on 08/31/2007 7:23:46 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

5 posted on 08/31/2007 7:24:26 AM PDT by NeoCaveman ("I mean, he's gone from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one week." - Romney on B. Hussein Obama)
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To: Froufrou
This one sentence says it all...

Saying the coming weeks will be "one of the last opportunities" to alter the course of the war, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said he is now willing to compromise with Republicans to find ways to limit troop deployments in Iraq.

The fact that the new troop levels are working towards a stable Iraq means that the leftist scum on BOTH sides of the isle can't let stand. The traitors with our own party are now joining forces stabbing our troops in the back. How sicking....we need to clean up out own house next time around.

6 posted on 08/31/2007 7:25:07 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Froufrou
"...he is now willing to compromise with Republicans to find ways to limit troop deployments in Iraq."

Can this asshat just for once concentrate on victory for America, victory, for the people of Iraq, victory for a stable Iraq, victory for a sane world!?

7 posted on 08/31/2007 7:26:06 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

The usual suspects. Hagel, Collins, Snow & Smith. Did I miss anyone?


8 posted on 08/31/2007 7:27:54 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: rightwingextremist1776; NeoCaveman; Virginia Ridgerunner

Neo - that TIE! MY EYES!

Ah, yes, the pointed question: which GOP members does he speak of? McCain...and the other ‘14’ members.


9 posted on 08/31/2007 7:28:27 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

Isn’t it strange that all we hear from the left is change the direction of a war we are winning?


10 posted on 08/31/2007 7:29:03 AM PDT by DakotaRed (Liberals don't rattle sabers, they wave white flags)
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To: avacado

I doubt he could concentrate on the lunch menu. You had it right: asshat!


11 posted on 08/31/2007 7:29:28 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: EagleUSA
The slime crawls out of the gutter again.....

Time to make a public list, a very, very public list.....

12 posted on 08/31/2007 7:30:56 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Made in China: Treat those three words like a warning label)
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To: Froufrou

He is not only a traitor but he is dumb beyond belief. When those delusional traitors and their media are going to understand that they are not going to win against President Bush on the war issue?!


13 posted on 08/31/2007 7:31:02 AM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: DakotaRed

My only disagreement with you is that we aren’t winning, we already won. The war going on now is a civil war within Iraq. We won the war within the first 6 weeks. Read ‘Unholy Alliance’ by Charles Krauthammer.


14 posted on 08/31/2007 7:31:18 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
The usual suspects. Hagel, Collins, Snow & Smith. Did I miss anyone?

Lugar..??

16 posted on 08/31/2007 7:32:45 AM PDT by IamConservative (I could never be a liar; there's too much to remember.)
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To: jveritas

Ah, veritas [means truth, yes?] you are the voice of reason on a summer day!

Actually, I don’t see #43 giving anyone an inch of leeway on any issue. He is as resolute as I’ve ever seen.


17 posted on 08/31/2007 7:33:45 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

By anti-war Republicans, I assume he means Ron Paul supporters.


18 posted on 08/31/2007 7:33:51 AM PDT by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I am an antiwar Republican, in the specific instance of the military actions in Iraq.

We need to redouble our efforts to secure our borders here at home and capture and/or kill Osama Bin Laden wherever he is hiding.

But the war in Iraq was a mistake and has turned into a failure.


19 posted on 08/31/2007 7:36:01 AM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: Froufrou
Amen to that. The President won the Iraqi issue many times before against these traitors when the situation in Iraq was much worse, now that we are winning big against the terrorists and on the brink of totally annihilating them, the President is going to win again.

PS: Yes, veritas = truth :)

20 posted on 08/31/2007 7:37:09 AM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: airborne

Ouch!


21 posted on 08/31/2007 7:37:21 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

“My only disagreement with you is that we aren’t winning, we already won. The war going on now is a civil war within Iraq. We won the war within the first 6 weeks.”

Excellent point and I concur 100%. Now it is time to leave. Staying in Iraq is a mistake. We need to secure our borders at home and redouble our efforts to capture and/or kill Osama bin Laden.


22 posted on 08/31/2007 7:38:20 AM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: Froufrou

What is even more amazing than the fecklessness shown by congressional democrats is the bile and hatred evident in the comments that are posted following this WaPo article. The leftwing in the USA are a hateful, delusional, vile bunch who are only interested in undermining GWB and the Administration as means to their own political ends. I don’t know where these individuals come from in our country. Perhaps they should move to, say, a muslim-dominated country to see how they would fare.


23 posted on 08/31/2007 7:39:48 AM PDT by astounded
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To: Froufrou

Ain’t a dime’s worth of difference between GWB and Harry Reid on the Iraq war. Flame away....but he the truth is that (rhetoric to the contrary) the Democrats have give the president everything he wants thus far, and show every sign of continuing to do so.


24 posted on 08/31/2007 7:40:47 AM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: t_skoz
Iraq is the center front of the war on terror, it is in Iraq where the islamic terrorists decided to fight the US and it is in Iraq where our troops are annihilating them. We cannot leave Iraq before we totally crush the terrorists there because if we leave before achieving this objective the consequences on the US and the world will be worse than any nightmare we can imagine.
25 posted on 08/31/2007 7:41:11 AM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: t_skoz; Virginia Ridgerunner; jveritas

I don’t think anyone can arbitrarily say the war was a mistake. What if he’d sat back and done nothing? Where would Saddam be now? Where would we be? Would NY still be there, at all, in any form?

People will say forever that #43 was the worst president we ever had because that’s what the media spoon feeds. They said bad things about Harry Truman, too. It’s tough at the top, being fearless enough to do what must be done.


26 posted on 08/31/2007 7:41:35 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

Paul/Reid 2008


27 posted on 08/31/2007 7:42:11 AM PDT by elizabetty (Was it Dolley Madison or Dolli Madison? First Ladies should not end their name with "I")
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To: avacado
Can this asshat just for once concentrate on victory for America, victory, for the people of Iraq, victory for a stable Iraq, victory for a sane world!?

I echo your sentiment, but victory (for America, and thus, Bush) is precisely what Reid is trying to prevent.

28 posted on 08/31/2007 7:42:44 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: t_skoz
We are not fighting in Iraq for the Iraqis, we are fighting for our freedom and our way of life and those of our children, grandchildren, and for many generations to come.

What will happen if we leave before we achieve victory?

The terrorists whether they are Al Qaeda or the Iranian and Syrian terrorist regimes or a combination of all of them will not only control Iraq but the whole Middle East and with it come consequences to the US and the West that is worse the most horrible nightmares we can imagine. The islamic terrorists will be emboldened beyond imagination and they will have millions of recruits and volunteers ready to fight and destroy the world to establish their seventh century islamic society and Caliphate. The islamic terrorists will use the hundreds of billions of dollars from oil revenues to conduct terrorists attacks that are hundreds of folds more horrible, more deadly, and more destructive than the 9/11 terrorists attacks, including the use of nuclear weapons. They will also use the oil weapon to blackmail the Western and the world economy and bring it to its knees.

If some terrorists dwelling in camps in Afghanistan with a limited budget and few volunteers were able to do 9/11 terrorist attacks, killed 3000 people and caused one trillion dollars in economic losses, imagine the incredible horrors that the terrorists can inflict on us if they control the whole Middle East and it vast revenues.

Any person who has a shred of patriotism and a basic common sense will realize that we simply cannot afford to leave Iraq before we defeat terrorism there.

29 posted on 08/31/2007 7:43:31 AM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Warner - RHINO-VA. He will be replaced, eventually, by his towel-boy Rep. Tom Davis who, until he threw our troops under the bus, was MY rep. They worked out a deal for Davis to run for Warner's seat after he retires. I think they communicated the deal via foot signals in adjoining bathroom stalls

Warner is, has always been, a RHINO. Davis USED to be a good Conservative.

30 posted on 08/31/2007 7:43:35 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: t_skoz; astounded

I wish I could argue with you but I cannot. Our president had us stay to show goodwill, I suppose, and support.

I would have preferred to see us leave about a year ago. That was when so many friends were deployed, so I must confess my opinion is tainted with emotion. :o(


31 posted on 08/31/2007 7:45:07 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: elizabetty

~snorrfle!~


32 posted on 08/31/2007 7:45:42 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

To Washington Post: Real conservatives call them RINO’s.


33 posted on 08/31/2007 7:50:47 AM PDT by JerseyDvl (If You Support America - Thank a Soldier; If You Support Al-Qaeda - Thank a Democrat!)
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To: Froufrou

Does this mean Reid has surrendered on surrender?


34 posted on 08/31/2007 8:01:10 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Planting trees to offset carbon emissions is like drinking water to offset rising ocean levels)
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To: jveritas

Iraq isn’t the center of the WOT. There is no center for the WOT. It’s here in America, and in Pakistan, and Egypt, and the West Bank, and Syria and Iran, in Chechnya and London and Stockholm and Amsterdam. Going to Iraq made us lose focus on the main culprits, Al Queda and Osama. Now we have created more Al Queda just by going to Iraq, and we have strengthened Iran and Syria’s standing in the region. It’s terrorism. Radical, theocratic, fascist terrorism. We can only marginalize and hurt it, we will never crush it unless we kill every Muslim person on the globe.


35 posted on 08/31/2007 8:02:42 AM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: t_skoz

Geez, you have raised short sighted to a level never before seen.


36 posted on 08/31/2007 8:04:22 AM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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To: Froufrou

Which is worse - playing footsie with an undercover cop in an airport bathroom stall, or playing ball with a Democrat who wants to lose the war in Iraq? Which will get the most calls for resignation from the Republican leadership?


37 posted on 08/31/2007 8:10:23 AM PDT by mission9 (Be a citizen worth living for, in a Nation worth dying for...)
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To: mission9

With Craig’s resignation poised for announcement today, I’d say you and I can predict an answer to your question with razorlike accuracy. ;o)


38 posted on 08/31/2007 8:14:12 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Eagles Talon IV

I’m looking at world history here and recent American history, for example the example of Reagan in Beirut.

I would love for you to elaborate.


39 posted on 08/31/2007 8:15:49 AM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: Froufrou

Sounds like the Vietnam scenario, but this time with paid help.


40 posted on 08/31/2007 8:17:33 AM PDT by ANGGAPO (LayteGulfBeachClub)
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To: t_skoz

That is good idea. Then we will not have to do it again and again.


41 posted on 08/31/2007 8:28:41 AM PDT by ANGGAPO (LayteGulfBeachClub)
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To: airborne

Yeah, the Paulestinians are going to perk their ears up at this. More likely, though, Dingy Harry is referring to the usual suspects on the wimp side of the GOP—and their latest icon, the half-senile John Warner.

}:-)4


42 posted on 08/31/2007 8:29:52 AM PDT by Moose4 (I'm not white trash. I'm a Caucasian recyclable.)
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To: Froufrou
translation:

I ain’t been able to get even one piece of pie = and now it’s looking like the only pie I’ll get will be in my face.

So I am going to give you republicans a chance to be nice and give me a piece of the pie = so I can say: “See, the pubbies gave in to me!”

44 posted on 08/31/2007 8:42:42 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ( "...but you can't fool all of the people all the time." LINCOLN)
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To: Froufrou
"Why don't you folks just leave my big brother alone?"


45 posted on 08/31/2007 8:49:40 AM PDT by badgerlandjim (Hillary Clinton is to politics as Helen Thomas is to beauty)
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To: t_skoz

You need to look at a world map!


46 posted on 08/31/2007 8:53:19 AM PDT by mickey finn
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To: mickey finn

Enlighten me.


47 posted on 08/31/2007 9:00:17 AM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: t_skoz

Post 29 explained it very well.


48 posted on 08/31/2007 9:10:57 AM PDT by mickey finn
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To: IamConservative; Old Retired Army Guy

and John Warner, VA-Scumbag


49 posted on 08/31/2007 9:56:48 AM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: t_skoz
I’m looking at world history here and recent American history, for example the example of Reagan in Beirut.

So then, as far as you're concerned, we ran once so we should run again? Running from a fight NEVER solves anything and when you consider who we are at war with this is doubly true. Time and time again we have seen these animals fight longer and harder in the face of what they consider weakness. Time and time again we have seen that the ONLY language they understand is force. Overwhelming, crushing and absolutely crippling force.

I believe your problem is you are confusing these rabid freaks with human beings and trying to apply logic and reasoned thought to their actions and reactions. It is not possible to reason with people whose goal in a conflict is actually to DIE!

50 posted on 08/31/2007 10:00:02 AM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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