Skip to comments.Rangel: Only Progress in Iraq Is to 'Get the Hell Out!'
Posted on 01/18/2008 4:44:22 PM PST by Sub-Driver
Rangel: Only Progress in Iraq Is to 'Get the Hell Out!' By Josiah Ryan CNSNews.com Staff Writer January 18, 2008
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) told Cybercast News Service Thursday that he does not consider legislation passed last Saturday by the Iraqi Parliament, which permits former members of Saddam's Ba'ath Party to reclaim government jobs, a sign of political progress. "The only thing that is progress is to get the hell out of there," said Rangel. (Hear Audio)
The legislation, which allows low-ranking Ba'athist Sunnis to participate in the new Shia-controlled government, has been cited by both Democrats and Republicans as an important benchmark of political reconciliation within Iraq.
The U.S. Congress passed legislation in May 2007 that lists "enacting and implementing legislation on de-Ba'athification" as the third of 18 benchmarks for success in Iraq. Rangel voted in favor of that legislation.
In his view, however, there is no possibility of any success in Iraq. In reference to the continuing decline in U.S. casualties in the Iraq war, Rangel said: "The fact that less people are dying in an immoral war? How could you call that progress? No. It's sad." (Hear Audio)
"And to those people who think we are moving towards success, just go to a couple of hearings and they will find out," he said. "Unless there is a moral reason to be there, you cannot have any success because less people are dying."
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He was elected to the 92nd Congress on November 3, 1970, and has been re-elected to each succeeding congress.
Congressman Rangel is a failure of 38 years in ‘career’ training.
10 years from now still declaring defeat and how he alone was responsible for the NEW Iraq
Safer for children than Tijuana, Mexico.
I’m not from New York either.
First, it was Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe on the podium and screaming he would take down the U.S. without firing a shot. I believe that happened in 1960.
Second, didn't someone say, and I think it was Rangel himself, that Rangel fought in the Korean War? Believing that this is true, I have but one question: Which side was he on?