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Reid: Bush must learn to compromise on Iraq
LAS VEGAS SUN ^ | April 05, 2007 | AP

Posted on 04/05/2007 5:42:33 PM PDT by mdittmar

RENO, Nev. (AP) - President Bush would be to blame, not the Democrat-controlled Congress, if he vetoes a supplemental spending bill for U.S. troops because he has rejected repeated invitations to discuss a compromise, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.

"I'm a legislator, I know how to compromise. He doesn't. That's what he's got to learn," Reid, D-Nev., told The Associated Press.

"Compromise is not a bad word. I think it's been real hard for him to understand he can't do what he did before we had a new Congress in town," Reid said. "He's going to have to learn to deal with it."

Reid made the remarks after he met with a mixed reception at a veterans hospital where he took his plea for troop withdrawals by next fall and called the war in Iraq the "worst foreign policy blunder" in U.S. history.

"The training wheels have to come off and Iraq has got to police it's own civil war. We should not be policing a civil war," Reid told about 80 veterans, doctors and others at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Reno.

"People say if we leave Iraq it's going to be chaos," he said. "It's chaos right now. So whenever we leave, whether it is six days from now or six months from now - we know we'll be out of there in 20 months because that is when Bush is out of office - it is going to be chaos."

Two of the half-dozen or more skeptics in the audience offered pointed criticism of Reid, including one who said the senator's "irresponsible statements" are undermining U.S. troops.

"You are using this as a political football. It's not acceptable," said John Edwards, a veteran and member of a local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, whose national organization has called for Congress to approve funding for the Iraq war without what it called "an arbitrary withdrawal timeline."

Reid said he agrees the nation must make sure U.S. troops have "not died in vain in Iraq."

"Conversely, we have to tell it how it is. We can't paint a picture that doesn't exist," he said.

"Before we invaded, there was not a single terrorist in Iraq. I recognize Saddam Hussein was an evil man and I'm glad he's gone. But invading Iraq did not help the situation. It made it worse."

Reid said earlier he will propose legislation to cut off funds for combat operations, and provide money for only three missions: targeted counterterrorism operations, training and equipping the Iraqi security forces, and to provide security for U.S. personnel and infrastructure.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticized the strategy Wednesday, saying such limits could pull troops from Baghdad neighborhoods, which have been the focus of the latest military buildup in Iraq.

"One real possibility is, if we abandon some of these areas and withdraw into the countryside or whatever to do these targeted missions, that you could have a fairly significant ethnic cleansing inside Baghdad or in Iraq more broadly," Gates said.

Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., is among those who argue Congress has no business "micromanaging this war."

"Our troops are in Iraq fighting an enemy that wants to destroy our way of life, and setting a date for withdrawal would undermine our commanders," he said last week. "Victory is our only option."

Reid spoke and answered questions for about an hour and toured the VA facility.

"I say let's get out of there. Let's understand this war can only be won politically, diplomatically and economically."

Reid said Democrats continue to try to work with the president to avoid a second veto he has promised if another version of a supplemental spending bill has a timetable for withdrawing troops.

"If he does that, he's cutting off the funds to troops. We're not cutting off the funds to troops," Reid said.

"The president is a partner with us on what we do in Iraq whether he wants to be or not. We need to work with him and he needs to work with us."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: appeasement; dhimmicrats; iraq; islamophiles; islamophilia; wot
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1 posted on 04/05/2007 5:42:34 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
Liberal definition of compromise:

Do what we want and you will be compromising.

2 posted on 04/05/2007 5:44:27 PM PDT by technomage (You get what you want one step at a time)
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To: mdittmar
Reid: Bush must learn to compromise on Iraq

The president should tell Reid to "go pound sand".

3 posted on 04/05/2007 5:44:43 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: mdittmar

STFU traitor Reid.


4 posted on 04/05/2007 5:45:15 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: mdittmar

Reid can taste the blood of dead Iraqi mothers and children already. What a ghoul.


5 posted on 04/05/2007 5:45:57 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: mdittmar

Sorry Senator Reid,... it could well be you and your synchophants that learn a hard and painful lesson in Constitutional Presidential Authority in Time of War.


6 posted on 04/05/2007 5:46:13 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: mdittmar

Reid needs to learn to keep his evil mouth shut!


7 posted on 04/05/2007 5:47:39 PM PDT by Paperdoll
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To: mdittmar
My dear Harry,

You fund the troops, and I'll quit calling you a traitor. No pork, no extras, no timetable. Deal?

George.

8 posted on 04/05/2007 5:48:01 PM PDT by Pistolshot (Thompson '08)
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To: mdittmar

Reid and the rest of the cowardly dims must learn to accept the fact that the Global War on Terror is not going away just because they want to claim that Iraq is not a part of it.

Cowardice in the face of the enemy.


9 posted on 04/05/2007 5:48:45 PM PDT by Pox (Just say NO to RINO Rudy!)
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To: mdittmar

10 posted on 04/05/2007 5:49:20 PM PDT by takeemout (Doing my part to be Carbon Positive)
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To: mdittmar

compromise??? He means quit..


11 posted on 04/05/2007 5:50:13 PM PDT by kjam22 (see me play the guitar here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noHy7Cuoucc)
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To: mdittmar
Compromise is not a bad word.

Really?  If Harry wants me to swallow an ounce of rat poison, yet I stubbornly refuse, compromise to 1/2 ounce is OK?   This man is more foolish than I thought.

12 posted on 04/05/2007 5:50:39 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Mosquitoes remind us that we are not as high up on the food chain as we think...)
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To: mdittmar

Dingy Harry Reid should go back to taking mob money and gambling license kickbacks in Las Vegas.


13 posted on 04/05/2007 5:51:33 PM PDT by LetsRok
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To: mdittmar

Dirty Harry Reid. The biggest recipient of funds from Jack Abramoff. Believer of land deals made WITHOUT a written document, long after giving uop his interest in the property IN writing.

Harry, your mom would be so proud. You followed in her footsteps.


14 posted on 04/05/2007 5:52:20 PM PDT by exit82 (2008 Dem Campaign Slogan: "Vote Democrat-Hate America First!")
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To: mdittmar

Harry and Nancy are scared of someone standing up to the playground bullies. Bush knows that he has the people on his side and every poll will support him when he vetoes these traitorous bills. Nancy hasn’t helped her cause with this grandstanding in Syria. They have over played their hands and they are scared that they will be showed up.

It is delightful to see them caught in a trap of their own making. Someone “pass the pop corn, please”


15 posted on 04/05/2007 5:52:40 PM PDT by noname07718
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To: mdittmar
Dingy Harry wants President Bush to compromise between defeat and victory. How do you compromise on two irreconcilable objectives? The man is a complete moron when it comes to understanding differences of principle. Both sides are committed to different goals. I don't see how the President can reach an understanding with the Defeatocrats when there's no common ground between them.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

16 posted on 04/05/2007 5:53:09 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mdittmar

Here’s a good compromise. Reid can STFU, and President Bush can stop laughing at him.


17 posted on 04/05/2007 5:53:29 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Veritas. Gravitas. Ohmygas.)
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To: mdittmar

What a hateful, little man, is Senator Reid.


18 posted on 04/05/2007 5:53:57 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet ))
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To: mdittmar
Before we invaded, there was not a single terrorist in Iraq.

How does Reid know that they were all married?

Seriesly, Searchlight is a complete idiot. That is just a ridiculous statement to make. We KNOW there were terrorists in Iraq -- and Germany, Britain, the USA, etc.

19 posted on 04/05/2007 5:54:01 PM PDT by You Dirty Rats (I Love Free Republic!)
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To: mdittmar
Harry Reid makes Daschle seem like a regular statesman.
20 posted on 04/05/2007 5:55:11 PM PDT by Semi Civil Servant (I have a team of writers working on my next tag line.)
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To: mdittmar

Bush: Reid must learn to STFU on Iraq.


21 posted on 04/05/2007 5:56:00 PM PDT by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: All

Petitions to sign:

For military:
http://www.appealforcourage.org

For civilians:
http://www.townhall.com/ref/surrender
http://www.gopetition.com/online/11574.html

If you haven’t seen this yet:
A campaign by active-duty troops asking Congress to drop plans for a withdrawal from Iraq. Lt. Jason Nichols, a 33-year-old naval projects officer who has been in Baghdad since mid-January, said the goal is to keep lawmakers focused on letting the military finish its mission in Iraq, and not prematurely declare failure

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7392499685041821301&hl=en


22 posted on 04/05/2007 5:56:53 PM PDT by bnelson44 (http://www.appealforcourage.org)
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To: You Dirty Rats

Harry might want to talk to the Kurds, he might get a different view.


23 posted on 04/05/2007 5:57:06 PM PDT by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: mdittmar
Dear Harry:

There is no compromise between win or lose in war. There is no middle ground, no moderation, no mediation when an enemy wants to literally cut your head off and sublimate the remaining populace into utter submission of freedom, liberty and independence.

BTW, the rip off of New Sheriff in Town [”new Congress in town”] isn't working. You have to be a man to get away with that line. You don’t qualify.

Sincerely,

A fan.

24 posted on 04/05/2007 5:57:07 PM PDT by BlessedByLiberty (Respectfully submitted,)
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To: mdittmar

Liberal compromise = LOSE


25 posted on 04/05/2007 5:58:19 PM PDT by ohioWfan (PRAY for our President and our troops. NOW more than ever!!.)
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To: mdittmar

“People say if we leave Iraq it’s going to be chaos,” he said. “It’s chaos right now. So whenever we leave, whether it is six days from now or six months from now - we know we’ll be out of there in 20 months because that is when Bush is out of office - it is going to be chaos.”

What a moron.


26 posted on 04/05/2007 5:59:12 PM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: mdittmar
...we know we'll be out of there in 20 months because that is when Bush is out of office...

He seems very sure they will run the entire government with no opposition
27 posted on 04/05/2007 5:59:15 PM PDT by YellowRoseofTx
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To: mdittmar

When are they going to indict this guy?


28 posted on 04/05/2007 5:59:44 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: mdittmar

Reid is so full of it. Why should Bush Compromise at all anyway? He’s got to votes in both houses to sustain the veto that’s coming. The Democrats call for compromise is the true sign of their weak hand. The passed legislation, the Pelosi trip, etc., were all done to pacify the nutroots. What’s the feedback from them if Reid & Pelosi fail to accomplish surrender ASAP??

Gotta love his call for compromise - he’s in the losing position.


29 posted on 04/05/2007 6:00:48 PM PDT by antonico
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To: mdittmar

Compromising by liberals is what brought us 911. They are in bed with the enemies of our nation, no doubt about it.


30 posted on 04/05/2007 6:01:45 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: Brilliant
Some days I long for the days of Lincoln......

He'd be in jail with Pelosi, Feingold, Durbin and the whole weasly bunch.

31 posted on 04/05/2007 6:02:18 PM PDT by ohioWfan (PRAY for our President and our troops. NOW more than ever!!.)
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To: ohioWfan

There was not one terrorist in Iraq before the war??
Hmmmm, I will bet there was at least ONE in the whole country.
I guess Iraq was the only country in the world that had no terrorists or any Al Queda. What a buffoon!


32 posted on 04/05/2007 6:02:41 PM PDT by Holicheese (I love shrimp and grits.)
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To: mdittmar
"Before we invaded, there was not a single terrorist in Iraq.

This senile old bastard forgot about Zarqawi? Or was it an "honest omission" aimed at misleading the public?
33 posted on 04/05/2007 6:03:32 PM PDT by Doc-Joe
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To: mdittmar; Bahbah; Mo1; STARWISE; txradioguy; rodguy911; onyx

I can’t believe he really expects to have his words respected when he makes the assertion that “there were NO terrorists in Iraq until the US invaded.”

Also..to take that surrender message to a VA HOSPITAL?? How brain dead would one have to be to take that kind of message to veterans???


34 posted on 04/05/2007 6:03:47 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: BigSkyFreeper

The President should occupy the halls of congress with a Battalion of Marines and throw each and every one of these clueless wonders in prison.


35 posted on 04/05/2007 6:06:32 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (Duncan Hunter in 2008)
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To: Txsleuth

It’s a hard time for anyone who loves and believes in this country and wants to protect it.

The Harry and Nancy show feel powerful, and we feel powerless. It’s a hard time.


36 posted on 04/05/2007 6:06:38 PM PDT by Bahbah (Regev, Goldwasser & Shalit, we are praying for you.)
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To: Bahbah

I know...hard and scary.


37 posted on 04/05/2007 6:07:25 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: SandRat
Dingy Harry Reid needs to learn how to eat feces and like it!

Because he and all the other Bush haters are so blind in their hatred for Bush that they have chosen to follow a path of self destruction beyond belief...what losers!!!
38 posted on 04/05/2007 6:08:35 PM PDT by Stayfree (**********straight from the horse's mouth at www.CapitolHillComedy.tumblr.com)
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To: mdittmar
Compromise to Ried is surrender! SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN, Pelosi is doing more damage than you realize
39 posted on 04/05/2007 6:08:43 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (ID RATHER BE HUNTING WITH DICK THAN DRIVING WITH TED)
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To: Stayfree

Just finished reading David Limbaugh’s book “Bankrupt” and that describes them all.


40 posted on 04/05/2007 6:10:59 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Holicheese
Buffoon is too complimentary......

(Your tagline..........shrimp and grits together or separately?)

41 posted on 04/05/2007 6:11:33 PM PDT by ohioWfan (PRAY for our President and our troops. NOW more than ever!!.)
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To: Pox
"'Reid and the rest of the cowardly dims must learn to accept the fact that the Global War on Terror is not going away just because they want to claim that Iraq is not a part of it.

Cowardice in the face of the enemy."

The liberal bastids don't have enough backbone to be cowards.  Their main goal is money.  They are pissed off because so much money is going to things other than social programs that they can use to buy votes.  They want power.  That's the bottom line.

42 posted on 04/05/2007 6:13:33 PM PDT by Shamrock-DW
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To: Txsleuth

Compromise to the Dems means one of two things...if it’s the Republicans they’re saying this to...it means “you just shut the hell up and do it OUR way”...if it’s to the Islamoterrorists...it means BOHICA.


43 posted on 04/05/2007 6:16:20 PM PDT by txradioguy (In Memory Of My Friend 1SG Tim Millsap A Co. 70th Engineer Bn. K.I.A. 25 Apr. 2005)
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To: mdittmar

Thank you so very much to the voters of the 2006 election. Because of your collective wisdom, people like this walking bag of bile are controlling the future of the United States. May God forgive you, and have mercy on us all.


44 posted on 04/05/2007 6:18:10 PM PDT by appleharvey
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To: txradioguy

You are very correct.

I just watched Alan Colmes just get all gooey about how nice the Iranians were for letting the Brits go....blech


45 posted on 04/05/2007 6:19:13 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: ohioWfan

Actually, I discovered the most fantastic combination of foods when I moved down to NC. Shrimp and grits. I was told, I am the only guy ever who wears a Boston Redsox hat that loves grits.
Shrimp and grits is a little different everywhere you get it but it usually has a smokey sausage, cheese and a taso ham sauce mixed in. Its fantastic but it fills you up like you wouldn’t believe. If you ever get a chance to try it, DO NOT PASS IT UP!


46 posted on 04/05/2007 6:19:30 PM PDT by Holicheese (I love shrimp and grits.)
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To: mdittmar

47 posted on 04/05/2007 6:21:56 PM PDT by Bush gal in LA
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To: Txsleuth

I hope Ann Coulter smacks the back of his pointy Liberal head for that when she’s on.


48 posted on 04/05/2007 6:24:38 PM PDT by txradioguy (In Memory Of My Friend 1SG Tim Millsap A Co. 70th Engineer Bn. K.I.A. 25 Apr. 2005)
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To: mdittmar
Reid: Bush must learn to compromise on Iraq

The arrogance of the Congressional Democrats is breath taking. Would they have said the same thing to FDR, Truman, JFK, LBJ, Jimmuh Cahteh, or Bubba BJ???

This is arrogant, disgraceful, disgusting behavior at its core!!!!

49 posted on 04/05/2007 6:26:58 PM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Stayfree
Because he and all the other Bush haters are so blind in their hatred for Bush that they have chosen to follow a path of self destruction beyond belief...what losers!!!

You are exactly right about their hatred for President Bush but it isn't their destruction I am worried about. It's our country and our military,our freedoms that are at stake here.

If these, traitors win in 2008 our military power will be greatly weakened as it was under clinton in the 90's.I doubt our young men and women would want to serve under such nonsupporting leaders.

50 posted on 04/05/2007 6:27:14 PM PDT by BARLF
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