Dingy Harry Refuses to Concede Success In Iraq

The man is off his rocker…there’s no other explanation. Here he is on This Week With David Gregory, attempting to drag General Petraeus down into the mud with him:

Here’s the transcript, via Gateway Pundit:

MR. GREGORY: Let me ask you about the war in Iraq. In April of 2007, this is what you said: “I believe myself that … this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything.” Were you wrong?

SEN. REID: David, I first met General David Petraeus in Iraq. He was training the Iraqi forces at that time. At that time, he knew it wasn’t working. After he became the commander in Iraq, he and I sat down and talked. He said to me, and he said within the sound of everyone’s voice, “The war cannot be won militarily.” I said it differently than he did. But it needed a change in direction. Petraeus brought that about. He brought it about–the surge helped, of course it helped. But in addition to that, the urging of me and other people in Congress and the country dictated a change, and that took place. So…

MR. GREGORY: But you said the surge was not accomplishing anything. Even Barack Obama said last fall that it exceeded everyone’s expectations and succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.

SEN. REID: Listen, at that–the time that statement was made, the surge–they weren’t talking about the surge. Petraeus added to the surge some very, very interesting things that changed things. He said a lot–just simply numbers of troops is not going to do the deal. What we need to do is work with the Iraqi people, which we haven’t done before. That’s where the Awakening Councils came about, as a result of David Petraeus’ genius. He’s done–he will be written about in the history books for years to come. My original statement was in keeping what David Petraeus said; that is, the war cannot be won militarily.

MR. GREGORY: Do you believe that the war in Iraq has been lost?

SEN. REID: I don’t think at this stage we can talk about that with any degree of sensibility. That has to be something that will talked about in the history books to come. We…

Here’s your history book, ya moron.

MR. GREGORY: So you spoke to soon in 2007?

SEN. REID: David Petraeus and Harry Reid spoke at the same time. David Petraeus said that the war cannot be won militarily, I said what I said. Who, who phrased it the best is…

MR. GREGORY: You said that the war is lost. Today, in 2009, that’s no longer your view?

SEN. REID: David, listen, someone else will have to determine that as the years go on. What has the war done? It’s brought about–it’s destabilized the Middle East. We have a civil war going on in Israel. We have a civil war in Iraq, as indicated today, more than 50 people killed with a bomb in Iraq today. We have Lebanon, a civil war there. We have Iran thumbing their nose with every, everyone. And if that weren’t bad enough, our standing in the world community is so far down as a result of this war, so–and that doesn’t take into consideration the tens of thousands who have been injured…

You know what else history is going to judge, Harry?

YOU, you pathetic liar….and you won’t come off all that well, either, for trying to compare your petty, moronic, purely political, fatalistic, and jihadi-encouraging utterances to General Petraeus’ words, (who never suggested that the war was lost, or was unwinnable). With the passage of time, all will see you as the amoral weasel that you are.

Jules Crittenden looked into this the first time the Dingy one made the claim, back in April 2007:

Reid wants Petraeus to have said what he wanted to hear: “We can’t win this militarily. He said that.”

More or less true. Mainly less.

What Petraeus actually said: “There is no military solution to a problem like that in Iraq, to the insurgency of Iraq. Military action is necessary to help improve security … but it is not sufficient.”*

What Petraeus did not say that Reid wishes he did: “Pull out now!”

* Petraeus went on to say, back in early March, that political progress would require talking with “some of those who have felt the new Iraq did not have a place for them.”  Much like what is now happening with Sunni tribal chiefs in Anbar and Diyala, while Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki distances himself from his Shiite death squad pals.

Nearly two years later, and the cadaver is still digging.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

The Trials And Tribulations Of TUCC

The Chicago Tribune checked in on Obama’s former church, Trinity United Church Of Christ for an interview with the pastor that replaced Reverend Wright; Reverend Otis Moss III.

Authors,  befell the congregation when the Rev. Wright controversy became a full blown  media firestorm, last March.

Sympathetic in tone, the article bemoans  how the church was “vilified and attacked”:

On Sundays, media swarmed the church, pressing members for comment. Protesters parked themselves across the street from the entrance, bludgeoning the faithful with vitriol and insults as they made their way inside.

Security costs for the church skyrocketed to $40,000 weekly, diverting money from missions in Mississippi, New Orleans and nearby Chicago neighborhoods. Church attendance dropped, as more members stayed home to watch worship on the Web. Some expressed doubt about Moss’ leadership. Others, like Obama, struggled with whether they should find a new church.

Now, Moss and the more than 6,500 members of his congregation have emerged from the storm, recounting painful lessons and preparing for the future.

What painful lessons did they learn? Although the Trib failed to mention any of the reasons for the controversy, I hoped that the members of TUCC learned that Black Liberation Theology, a marxist, anti-American, and racist philosophy was profoundly wrong, and odious to most Americans. Were they ashamed and embarrassed when it became widely known that their preacher said, “G-d damn America” and our “chickens are coming home to roost” just days after 9/11 …from the pulpit?! Did they figure out why those sermons, and others seen on YouTube,  so disgusted ordinary Americans?

Does the church still support Hamas and Hezbollah?

I eagerly read on, hoping to find a chastened, and wiser pastor, and congregation. But no tough questions were asked, and this is all I found:

“It wasn’t Obama. It wasn’t Jeremiah Wright. It was Trinity that was under attack,” said Rev. Clyde White, an associate pastor who came to Trinity nearly 30 years ago. “I knew we would come out better and stronger for enduring the attack. Now we can accomplish what Rev. Wright wants. We can accomplish what Rev. Moss wants. We can accomplish what God wants.”

No introspection at all? Just a 100% victim mentality?

“As things ramped up, I made a decision that I don’t want to be in between,” Moss said. “I didn’t want to put the church in the middle of anything. . . . All we want to do is be a church.”

But what kind of church? Did it not occur to anyone (including the writers of this piece) that maybe black liberation theology is a CRAP theology?!

Establishing new rules, Moss banned cameras and recorders from church. Reporters required approval to enter. Church members were instructed not to speak to any media.

So they decided that the  answer to their problems was a gag order: fewer people knowing what goes on in their church.

Church leaders also looked to Scripture. White, the 71-year-old associate pastor, turned to his Bible, anchoring himself in passages that spoke of reconciliation, facing the unknown and trusting God.

“None of us knew how God was working through this,” he said.

In the midst of the media blackout, a renewed sense of purpose began to permeate the congregation. In the fall, Moss unveiled a new “Imagine” theme for Trinity, in which members were encouraged to visualize their ideal church.

Scripture is good… more scripture, and less Cone would be the way to go, if you ask me.

Let’s face it. Obama’s involvement with TUCC should have ended his Presidential aspirations. McCain for some  stupid reason (he didn’t want to win?), decided not to make it an issue during the general election. I hope the pastor and congregation of TUCC appreciate that…

Hat tip: Lucianne