Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met with President Bush last week and had this to say about the situation in Iraq:
"I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and -- you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows -- [know] this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday," said Reid, D-Nevada.Obviously, leading Republicans didn't exactly like what Reid said. Here's how Reid's Republican counterpart responded:
"I can't begin to imagine how our troops in the field, who are risking their lives every day, are going to react when they get back to base and hear that the Democrat leader of the United States Senate has declared the war is lost," said Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.Surely no conservative would say that the war is lost, now would they? Would they?
Well, if by 'they' you mean former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, then they would.
ANDREW MARR: Do you think there is any hope left of a clear military victory in Iraq?
HENRY KISSINGER: If you mean by clear military victory an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support, I don't believe that is possible.
Oh my Mr. Secretary... How dare you say that! Surely your fellow Republicans will make you pay for that statement!
Or will they?
I have yet to hear one example of a Republican criticizing Kissinger for saying that the war is lost. And yet when Reid says it, what do we hear? Whining.
Not that they don't know a thing or two about hypocrisy, of course.