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Bipartisan defeatism

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on July 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm with 3 Comments »
July 6, 2010 6:14 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, April 2007, about Iraq:

Now I believe, myself, that the secretary of state, the secretary of defense and you have to make your own decision as to what the president knows: that this war is lost, that the surge is not accomplishing anything.

Republican chairman Michael Steele, last week, about Barack Obama and Afghanistan:

If he’s such a student of history, has he not understood that, you know, that’s the one thing you don’t do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan? All right? Because everyone who’s tried, over a thousand years of history, has failed.

I guess America’s chances in a war have a lot to do with whether your political party is in the White House.

Reid was discredited by Gen. David Petraeus’ success in Iraq. Here’s hoping that Petraeus does the same to Steele in Afghanistan.

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  1. Novelist3 says:

    Micheal Steele got the quote wrong. It should go “You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – The most famous of which is ‘never get involved in a land war in Asia’ – but only slightly less well-known is this: ‘Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line!’ “

  2. johnearl says:

    @Novelist3 –

    “Have You Ever Heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates? Morons!”

  3. The last time that a Western power actually” held ground” was not a “thousand years ago” but rather 2300 years ago with Alexander and that was only temporary due to his untimely decease. The Romans figured that it was an unprofitable “non”-investment. Then again, we could sub-contract the Arizona traffic camera firm to install cameras ALL OVER Afghanistan and issue the tallybon (BO’s pronunciation, not mine) $ 124.00 tickets for speeding, parking and runnin thet thar red light, and TA DA! the war would be paid for in no time at all…

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