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Harry Reid Calls Closed Session, Ticks Off GOP Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Senator Harry Reid has the right idea for Democrats. His move today politically, was strong. He called for a closed session to discuss the war in Iraq and it threw off the GOP a little bit. They were unprepared and they got their cages rattled. It's about time.

Reid's continued outrage over the lack of action on the part of Republicans in the Senate regarding an investigation into the quality of intelligence reports used to support the invasion of Iraq boiled over today when the senate minority leader interrupted the regular course of business and demanded the closed session. It was the first time in more than 25 years a closed session was called without consulting the other party. The Washington Post covered the situation that developed on the hill this afternoon.

Bill Frist was quoted in the Washington Post as saying the senate "has been hijacked by the Democratic leadership. They have no convictions, they have no principles, they have no ideas." Never before had he been "slapped in the face with such an affront," he said, adding: "For the next year and a half, I can't trust Senator Reid."

"Finally, after months and months and months of begging, cajoling, writing letters, we're finally going to be able to have phase two of the investigation regarding how the intelligence was used to lead us into the intractable war in Iraq," Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters, claiming a rare victory for Democrats in the GOP-controlled Congress.

Reid was right saying this whole thing has taken too long. It also allowed them to take the upper hand in this situation and force the Republicans' hand a bit. The war in Iraq is out of hand. The television program Boston Legal aired a case about a soldier who signed up for a year and then had his tour of duty extended up to 26 years in the process, essentially defacto conscription.

The war was poorly thought out, our soldiers are dying and we're not seeing or hearing what's happening. I doubt Congress and the Senate will push the issue but we as a nation need to see these images and question our government. It's essential we question our government frequently. If we don't then we're just the cattle they take us for.

posted by Stithmeister @ 11:25 PM

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At 7:49 AM, Blogger Cynicus said...
With all the Repub complaining about his (quite successful) tactics -

Maybe we should start calling him "Dirty Harry". Heh.

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At 8:10 AM, Blogger Cynicus said...
BTW, have you ever considered that, as soon as the troops come home from Iraq to stay, they're leaving the service? It'll take at least 5, maybe 10 years for the Army and Marines to recover. (In terms of troop strength, loss of skills to mustering out, reduced ability to recruit, etc.)

No wonder Bushco is already starting to push for incursion into Syria, and keeping Iran invasion "in mind". Once this one is over, the US may be unable to project force 'on the ground' for years. The neocon cabal has to double down on the bets, because this is their only time at the table. After this, it will be years before America could spare more than token forces for anything, no matter how vital. i guess we'll have to hire more Blackwater mercs.

Thank you, Bushco, for all the good you've done for a strong military and increased national security.

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At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Greymagius said...
Well, lets not forget... By stripping them of benefits once they leave, some of these poor SOB's will either stay or rejoin within a year, just to get a pay check and medical for family. Also, *IF* they start a new war, a military service is of X-years or as needed by the military. This effectively means that they can indefinatedly extend your time in. Of course thats *only* for *vital positions*. Of course with current activity, everything becomes vital from EOD expert to 2nd Assistant Latrine Re-Stocker.

But lest we forget, Bush said he will not start a draft.. and we know that he's a man of his word. I wonder what new term they'll invent for it?
Think "The NEW Peace Corp".
It would include feeding the needing, helping in hospitals and removing IED's from the road?

Yup, "The NEW Peace Corp!"
Where excitement takes OFF like a Rocket Propelled Grenade!

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