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Nancy Pelosi's Choice for Intel Chair Wants More Troops in Iraq

You won't believe it, but Nancy Pelosi's choice for intel committee chairman thinks we need to up the amount of troops in Iraq to make sure we kill all the terrorists:

"We're not going to have stability in Iraq until we eliminate those militias, those private armies," Reyes said. "We have to consider the need for additional troops to be in Iraq, to take out the militias and stabilize Iraq ... We certainly can't leave Iraq and run the risk that it becomes [like] Afghanistan" was before the 2001 invasion by the United States.

[snip]

But when asked what he told Pelosi about his thinking on Iraq, Reyes replied: "What I said was, we can't afford to leave there. And anybody who says, we are going pull out our troops immediately, is being dishonest ... We're all interested in getting out of Iraq. That's a common goal. How we do it, I think, is the tough part. There are those that say, they don't care what Iraq looks like once we leave there. Let's just leave there. And I argue against that. I don't think that's responsible. And I think it plays right into the hands of Syria and Iran."

And Nancy still supported him? The Kos Kiddies are really going to go apoplectic.

Captain Ed thinks the Dems may want to reevaluate their choice of Pelosi as speaker.

So why did she replace Harman? It seems obvious that the decision had much more to do with personal issues than with policy. Democrats may want to rethink her Speakership in light of the series of strange decisions she has made in the wake of their victory. The rule of personal whim has just about destroyed their momentum and may have set up the House caucus for a devastating split at the moment of their greatest unity in a generation.

Comments (14)

This guy may have a chance ... (Below threshold)

This guy may have a chance to succeed. Obviously, he didn't consult the Donks' hierarchy. Teddy and Schumer probably wouldn't concur.

"Democrats may want to r... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"Democrats may want to rethink her Speakership in light of the series of strange decisions she has made in the wake of their victory."

What an idiot. She makes decisions that, ostensibly at least, Captain Ed and bloggers at Wizbang and other conservatives should be complimenting and embracing, and we get this kind of pablum?

What's amazing isn't that Democrats are making hard and correct choices -- what's amazing is that conservatives can't figure out what's going on - AGAIN! Didn't the November election teach you guys ANYTHING about the direction America needs, wants, and is now heading?

Left in the dark as usual, eh conservatives? Confused and bewildered? Well, welcome to America -- have a seat and pay attention -- you might learn something. Sheesh.

Now now "pucker puss" (lee ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Now now "pucker puss" (lee lee) which side of the fence are you REALLY on? Please don't disappoint all your loyal "club" members.

Lee the issue is that this ... (Below threshold)
Tony:

Lee the issue is that this is what a lot of conservatives have been saying for a while, and Pelosi's party (you know, the one you shill for so very often) is gonna enrage its base by finally doing what should be done in Iraq. But now the babies are running things, so nobody will bitch about it.

Sorry, what I meant to say ... (Below threshold)
Tony:

Sorry, what I meant to say is that the babies now have their bottle, so nobody in the media will bitch about it.

Tony you nailed it! ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Tony you nailed it!

What does the Intelligence ... (Below threshold)

What does the Intelligence Committee have to do with troop levels in Iraq? It seems to me the Appropriations Committee and the House Armed Services Committee will be the ones that have the most influence on Iraq policy.

I don't ever recall there being a litmus test on Iraq for Democratic House candidates. There's surely more than a few (especially the Blue Dogs) who don't favor withdrawal. Pelosi can't afford to exclude an entire bloc of people from leadership positions based just on Iraq.

Just remember, she hasn't b... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Just remember, she hasn't been elected to the position yet and if she alienates enough people she may not be.

It's hard to tell sometimes... (Below threshold)
Jumpinjoe:

It's hard to tell sometimes if Nancy is a political genius or a flighty dingbat.

On one hand she may know that the San Francisco "moonbats" wishes and desires spells disaster for this country and knows eventually following through with their agenda means the death of the Democratic Party.

Or she just didn't know what his position really was.

Just like the "moonbat" impeachment talk. Nancy may know that the list of witnesses includes the previous administration and every Democrat that voted for action in Iraq. She may understand playing the dupe doesn't reflect well for real leaders and playing dumb won't look good going into 08'.

But then again, maybe Nancy is all over the reservation because she is flighty.

Personally I'm going with the "flighty dingbat" scenario until the Democratic plan for Iraq and the GWOT is taken out of the lock box and can be reviewed. Like a bunch of dingbats though, they can't figure out who has the key.

So, Lee, we now have your s... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

So, Lee, we now have your statement that you believe the correct course is staying in Iraq? INteresting.

Where was this position before?

Larkin, whether the Intel C... (Below threshold)

Larkin, whether the Intel Committee has any bearing is not the point being made. The point is that someone's gone off the reservation. And there are a number of Pelosi supporters who are wincing right now.

First she's all ga-ga over Murtha and said she agreed with his immediate pull-out plan. Now she's chosen a Chairman who emphatically feels differently. This is just her way of throwing a bone with no meat on it to the more conservative Democrats. But it'll still make those farther left mad that their doctrine isn't being followed item by item.

Personally, I think she's trying to make everyone happy and all she's going to cause, in the long run, is more discord within the party.

So Lee, am I happy? Why yes! This might finally cause the Democrats to purge themselves of the far left kooks. And as long as Democrats are in power, that can only be a good thing. Now if only the Republicans could figure that out, the American public will definately benefit.

"We're not going to have st... (Below threshold)
Locks:

"We're not going to have stability in Iraq until we eliminate those militias, those private armies," Reyes said.

Would some one in the MSM or Mr. Reyes identify whose militias or private armies we are fighting in Iraq. No one does. Could they be from Iran or Syria? Please let us know.

Does anybody have the money to privately fund an army that can fight our troops? Must be a country.

It's hard to tell ... (Below threshold)
It's hard to tell sometimes if Nancy is a political genius or a flighty dingbat.

I think she's smart enough to learn from her mistakes. After she got her head handed to her over the rejection of Jack Murtha for Majority Leader, she's been steering a more moderate course. She knows that following the dictates of the Democrat kook fringe Kossaks, DUmmies, etc. is a recipe for disaster for her party, if not for the country.

So, Lee, we now have you... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

So, Lee, we now have your statement that you believe the correct course is staying in Iraq? INteresting.

Where was this position before?

Ryan, as always, Lee's position is on his hands and knees staring at the headboard while biting on the pillow.




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