Mr. Reid, I know you are tired of getting these letters, but I offer you a ray of hope tonight. I offer you validation from the Republicans in their Presidential debate this evening. When you are looking for justification for bringing a plan to end the mistakes of the Iraq War to the Senate floor, look no further than presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul.
Now, truth be known, my guy in this fight is Ron Paul. And he, as I am sure you know, is against the war. Always has been. Well, tonight he got into a tangle with Huckabee as to if it is time to end this war. Huckabee, though a decent man, was using the old "you break it, you bought it" stance. Paul, as you know, is strict on the Constitution and wants out.
Let's see how this played out:
"Going into Iraq and Afghanistan and threatening Iran is the worst thing we can do for our national security. I am less safe, the American people are less safe for this. It's the policy that is wrong. The people who say there will be a bloodbath are the ones who said it will be a cakewalk or it will be a slam dunk, and that it will be paid for by oil. Why believe them?"
"Congressman, whether or not we should have gone to Iraq is a discussion the historians can have, but we're there. We bought it because we broke it. We've got a responsibility to the honor of this country and to the honor of every man and woman who has served in Iraq and ever served in our military to not leave them with anything less than the honor that they deserve."
"The American people didn't go in. A few people advising this administration, a small number of people called the neoconservatives hijacked our foreign policy. They're responsible, not the American people."
"We can't be divided. We have to be one nation, under God. That means if we make a mistake, we make it as a single country: the United States of America, not the divided states of America."
"No, when we make a mistake — when we make a mistake, it is the obligation of the people, through their representatives, to correct the mistake, not to continue the mistake."
"And that's what we do on the floor of the Senate."
Okay, Harry, when the Republicans start their usual talking points, point to this exchange in their own presidential debate. Paul ceded the point, because Constitutional, Huckabee is correct.
Point out one of their own said we fix the mistake of Iraq on the floor of the Senate. As Paul pointed out, the people fulfilled their obligation and have placed you and other Democrats into a majority in both houses to fix the mistake that is Iraq.
Now fix the mistake, even the Republicans agree.
Let it load and watch at 4:59 to 5:45, that is where the exchange is.