Reid Slams Cheney, Furthering the LaRouche-led Anti-Cheney Sentiment

23 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Reid Slams Cheney, Furthering the LaRouche-led Anti-Cheney Sentiment</h1><p>April 23 (EIRNS)--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.), in a speech delivered at the Woodrow Wilson Center, this afternoon, made a clear argument that the Bush-Cheney war in Iraq is a failure and that a new policy direction is needed, and that the necessary new policy is embedded in the Senate version of the war supplemental spending bill that Bush is threatening to veto. The components of that new policy include, among other things, getting US military forces out of policing a civil war, a phased redeployment which removes all US combat forces from Iraq, except those engaged in a limited set of missions, and launching "the kind of diplomatic, economic and political offensive that the President's strategy lacks," which includes talking to all of Iraq's neighbors, including Iran and Syria. Reid called the Democratic plan "a strategy for success" but President Bush has responded by deploying Dick Cheney "as chief attack dog." Of Cheney, Reid said "The Vice President demeans himself and diminishes his office by offering wildly irresponsible and inaccurate attacks on us and our strategy. He seems more interested in sound bites than sound policy - and his record shows it."</p><p>Part of Reid's message was the fact that he was introduced by former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.) who is not only the head of the Woodrow Wilson Center, but was also co-chairman, along with former Secretary of State James Baker, of the Iraq Study Group, which report Reid has fully endorsed and elements of which are incorporated in the Senate supplemental bill.</p></div></body>