By John W. Lillpop
In his youth, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) went by the nickname "pinky."
Come to think of it, "Pinky" seems a perfect moniker for a bloke whose anti-American credentials include shepherding a bill of surrender through the U.S. Senate in order to "cut and run" from Iraq.
Fraudulently called a war funding bill, Pinky's legislative triumph is eliciting an avalanche of "Praise Be To Allah!" exaltations from Islamofascists all over the globe.
Who would have imagined that a Mormon and former pugilist could be such a smashing hit with the Jihad crowd?
From sleeper cells in Detroit, Michigan to luxury caves in Afghanistan, things have not been this good for terrorists since 9/11 itself!
Even the leftist "dean" of American journalists, David Broder himself, has concluded that Senator Reid is a "bumbling embarrassment."
Some believe that Broder went overboard when he called Reid the "Democrats' Gonzales."
Perhaps so, but comparing Reid to the inept Attorney General/Top Bandito in the Bush administration is only slightly off the mark.
Broder would have been "spot on" had he compared Reid to the really inept top bandito in Washington: W himself.
Still, Reid has not always been as adamantly opposed to the troop surge as he now.
As recently as last December 17, ABC's "This Week," Reid expressed support for a "temporary" surge in troops.
Reid's statement in December begs the question: Was the war "lost" back in December?
If not, what has changed so dramatically in four months?
On the other hand, if Senator Reid was convinced in December that the war was "lost," why did he support a troop surge, temporary or otherwise?
Or are reasonable questions a waste of time? Is Reid simply a crass political hack whose core beliefs are subject to tweaking as dictated by anti-war nut cases in the Democrat party?
There was a time, a mere three years ago, when Pinky seemed fairly grounded on the Iraq war.
Specifically, in the April 4, 2005 edition of the Daily Utah Chronicle (dailyutahchronicle.com), Reid is quoted as having said, in part:
"Iraq is changing. It's a long, slow process. We're there, and it would be a disaster for decades to come for us to just walk out of there."
Still, give the man credit. He is, if nothing else, consistently inconsistent!
Pinky Reid: Surely America can do better!
John Lillpop is a recovering liberal.