Hastert Chides Pelosi For Her 'Irresponsible' Iraq Withdrawal Scenario

House Speaker Dennis Hastert calls Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi's views, expressed Sunday in a CBS "Sixty Minutes" segment, "...foolish, naive and dangerous." Speaker Hastert was being too kind. Pelosi's inability to understand the nature of the Global War on Terror was revealed quite clearly in this statement (From CNSNews):

Pelosi told CBS's Leslie Stahl that yes, there are terrorists in Iraq. "But that doesn't mean we stay there. They'll stay there as long as we're there. They're there because we're there," she said.
Pelosi hasn't connected the dots. They're there, and being killed there by the thousands. If we leave, they'll follow us home.

Hastert had more to say about the Democratic leader's gaffe:

"Is the Democrat Minority Leader really turning a blind eye towards the countless number of terrorists that we are fighting in the streets and battlefields of Iraq and also in numerous countries around the world? Does she forget the nearly 3,000 victims of September 11th? The 201 victims of the Madrid train bombings? And the 52 victims of the London bomb attacks? These were all innocent victims of the Global War on Terror. And what about the countless others who have been saved because of our efforts?

Hastert said Pelosi could not be further from reality when she say terrorists are in Iraq only because U.S. troops are there: "If the United States had not brought the fight to foreign soil, terrorists wouldn't disappear -- they would deploy to the United States."

He said that's why President Bush and the Republican-led Congress "have chosen to go on the offensive and take the fight to the terrorists before we have to fight them in American neighborhoods."

Posted by: Bluto at 09:07 AM


1 Republicans STILL don't understand.......Iraq was not Al Queda until George Bush made it that way.

All he did was essentially dismantle a 3000 year old culture and shred it to capture a a president for war crimesRumsfieldhelped him commit.

Foolish Americans........

Posted by: civilbehavior at October 24, 2006 01:05 PM

2 No, he, as Buchanan showed in his pre-war "Whose War?"
column (google to obtain), Bush followed Israeli-protecting neocon
strategy based on false intelligence.
And several leaked CIA reports among others, show the jihad
grows because of US occupation of Iraq. Clincher: Sunni
tribal chieftains tell us they can eradicate Al Qaeda foreigners
after we leave better than we can do it while staying.

Posted by: Ken Hoop at October 24, 2006 01:55 PM

3 Wow, Ken, you have a direct line into the Sunni tribal chieftain hq, huh? Neato. Now you and civilbehavior tell us what to do with all these jihadists we had prior to the War in Iraq. Like the ones who blew up the World Trade Center, the Khobar Towers, the USS Cole, the US embassies in Africa, the first attempt to bring down the WTC, the plot to blow up US planes over the Pacific, and on and on. And these are just the attacks affecting the US, as thousands more have taken place all over the World, prior to the war in Iraq.You boys are the foolish ones.

Posted by: jesusland joe at October 24, 2006 03:37 PM

4 I didn't know that Saddam was the culmination of a 3000 year old culture of raping young girls and gassing Kurds, did you JJ?

Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at October 24, 2006 03:57 PM

5 How soon we forget...
We were allies with Saddam when the Kurds were gassed and WE said the Iranians had gassed the Kurds.

Posted by: Greg at October 24, 2006 04:10 PM

6 "WE" did?

Posted by: DAT at October 24, 2006 04:39 PM

7 We propped Saddam up to halt the advance of radical Islam into Iraq. Radical islam was allowed into Iran by the one and only Jimmy Carter who just like Pelosi cannot see past her own greed for power long enough to learn who the real enemy to America is. And Greg, CB and that other jagoff are just as ignorant. Go back to Never Land you morons. That is the only place where the enemy stays on it's ship and waits for you to attack.

Posted by: SeeMonk at October 24, 2006 05:19 PM

8 The Iran/Iraq war was military laboratory for CNWAs and we were research collaborators.

Posted by: Greg at October 24, 2006 06:42 PM

9 Crap, Greg, the French were the major allies of Iraq at this time, and the Euroweenies(along withRussia)gave Saddam 90% of his military arsenal. At least get your facts right before telling your lies and spreading your propaganda, Greg. Well, you know what you are!

Posted by: jesusland joe at October 24, 2006 08:25 PM

10 3000 year old culture. They should have advanced out of the trees in 3000 yrs. But know instead they became some of the most backward assholes in history.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 24, 2006 11:01 PM

11 know-no. Drunk again. I'm going bedie by.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 24, 2006 11:14 PM

12 Facts...?
You're kidding - right?
Poo slinger couldn't even spell FACT if you spotted him the F, A C.

Posted by: Max Power at October 25, 2006 12:06 AM

13 Joe

When terrorists do those things you fight them with intel and action.

But when you go into a country armed with bluster and bad planning and
participate in actions that result, somehow, in the deaths of between 100,000 and 600,000 citizens(whether we pulled the triggers or not) you gotta belive we are growing more people who hate us. Probably faster than we kill them.

And if you can't appreciate how much you would hate someone who collaterally blew off your kids legs then you are the foolish one.

We will never ever kill all the terrorists. Our current plan will just make more. Bonehead.

Posted by: MrQuestion at October 25, 2006 12:46 AM

14 " But when you go into a country armed with bluster and bad planning and participate in actions that result, somehow, in the deaths of between 100,000 and 600,000 citizens(whether we pulled the triggers or not) you gotta belive we are growing more people who hate us. Probably faster than we kill them. "

That sums it up so accurately. That is it in a nutshell. And what is bequiling is that the nut in the White House cannot see it!

Posted by: Last gasp Larry at October 25, 2006 07:31 PM

15 Larry: Solutions man solutions is what we need. I don't have one except make IM president and put an end to it once and for all. If we leave Iraq without victory they will follow us here. It is a way of life to the terrorists. A profession. They know of no other way to make a living. They are paid well and it's a good life. It's more than religion. It's racial. It's jealousy. It's inferiority complexes. It's hatred for those who side with Israel. Mistakes were made. But now we have no choice but to protect ourselves and carry on. Maybe change tactics. Who knows but we cannot lose to these inhuman asses.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 27, 2006 12:13 AM

16 Nuke the sombitches. It will be over in a flash and forgotten sooner than we think.

Posted by: Last gasp Larry at October 27, 2006 02:00 AM

17 What is this 3000 year old culture that some posters are refering to? Seems to me there was a civilization that was wiped out by Islam, somewhere around where modern Iraq is now.

The Parthians held what we call Iraq, and defeated Roman Legions that attacked them in 53?BC under Crassus. Wars continued. Then Sassanians replaced the Parthians about 226 AD, and drove the Romans back about 362 AD. A series of wars involving Huns, Kushans, and Turks weakened the whole region. After a slight resurgence, the Sassanian army was destroyed by Arabs at Qadisiyya about 637AD and 12 years later Muslims had completely overrun the peoples that had been the Sassanians. So basically we are dealing with a 1400 year old expansionist military cult, with lots of variation. Wars happen, cultures live, cultures die. I think its time for the 14 century old death cult to finally rest in peace.

This cult has already destroyed the ancient world, and now it's looking at us.

I guess we could sit here and wait till Muslims get the bomb ...?

USA all the way, for another 3000 years! Thats a good start.

Posted by: Michael Weaver at October 27, 2006 10:25 PM

18 Well said Michael. Well said.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 28, 2006 06:50 PM

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