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For Immediate Release
April 20, 2007

Setting The Record Straight: Sen. Reid's Inconsistent And Conflicting Statements
General Petraeus Believes Military Action Is Necessary For Political Reconciliation To Occur, And More Troops Are Needed To Secure Baghdad

      Setting the Record Straight

"Yesterday, Sen. Reid said the war 'is lost.'  Today, Sen. Reid has tried to back off from that egregious comment using smoke and mirrors.  It's impossible to figure out where the Democrats stand and there's no telling what Sen. Reid will say tomorrow."

– White House Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino, 4/20/07

Sen. Reid's Inconsistent And Conflicting Statements

Today, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) tried to align himself with Gen. Petraeus: "General Petraeus, the commander on the ground, has said so himself.  Twenty percent [of the war in Iraq] can be won militarily and 80 percent has to be won through our diplomatic efforts, politics, and economics.  I repeat: the only way to succeed lies through a comprehensive political, diplomatic and economic strategy.  So says the commander on the ground there, General Petraeus."  (Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Remarks, 4/20/07)

Today, Sen. Reid claimed the President said this afternoon that "victory is imminent."  (Sen. Harry Reid, Remarks, 4/20/07)

Today, Sen. Reid claimed "no one wants us to succeed in Iraq more than Democrats."  (Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Remarks, 4/20/07)

Today, Sen. Reid claimed the President this afternoon "attacked those of us with the courage to ask the tough questions."  (Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Remarks, 4/20/07)

President Bush Consistently Emphasizes The Importance Of Political Reconciliation

Today, President Bush said: "We fully recognize that there has to be political progress and economic progress, along with military progress, in order for that government to succeed." (President George W. Bush, Remarks, Grand Rapids, MI, 4/20/07)

Yesterday, President Bush said: "I told … Prime Minister Maliki this week on a secure video: You have an obligation to your people, and to our people, for that matter, to do the hard work necessary, to show people that you're capable of getting your government to move forward with political reconciliation."  (President George W. Bush, Remarks, Tipp City, OH, 4/19/07)

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