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Another Convert On Iraq (Harry Reids loss)
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Posted on 12/19/2007 11:59:17 AM PST by HD1200

Yet another Democratic Congressman has returned from Iraq impressed by what he found. This time, Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says that he sees where Petraeus is heading, and that we will succeed if we persevere in the short term: U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly returned from a second trip to Iraq in five months encouraged that the mission there is going better and that by 2009 the U.S. military's role could be primarily as trainers and advisers. "I feel we've made progress, and the other part is I feel we can see an end game in sight," Donnelly, D-Ind., told reporters on a conference call Tuesday from Washington. "It isn't we just keep plugging away in the hopes something will turn out right. Gen. (David) Petraeus is working a plan and we seem to be heading toward a place where the Iraqis can be self-sustaining and we'll have a smaller presence in the background." Donnelly's findings were in stark contrast to his visit to Iraq last July, when he said the only positive thing that happened in that country since the beginning of the war in March 2003 was the ouster of Saddam Hussein.

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Another Convert On Iraq

Yet another Democratic Congressman has returned from Iraq impressed by what he found. This time, Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says that he sees where Petraeus is heading, and that we will succeed if we persevere in the short term:

U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly returned from a second trip to Iraq in five months encouraged that the mission there is going better and that by 2009 the U.S. military's role could be primarily as trainers and advisers. "I feel we've made progress, and the other part is I feel we can see an end game in sight," Donnelly, D-Ind., told reporters on a conference call Tuesday from Washington. "It isn't we just keep plugging away in the hopes something will turn out right. Gen. (David) Petraeus is working a plan and we seem to be heading toward a place where the Iraqis can be self-sustaining and we'll have a smaller presence in the background." Donnelly's findings were in stark contrast to his visit to Iraq last July, when he said the only positive thing that happened in that country since the beginning of the war in March 2003 was the ouster of Saddam Hussein.

Donnelly made an interesting observation on reconciliation. Provincial governments have worked with each other more successfully than reported, doing better on pragmatic reconciliation than the central government in Baghdad. That may surprise some, as the media constantly talks about the lack of provincial elections. The government bodies in place appear to be delivering stability and security even without the elections, and the Iraqis are responding to the success.

Petraeus wants the force levels to return to pre-surge numbers by July, Donnelly says. He doesn't have much choice; the rotation schedule dictates that. Donnelly believes we can draw down to 100,000 by the end of 2008, a number that will not sit well with his fellow Democrats. If they cannot get the numbers down farther than that before the 2008 elections, they will face a significant backlash from the anti-war activists, who may abandon the Democrats for Greens or independents instead in some races as a protest.

For the rest of us who want to see the mission succeed, Donnelly's perspective shows that success is not a mirage or a Dick Cheney-inspired conspiracy. More hard work lies ahead, but we have the right strategy and the right leadership in place now to succeed.

1 posted on 12/19/2007 11:59:18 AM PST by HD1200
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To: HD1200
Donnelly better watch his back. Scary Reid (D - Al Qeada) may have his head removed.
2 posted on 12/19/2007 12:01:48 PM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: HD1200

Technically it’s Pelosi’s loss as he is a Representative, not a Senator. But I still agree with you about the spirit of the comment. One more Dem sees reality as it truly is.


3 posted on 12/19/2007 12:02:21 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: molette67; NavyDude

Hoosier ping


4 posted on 12/19/2007 12:03:37 PM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: HD1200

I hope his district doesn’t need funding, cause Nancypants and company are going to punish him for this.

And thats whats wrong with a Democrat majority these days.


5 posted on 12/19/2007 12:03:43 PM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: IamMOLE

Hoosier ping


6 posted on 12/19/2007 12:03:58 PM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: Secret Agent Man

And actually, he may also be doing this not only because he sees it’s working, but he’s doing (at the same time) a cover-his-a$$ maneuver because the Dems have had this issue totally taken away from them since the surge has been working. They thought they’d have this as a great issue for elections/re-elections, and he’s seen the writing on the wall and has decided early on it will work best for him by becoming for it rather than reluctantly neutral/against it.


7 posted on 12/19/2007 12:05:16 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: do the dhue

Just checked your profile. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to find no pictures of Ms Dhue...(chuckle)

The rest of it was GREAT, btw.


8 posted on 12/19/2007 12:06:03 PM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: do the dhue
Donnelly better watch his back. Scary Reid (D - Al Qeada) may have his head removed.

LOL! Otherwise, Reids ass will be removed, i.e., whole Reid since he's nothing but an ass!

If you solve the two simultaneous equations above, you arrive at:

Reid = ass whole!

Better than public education, don't you say?

9 posted on 12/19/2007 12:07:41 PM PST by melancholy (Beware of Ho Chi Minh's offspring, Ho She Marx , invading the WH.)
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To: All

Here is what this is about:

“In the IN-02, Democrat Joe Donelly defeated Republican incument Chris Chocola by 15,213 votes (7.9%), a 9.4 % improvement over the share of the vote Donelly took in 2004.”

He is a place holder in a GOP seat that was lost due to the corruption Perfect Storm in 2006. It is a swing district filled with moderates and many Democrats and a strong Moderate GOP candidate Who Can Self Fund can win this seat.

Donelly knows it. He is polishing up some conservative credentials.


10 posted on 12/19/2007 12:11:21 PM PST by Owen
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To: Badeye
Thanks, I better get a pic of her up there.

Thanks again

11 posted on 12/19/2007 12:13:02 PM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: do the dhue

The RATS are abandoning the leaky Dimocrap ship. I hope the captains of that ship - Reid and Pelosi - have enough honor to go down with it.


12 posted on 12/19/2007 12:15:07 PM PST by caisson71
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To: HD1200

Nice to hear this, HD1200. Thanks for posting it.


13 posted on 12/19/2007 12:16:16 PM PST by syriacus ( 30,000 Americans died in 30 months in Korea under Truman, who had abandoned S Korea in 1949.)
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To: HD1200
How about all the bileous Republicans in Congress that have spent a year or two trying to drag us down, in Iraq?
14 posted on 12/19/2007 12:16:44 PM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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To: do the dhue

Yes, you should!

(chuckle)

Great page, with that exception.


15 posted on 12/19/2007 12:18:30 PM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: melancholy
Brilliant!!!


16 posted on 12/19/2007 12:19:05 PM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: caisson71
I hope the captains of that ship - Reid and Pelosi - have enough honor to go down with it.

HA! The cut and run crowd go down with the ship? Not likely.

17 posted on 12/19/2007 12:21:05 PM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: Badeye

I just fixed it for you.


18 posted on 12/19/2007 12:22:43 PM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: do the dhue

You da man!


19 posted on 12/19/2007 12:28:21 PM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: Owen

Donelly ran as a CONSERVATIVE DEM against a moderate Republican (RINO), then IMMEDIATELY sold out to the Lib Agenda when he got to Washington.

This district runs the North Central part of the state, from suburban Chicagoland, to the outskirts of Elkhart, all the way down to Kokomo and the outskirts of Lafayette.
It’s spread through 4 different television markets.

The Democrat Stronghold is SOUTH BEND...

A LOT of folks I know here are NOT happy with thier freshman. They DID NOT send him to Washington to surrender...


20 posted on 12/19/2007 12:29:52 PM PST by tcrlaf (VOTE DEMOCRAT-You'll look great in a Burka!)
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