Fred Thompson adopts the Reid Doctrine

The Reid Doctrine™: The bold declaration of pre-emptive surrender made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in April 2007.

It was quickly echoed by both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Joe Biden, as well as Barack Obama, John Kerry (who served in Viet Nam), and a host of other Democrats.

At The Politico, Ben Smith reports that a Republican, Fred Thompson, has adopted the Reid Doctrine™ in his criticism of Obama’s handling of the “overseas contingency operation” in Afghanistan …

“It really doesn’t matter how President Obama divides the Afghan baby, how he splits the difference between McChrystal and Biden. Because the war has been lost,” Thompson said on his radio show today. “I say this because of one sad and simple fact. The president does not have the will and determination to do what’s necessary to win it. His heart’s not in it, and never has been. The Taliban knows it. Al Qaeda knows it. Our allies know it. And the American people know it. {snip}

“Take your time, Mr. President,” Thompson said. Unless you have a total change of heart and mind, it really doesn’t make any difference.”

Obviously, the irony of accusing Obama of delivering a half-hearted effort is lost on Big Fred.

Regardless, this rhetoric is no more acceptable coming from a Republican than it is from a Democrat.

Shame on you, Fred Thompson.

More at HotAir

2 Responses

  1. I’m not sticking up for Fred, but he has a valid point.
    I do, however, think his choice of words were poorly considered. Instead of saying “this war has been lost,” which I assume he means by B-HØ, saying “this war has been forfeited due to lack of interest and vision” would have been more accurate.
    Øbama has forfeited any chance at victory, a concept he is not comfortable with, by his own words. McChrystal made his request in August, and that request wasn’t for the then immediate future, but for the spring offensive by the Towliebans. When the snow melts, the fit, rested, and rearmed Towlies will be pouring into the valleys. It is already too late if our alleged president gives his okay, as that number of troops and logistics takes months to organize, cut orders, order supplies, train and reform units.
    This war has been forfeited by a feckless leader who either wants this nation to fail, or is incapable of understanding what a malfunction of a leader he truly is.
    Actually, I think both are equally true.

  2. Unh hunh. I agree with Fred but think it was poorly worded. The words he was looking for was that “our young men and women are being systematically screwed over by a government that doesn’t want to count their votes and wants them dead”.

    Edit: And what n2l said.

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