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Gingrich Attacks Gingrich

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

(SNN Vermillion) Newt Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the House, told students and faculty at the University of South Dakota that the United States needed to pull out of Iraq. But not everyone welcomed his constructive criticism.

"It was an enormous mistake for us to try to occupy that country after June of 2003," said Gingrich, who was visiting the school to be honored for his conservatism. "We have to pull back, and we have to recognize it." Gingrich also said he was looking forward to exciting new war opportunities in Iran.

However, not everyone is happy with Gingrich’s cut and run attitude. Take what Republican Newt Gingrich said in late 2003, “I think it’s easy to go back now and second-guess. But when I look back and I think about what we felt in February and March and April, I think it was the right war, it was the right decision.”

Yet another Republican, Newt Gingrich then said in 2004, “We have some of our friends here at home who want it both ways. They want to complain that we’re not winning fast enough, and they want to complain if we take any casualties.” This particular New Gingrich offered these words of advice, “You can’t have it both ways.”

Last Night C-SPAN aired a program from five weeks after the start of the war, after Baghdad the dumb statue came down.

As a side note, Iraqis really hated that statue a lot more than they hated Saddam, but anyway.

Newt was there, decrying the State Department and praising the war.

Charles Krauthammer was there, praising the war and pre-emptive war and explaining how North Korea, Iran and Syria were now all going to bend over backwards and do exactly what we want.

But the most amazing neo-con was Dr. (Elaine?) Satel. She was completely overwhelmed with the possibility that the UN and other NGOs would come into Iraq and give western-style psychotherapy to Iraqis.


On and on for 20 minutes about the dangers of letting the UN give free mental health counseling to Iraqis.

I wonder if she thinks that excessive psychotherapy was why things went wrong...
Well, Iran is doing what we hoped, if we were hoping they would keep us in the fear and war business that is.

Satel sounds like she could use some of that free UN therapy herself.

I think if I lived under an occupying force with the chance of death around every corner, I would welcome some free therapy. The are I speak of, of course, is downtown Houston, which DeLay once said was just as safe as Baghdad.
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