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Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The Newt-o-matic
"Whatchyou talkin' bout, Willis?" Newt backpeddles on the "Iraq/mistake stuff" faster than you can say Free Republic... (and his people have even gotten the Argus Leader to change the headline on its web version of the story to something much more benign than "Oh, crap, we've really srewed up Iraq, haven't we??? I mean really, royally screwed it up!!!" ... now that's quick work...) [Photo at left credit:]

Oops! Too late to stem the tide of sneering, kvetching and insulting! Un samplito:

Gingrich's efforts to move to what he perceives as the squishy middle, alongside his health-care buddy Hillary Clinton on Iraq is indicative of the weakness and moral vacillation that has dogged him throughout his political career. The complications of those character defects are what led to his decision to resign not only from the Speakership but from Congress on November 6, 1998 - after a disastrous mid term election that found the GOP losing 5 seats - at a time when his personal life was again thrown into tumult over charges of sexual impropriety.
Aye, que dia! Good thing the loyal folks at Townhall are there to save him! The Townies' Tim Chapman grabs the following update from the Newt web presence:

... Former Speaker Newt Gingrich's comments at USD and reported below in the linked Argus Union Leader were taken out of context. On Gingrich's website, his position is clarified:
Gingrich's position of Iraq has been consistent and clear:

1. The decision by Paul Bremer to go from a liberation model to an occupation model in June 2003 was a major mistake (Gingrich first said this publicly in December 2003).

2. The United States needs to train the Iraqis as rapidly as possible and "pull back" from the cities to bases and air fields and serve as reinforcers as opposed to occupiers (this position is outlined in today's WSJ as the official policy).

3. The United States is likely to need to keep some forces in Iraq for a very long time (Gingrich has been saying this as far back in 2003).
On the Newtosphere, the rewriters put up a lengthy transcript of a part of Gingrich's speech in which he criticizes the decision to insert an American proconsul, Paul Bremer, into Iraq, and to do repeated American television appearances there to "remind the Iraqis of the occupation." The following quote, from the original Argus article, is not included:

"It was an enormous mistake for us to try to occupy that country after June of 2003," Gingrich said during a question-and-answer session at the school. "We have to pull back, and we have to recognize it."
Nor do the Newties include the clip whereby Gingrich calls for U.S. forces to be pulled out ... er... scaled back, in Iraq, and redeployed to neighboring ... hang on, that's the Jack Murtha plan!
Funny how the righties are coming around to Murtha's point of view (while calling it their own)

Update: Is our Freepers satisfied? Mmmmmm!


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