After months of heated rhetoric slamming President Bush's Iraq policy, the Senate's top Democrat moved into new terrain by declaring the Iraq war a worse blunder than Vietnam.Ah, yes. A "blunder." A "mistake." Not a protracted war crime -- oh, no! Just a little boo-boo. Everybody makes mistakes, right?
"This war is a serious situation. It involves the worst foreign policy mistake in the history of this country," Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer."
"So we should take everything seriously. We find ourselves in a very deep hole and we need to find a way to dig out of it."
Asked whether he considers it a worse blunder than Vietnam, Reid responded, "Yes."
Comparisons to Vietnam are nothing new, but a "worse than" designation from a top lawmaker is.
Well, not so fast, says that Republican intellectual resource, Tony Snow:
White House spokesman Tony Snow told CNN he disagrees with Reid's characterization.I suppose that whether you'd describe the war as "tough" or not would depend on whether you're being killed or maimed thereby, or whether you're a White House Spokesman.
"In point of fact, it was important to get Saddam Hussein out of power," Snow told "Late Edition."
"Yeah, the war is tough. But the solution is not to get out. It is to provide the kinds of resources and reinforcements our forces need to get the job done, and at the same time say to the Iraqis, 'You guys gotta step up.'"
Meanwhile, let's hear from another Democrat:
"I believe it's one of the worst blunders, certainly is," New Mexico's Democratic Governor Bill Richardson told "Late Edition." "And the focus now should be on how we can get our troops out and leave Iraq with a chance for sustainability in the future."Oh, yes -- I'll bet he is.
He then added, "But I do agree with that because our obsession with Iraq has cost us enormous amounts of prestige ... around the world. But also the fact that we haven't focused on the real challenges facing this country: international terrorism, nuclear proliferation, North Korea, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian issue."
Richardson is considering a presidential run in 2008.