Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 12:29:04 PM PDT
Staff Sgt. Matt St. Pierre, who's been in Iraq for two of the last three years, agrees with Harry Reid. From Greg Sargent:
We've talked at length, my soldiers and myself, and a term that comes up often is, 'this is our generation's Vietnam.' I don't think this can be won. We're caught in the middle of a civil war.... The people that were against us, and they're the majority, they're gonna I believe ultimately win. And that's unfortunate.
St. Pierre recognizes that U.S. forces are the "buffer" in this civil war, and that a withdrawal of American troops will lead that majority who is against us to win. But, as Sargent points out, St. Pierre is echoing what Harry Reid said in recent weeks:
(1) The U.S. can't win the war;
(2) He and his soldier agree after talking "at length" that this is their Vietnam;
(3) The "majority" in Iraq is "against us" right now.
So, Mitch McConnell, still trying to "imagine how our troops in the field, who are risking their lives every day, are going to react when they get back to base and hear that the Democrat leader of the United States Senate has declared the war is lost," I think you have your answer.
Here's St. Pierre on CNN.