by Frank James
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reacted a few minutes ago on the Senate floor to the Iraq speech of Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) last night.
Lugar set Washington buzzing by saying that the current military surge isn't in the national interest and called for a deliberate, well-executed drawdown of U.S. forces there.
Here's much of what Reid said:
"...I would recommend and suggest to all senators, Democrats and Republicans alike that they read the brilliant speech given by Dick Lugar last night. It was very good. It was I'm sure prepared by him, every word. I understand Mr. President (Reid was addressing the senator in the chair) that it's not easy to speak out against the war. And I can vouch for that.
I also recognize how difficult it is for Republicans to speak out against the war. It's been hard enough for this Democrat to speak out against the war. Sen. Lugar's conments, and those of a handful of other Republicans who share his view, to this point two have said so publicly, takes real coutage. And courage is the only way we change course in Iraq. Some floor speeches go unnoticed.
Most floor speeches go unnoticed. But Sen. Richard Lugar's floor speech last night is not one of them. When this war comes to an end, and it will come to an end, and the history books are written, and they will be written, I believe that Sen. Lugar's words yesterday could be remembered as a turning point in this intractable civil war in Iraq.
But that will depend on whether more Republicans take the stand that Sen. Lugar took, courageous stand last night. I look forward to working with Sen. Lugar. And hope and believe a growing number of Republicans put his words into action by delivering a responsible end to a war that the American people demand and the American people deserve.