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Senate Urges Bush to Declare Iran Guard a Terrorist Group

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 — The Senate approved a resolution on Wednesday urging the Bush administration to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, and lawmakers briefly set aside partisan differences to approve a measure calling for stepped-up diplomacy to forge a political solution in Iraq.

. . . Appearances by the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on Monday at Columbia University and on Tuesday at the United Nations, where he said Iran would ignore Security Council resolutions about its nuclear program, seemed to toughen the resolve of Senate Democrats, who had been hesitant to take an overly aggressive stance.

. . . Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, a Democrat and the majority leader, voted for the proposal after initially urging caution. “We certainly don’t want to be led down the path, slowly but surely, until we wind up with the situation like we have in Iraq today,” he said Tuesday. “So I am going to be very, very cautious.”

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What a pathetic admission, that it took Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Columbia speech to do something Harry Reid has been unable to do--toughen the resolve of Senate Democrats.

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And, when that resolve was toughened, it huffed and it puffed and it gave George Bush the opening he needs to disastrously invade another Middle Eastern nation--this time Iran. The man who couldn't say no to war in Iraq, now cannot say no to war in Iran.

Reid's quote was insightful; "We certainly don’t want to be led down the path, slowly but surely." How would you prefer to be led, Harry? By the nose? With a collar around your neck and a leash? With you balls in George Bush's clenched fist?

I am chagrined to have to instruct you, but it is the job of the Majority Leader of the Senate to lead. That's why they call it Majority Leader. You have utterly failed the Democratic Party, your fellow Senators and the nation by the total incompetence with which you failed the leadership responsibilities that were entrusted to you in January of this year.

You weren't elected to be led, Harry and if you have no capacity for leadership yourself, then at least have the common decency in this wrecked period in American history to get the hell out of the way and let someone else take over. You are an embarrassment to Democrats at a time when we can ill afford such mediocrity.

Step down. For the good of the nation, for god's sake, step down.
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