Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes, then-incoming House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman, was quoted in the Dec. 5th issue of Newsweek magazine as saying he wanted to see an increase of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops in Iraq as part of a "stepped up effort to dismantle the militias."

"We have to consider the need for additional troops to be in Iraq, to take out the militias and stabilize Iraq," the Texas Democrat said to the surprise of many, "I would say 20,000 to 30,000."

Then guess what happened. President Bush announced that he would implement that very increase, precisely what Rep. Reyes suggested.

What happens when a liberal Democrat realizes that President Bush sees things their way? Why, they change their opinions. Remember the Democrat mantra... Bush Is Bad. After the President announces his plan, which matches what Rep. Reyes proposed a month earlier, the good Democrat changes his tune.

Hours after Mr. Bush announced his proposal, Mr. Reyes told the El Paso Times that such a troop buildup was unthinkable. "We don't have the capability to escalate even to this minimum level," he said.

Wow! Rep. Reyes supported the troop increase before he spoke against it. John Kerry would be proud.