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Harry Reid Uses Dead Marines To Push Democratic Agenda

March 20, 2013 by  

Harry Reid Uses Dead Marines To Push Democratic Agenda
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) used the deaths of seven Marines to push the Democratic agenda with regard to sequestration

Sometimes, tragic military training accidents take the lives of America’s finest. However, only during budget cuts do lawmakers try to shamelessly blame the deaths on conservative fiscal policies.

Seven Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force were killed in a Monday night explosion at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada when a 60mm mortar exploded during a training exercise. All of the victims were males under the age of 30, according to reports.

The tragedy prompted lawmakers and military leaders throughout the Nation to express condolences to the families of those killed.

“The men and women who work and train there put service ahead of self each and every day,” Republican Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada said in a statement. “Kathleen and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to those killed and their families.”

“I was so saddened to learn about the seven Marines from Camp Lejeune who were killed last night in Nevada,” Senator Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Marines who were killed and those who were injured, and I will continue to monitor the investigation so we can find out what happened and take appropriate steps.”

And then, of course, there was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) who expressed condolences before quickly using the tragedy to push the Democratic agenda with regard to sequestration.

Reid said on the Senate floor:

As I indicated, it was quite a big explosion. We’ll follow this news very closely. I will do whatever I can going forward to support the United States military and the families of the fallen Marines.

Mr. President, it’s very important we continue training our military, so important. But one of the things in sequester is we cut back in training and maintenance. That’s the way sequester was written. Now, the bill that’s on the floor, we hope to pass today helps that a little bit. At least in the next six months, it allows the military some degree of ability to move things around a little bit. Flexibility, we call it, and that’s good. But we have to be very vigilant. This sequester should go away. We have cut already huge amounts of money in deficit reduction. It’s just not appropriate, Mr. President, that our military can’t train and do the maintenance necessary.

These men and women, our Marines were training there in Hawthorne. And with this sequester, it’s going to cut back this stuff. I just hope everyone understands the sacrifices made by our military. They are significant, being away from home, away from families, away from their country.

The Marine Corps quickly criticized Reid’s comments, saying that the Senator was posturing on the backs of dead Marines.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Warrior

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  • Chris

    Who the hell votes this guy back in?!!! It must be the cast of “Reno 911″!!!

    • OneGuess

      It is people like Jeff and RightBrainStinker that vote Horse’s@zz Reid back in.

      • Jeff

        You’d better take your OneGuess because you have not one clue!

  • Winfield

    Looks like Harry Reid, with his spin on it, has adopted this mantra also: “never let a crisis go to waste”.
    I fully agree with the Marine Corps.

    • Combat seabee

      You got that right!

  • Combat seabee

    harry, if you don’t know by now, sequesterer was oblowhole’s idea and he’s a what? Can you say, “liberal democrat?”
    So, we can extrapolate from that, that those Marines blood is on your hands!

    • jopa

      I am sure you all would love to have such a great statesman as Mr. Harry Reid on your side rather than turtle face Bitch McConnell.Just another sour grapes story.

      • Combat seabee

        Great statesman? Thanks for the laugh fool. Where’s the budget which is required by law every year, he’s the senate leader, what did the “Great Statesman,” do with it for 4.5 yrs? Absolutely nothing except say, “we don’t need a budget to run the country!” That’s great? Again, FOOL!!!!!

      • JUKEBOX

        The only thing that is great about Harry Reid is how he became a multi-millionaire while serving in the Senate, and avoiding being prosecuted for the corruption he has committed during this time, and how he has brought family members along with him.

      • Right Brain Thinker

        I’m beginning to see the problem here. When they couldn’t find a sledgehammer, they used Combat seabee’s head as a substitute. And they must have lost the hammer an awful lot!

        The Great Statesman did exactly what any great statesman should have done. Every budget sent up by the House or proposed by Senate Repugs was full of insanity, particularly after the TP fools arrived in force. He sat on all of it in order to save the country from destruction. Simple and admirable.

        That’s in contrast to folks like McConnell, who said the Repug’s only goal was to destroy the O’Bama presidency and make it impossible for him to govern.

        (And people who shout FOOL!!!!! so loudly should try to avoid sounding like fools themselves).

    • Right Brain Thinker

      Combat seabee shows disrespect and a lack of class by joining the group of idiots who think it’s somehow “manly” or “smart” or “cute” to use terms like “oblowhole” for the president. Grow up, Combat seabee!

      And try to up your arguments by doing more than just throwing the term “liberal democrat” out there. Of course, you are just parroting the idiots who disrespect the POTUS—-their feeble brains can’t come up with much more than labels either—-commie, socialist, Marxist, liberal, progressive, etc—-even though most of them couldn’t define what those terms mean.

      Also, it seems like you’re doing what a lot of folks are accusing Reid of doing when you talk about “those Marines blood is on your hands!” I mean using their deaths to try to score some kind of cheap political points. They are MY brothers and I’m mourning their death right now, and hoping the injured ones aren’t too badly F’ed up. I say again, Grow up!

  • Combat seabee

    What I mean in my post was if you went by reids reasoning of course, oit turns on him and bites him in th arse!

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Yeah, old Harry was posturing on the backs of dead Matines and that’s not nice. Of course, he wasn’t the first to do this kind of thing. Didn’t W spend nearly his whole tenure posturing on the backs of dead 9/11 victims and Marines and others who died in his useless war in Iraq? How about Katrina? “You’re doing a helluva job, Brownie” while TV was showing bodies floating in the streets and covered with blankets on sidewalks?

    Harry DOES speak truth in saying that the sequester will likely hurt our troops in a number of ways. Just because he’s an old politician “dog” that does the old tricks is no reason to reject the substance of what he says.

    • Warrior

      RBT, I think harry’s real problem is too much “substance abuse” similiar to the rest of his “progressive” ilk.

      • Right Brain Thinker

        Warrior tries to be a cute “right winger” with this one, but he DOES speak some truth, even if it’s by accident. All of them, right and left (but particularly right) are guilty of “too much substance abuse”—–that “substance” being the piles of campaign cash that the plutocrats and corporate oligarchs use to buy their votes and their souls.

    • Bill Henry

      I have raised children nearly all of my life and it never ceases to amaze me how a group of self proclaimed adults will resort to the same philosophy that children use when justifying their misdeeds. “Johnny did it too, so it must be okay for me to do it”. I find that this can lead to only two conclusions, that they are truly ignorant of the fact that the commission of two wrong acts do not make an outcome that is right, or that they are acting in a deliberately ignorant way hoping that their audience is truly ignorant of that same fact. Either way it does nothing to bolster their self-righteous arrogance.

      • Right Brain Thinker

        Bill Henry tries to go “high horse” on us and talks to us about what “children” say to justify their “misdeeds”. Some children may believe that argument when they make it, but I suspect that most of them know that they’re just making excuses. When I was in school administration, I seldom heard that argument from anyone older than a 9th. grader—-when I did, I would give them “the look” for 20 seconds (a lifetime) and ask “You don’t really believe that, do you?”—-not 1 in 100 ever said “yes”). Bill should recognize that when ADULTS say this, they are not trying to justify “misdeeds”, but are trying to point out the hypocrisy of the “finger-pointers” who would conveniently forget the prior offenders. Bill H is really the one showing “self-righteous arrogance” here. (And, if the children he is ‘raising” keep using this tactic on him, he needs to examine what he is doing wrong that it keeps happening—he must be leaving out some important prior “lessons”)

    • Combat seabee

      Right thinker, ever been in the military? You are so wrong. They are training with live explosives, accidents happen from time to time. Next plane crash , is that because of sequesterer also if the damn thing crashed due to poor workmanship? I, while training with Marines, watched a Marine boot drop a round into a tube and it went straight up. We all ran like hell, and survived that incident, but it happens!

      • Right Brain Thinker

        Combat seabee asks, “ever been in the military?” Yeah, I have—-USMC back before Viet Nam—I’m nearly 73. I’m not sure what I’m “so wrong” about in your eyes. We had a lot of training deaths (some of them very dumb like a guy getting run over by a tank because he “camped” in a nice open spot that was less buggy than in the woods with the rest of us—-happened to be on a tank route they used on night maneuvers). I myself was nearly shot on the rifle range with an unloaded M-1. I never said that any of that or this present tragedy were due to any sequester, although we did make do with some old crap because somebody was holding the purse strings tight—-nothing new for the USMC—-we always had nice new shiny ammo, though. I’ve reread what Reid and I said and I still think the gist of his remarks was pro-troops.

    • gunner

      Harry Reid is a disgrace. He is only concerned about reduced military funding because it affects the state he represents. He couldn’t care less about the good of the country – just don’t take away my goodies. Prime example of what is wrong with Washington.

      • Jeff

        How does reduced military spending help Nevada? It contains an Air Force Base (Nellis), you know. When we ultimately end all the wars W started, military spending is SUPPOSED to go down. We will still outspend the rest of the world combined. Our main foes now are not other armies, but guys with boxcutters. How many tanks and nukes do you need to fight terrorists? Not many, but you do need intelligence. It’s much more about on-the-ground intelligence and law enforcement than it is about military hardware.

    • OneGuess

      Yeah, keep it up RBT. Deflect & Misdirect. That’s all you got ’cause the 0 can’t cut it.

  • Deerinwater

    Any thing to make political hay. ~

  • FreedomFighter

    Dirty harry is a piece of work.

    Him, Obama and the cabal of traitors defund the military and then blame others.

    We know the truth Mr Ried, your Dirty little lies are not working, nor is your miss-direction of blame—You and the Cabal of Dems invented the sequester that defunds the military while all the while funnel huge amounts of money to DHS for attacking Americans.

    VOTE THEM OUT – they are traitors and liars.

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • Toy

      DHS buys 28,000 tons of ammo, etc………..!
      Enough to fight the Iraq war for 20 years!

    • ToughGuy1

      Need to impeach Obama, Biden, and Reid!

    • larry ryan

      I’d believe the greenest marine private before I’d believe anything Reid says. Reid lies and spins as an automatic reflex.

  • SSGRick

    This disgusting treasonous little punk just PI**ES me off to no end. Him and his fellow travelers in the democratic party are loathsome creatures to say the least. Harry Reid stands on the floor of the Senate to blame the sequester for this accident, but, because he never had the courage to serve in Uniform doesn’t know the first thing about training exercises and how they are paid for. This exercise was most likely planned 6 months to a year ago and paid for then. This military dilettante knows as much about mortars and live fire exercises as does any kindergarten child. I’ve just absolutely had enough of these execrable, pestiferous, pusillanimous democrats and liberals.
    Mr. Reid unless and until you are willing to take the same risks as these courageous Marines and all the other young men and women who PROUDLY serve in OUR military why don’t you just shut the he## up and leave the active duty personnel and we Veterans alone. We do not need Nor do we want the likes of you and your party speaking for us. You democrats are the same idiots who get us into wars then bind our hands so we can’t fight back!

    • OneGuess

      Well posted, Sarge! Quite right. Give ‘em what for!

  • Jeff

    Yeah, ain’t it awful when a political leader says something truthful and responsible? Especially when he’s a Democrat. You guys would say he was taking sides against God if he said it was too bad someone died of cancer.

    • Combat seabee

      Keep sucking up to the dems you fool! The sequesterer had absolutely nothing to do with it!

      • OneGuess

        [comment has been edited] trying to deflect anyway it can from Obamao’s serial failures.

  • Nelson Nolley

    AS usual Reid is so far behind the times that he just can’t get anything right that he talks about! A 60mm mortar doesn’t explode , the mortar shell which is dropped down the mortar tube will explode! I didn’t that we’re still using the 60mm mortar anyway. Do you all think that it is time the senior senator from Nevada to resign and go home? How about pelosie?

  • podunk

    reed is nuts

  • Ted Crawford

    Death, usually multiple deaths, and Progressive policies are as related as are Night and Day! They never want to let a good crisis go to waste, even if they have to create it in the first place!

    • Jeff

      Like in Iraq?

      • Right Brain Thinker

        “They never want to let a good crisis go to waste, even if they have to create it in the first place!”

        Yeah, Iraq! Thanks for reminding us. Where there were NO WMD’s and we wasted the lives of 4000 good troops and over $2 trillion. Classic example of “creating a crisis” for no reason other than self-aggrandizement of the “cowboys” and enrichment of the corporate oligarchs.

      • OneGuess

        Yeah, Jeff. You and RBT. Look to the past to place blame for what is happening now. No connection. I guess you don’t know that Saddam’s WMD’s were slipped over to border to his Baathist buddy Assad just before the invasion. Look at Syria now. Is that also “Bush’s fault”?

  • Antonio

    They are not dead marines, they are only dead imperialist and death is what happens when you invade a foreign country that has never done anything to you…

    • Right Brain Thinker

      Hey, Antonio—buenos dias, amigo— or whatever language you speak—Nevada may be strange but it’s not a foreign country. And the Marines were not invading, they were invited.

      • antonio

        Whether the imperialist die in nevada or the texas base or in combat in afgan or in a tunnel in vietnam its a good thing. The less imperialist we have the safer we are. Those imperialist in nevada got what they deserved how many innocent people did they kill in a foreign country?? Karma came back and hit them…


    Listening to the Undertaker Harry Reid this morning, I could hear the panic in his voice, which demonstrated to me that he fears being made the fool he is by being exposed in the same way Obama has already been about the sequester. Maybe Harry would be willing to forego his free, terrible haircut in the Senate Barber Shop. That money might have saved the lives of those Marines. I don’t believe taxpayers should have to pay for Senator’s free haircuts. This display of elitism is only the tip of the iceberg being perpertrated by the freeloading politicians in Washington.

  • J.

    Why am I not surprised by harry’s actions. RIP Warriors.

  • Uknowho

    Lets See,

    Bush 2 uses 9-11 to get us into Iraq… no outrage from the conservatives..


    BTW, not a fan of Harry Reid.

    • OneGuess

      That’s the ticket! Bash Bush. Very helpful….NOT. Just like a libtard.

  • Chuck S

    The republicans tried to pass a bill that would give Obama flexibility in the sequester cuts, but he didn’t want it. He had the flexibility anyway – he cut what he wanted to cut.


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