Someone should kick Reid in the nuts.........Pelosi too!
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., used the deaths of seven U.S. Marines at an ammunition depot in Hawthorne, Nevada to politicize the sequester cuts. But NBC military correspondent Jim Miklaszewski said that the Marines Corps is not happy with Reid and accused him of "political posturing," The Blaze reported.
The explosion that took the Marines' lives occurred during a training exercise that was planned well in advance.
But Reid decided to use the incident to score political points over the sequester.
"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," he said.
"These men and women, our Marines were training there in Hawthorne. And with this sequester, it’s going to cut back. 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," Reid said.
But Miklaszewski said during an interview on MSNBC that Marine Corps officials took "strong exception" to Reid's implication. Officials also said the incident has nothing to do with the budget cuts.
"There were no corners cut, and if they couldn't afford to have all the safety precautions into place, they wouldn't do the exercise," he was told by Marine officials.
“There were no corners cut. And if they couldn’t afford to have all the safety precautions into place, they wouldn’t do the exercise. And in fact, one Marine Corps told us just, one Marine Corps official told us a short time ago that he considers this nothing but pure political posturing on the backs of these dead Marines,” he added.
DOWD: To me imagery and who is there and what you say is important. And I don’t think divisions are a bad thing. I actually think that a conservative message that is built for the 21st century would be a good thing. CPAC to me reminds me of going to the “Land Before Time.” And it’s like going to a “Flintstones” episode in my view.
It’s like a bunch of dinosaurs, most of them are like throwbacks in times. It’s like who’s running for Grand Poobah of the “Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes” is what it looks like to me.
When you have Sarah Palin, who is a — it’s an amazing situation to me, it’s between her and the Kardashians, I think you add it up, between a Palin connection and the Kardashians, there’s 10 reality shows that have been built around that.
I don’t think it’s helpful to the Republican Party. I think there are some people, Marco Rubio in there, who will become and are stars of the party. I think CPAC’s time has come and gone. And it’s time for somebody to put together a 21st century conservative agenda.