Michael Reagan: 'Let the military go do what it does best, kill people and break things'
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Friday June 1, 2007
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On Thursday, MSNBC's Scarborough Country discussed the rapid increase in US military casualties in Iraq and the latest Gallup Poll, which shows 54% of Americans wanting to get out of Iraq and only 25% saying to stay the course. In light of these facts, Joe Scarborough asked conservative commentator Michael Reagan, "What can a president do but abandon a bloody and unpopular war?"

"Shut off the television sets," Reagan responded. "I mean, when was the last time you heard a body count on the other side? ... All you hear about is the body count of Americans, not the job that they are doing."

He continued, "If I was there with the president of the United States, know what I'd tell him? I'd tell him shut off the press, let the military go do what it does best, kill people and break things. ... Give them some positive news about what these soldiers are doing that are fighting. Yes, they are dying, but they are doing such a fabulous job ..."

Moving on to elaborate on the negative consequences of the US pulling out of Iraq, Reagan said, "I wouldn't blame Japan or Taiwan to go nuclear, because no longer will anybody in the world be able to trust the United States of America." If Iraq is returned to the Iraqis, he insisted, one or two million people will die and "they'll find another reason to hate America."

The following video is from MSNBC's Scarborough Country.