Schumer: Success In Iraq A "50/50" Proposal (VIDEO)

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The Huffington Post

Sunday's twin bombings in Iraq were the first topic of discussion on NBC's Meet The Press Sunday morning. The attacks killed at least 147 and wounded 720.

Referencing the attack, David Gregory asked Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) if the US had "won in Iraq."

GREGORY: Have we won in Iraq?


SEN. CORNYN: I think we've certainly made great progress. You know, I wouldn't declare a victory or say we've won, but it certainly is much better than anyone even...

GREGORY: Mm-hmm.

SEN. CORNYN: ...hoped for just a few months ago.

SEN. SCHUMER: If, if the goal...

GREGORY: It's premature?

SEN. SCHUMER: ...if the, if the goal has--if the goal was to stop terrorism, that link between Iraq and terrorism has long been exposed as false. If the goal is to bring stability, it's still a 50/50 proposition even after all we've done.


Before Sen. Schumer stated the dim "50/50" prospects for succeess in Iraq, he praised the sacrifice of troops, noting that over 4,000 had given their lives for the war. Schumer also noted the war's staggering $1 trillion price tag.

Sunday's bombings follow a report released by the Iraqi government estimating that 85,000 civilians died from 2004-2009. Deaths logged from March 2003 (the invastion of Iraq) - 2004, were not included in the government's tally. About 148,000 people were injured during the same period.