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Hard-Assed Democrat Hawk Says Bring'em Home Thursday, November 17, 2005

Representative John Murtha (D-Pa) has called to bring the troops home. Murtha's not exactly a liberal democrat either. He's a retired marine colonel, finishing out his service after 37 years and time in Vietnam. He earned a bronze star and two purple hearts. He's considered in most circles to be the top authority for military matters in the House and he's quite close with those in Pentagon. He makes regular visits to Iraq and talks to generals in the field regularly.

He said this:

"Our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency. They are united against U.S. forces and we have become a catalyst for violence," he said. "The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion."

Naturally, the Republicans responded quickly, questioning why Murtha would take such a position. He even Kentucky's own Geoff Davis (R-Ky) accused the Democrats of making shameful statements. Murtha responded to recent criticism from both Bush and Cheney saying:

"I like guys who've never been there that criticize us who've been there," said Murtha, a former Marine. "I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done."

One point the AP pointed out was :

Known as a friend and champion of officers at the Pentagon and in the war zone, it is widely believed in Congress that Murtha often speaks for those in uniform and could be echoing what U.S. commanders in the field and in the Pentagon are saying privately about the conflict.

Murtha, who normally shuns the spotlight, said he spoke out because he has grown increasingly troubled by the war and has a constitutional and moral obligation to speak for the troops.

Keep in mind this is a guy who flies to Iraq regularly and has been in the fight as a marine. These are guys who tend get excited about defending America. He's calling for us to come home. The WaPo had a good story on this one too.

posted by Stithmeister @ 11:25 PM

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At 7:10 PM, Blogger Cynicus said...
Have you seen the live broadcasting of Congress today? Republicans are calling Murtha a "coward"..

And then hastily backpedalling. At least until after they've had a few days to SwiftBoat him.

Best part is that the Congresscritters are screaming, namecalling, and stepping out into the aisles over each other's remarks. Hell, maybe we'll get a duel out of this.

Most life and truth i've seen in Congress in YEARS.

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At 3:16 AM, Blogger Greymagius said...
The Daily Kos has a few great pieces on it. The now classic Repug 'Swiftboating' is beging. They've set sites on a much harder target this time though. If the still permitted dueling (which I think they should in truth.. no, seriously!) I think it would improve certain social niceties.

I do note they chose a woman & juniour congress critter as the spreader of slime. Gee, guess equal rights have paid off.. our Dem's didn't have to play gentlemen here and could call her the B*tch that she was.

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At 4:29 AM, Blogger Cynicus said...
i have been told that her election was very marginal - needed a lot of assistance from other Repubs and the GOP campaign funds. So she owes, and this action on her part is payback.

No clue if that is conspiracy theory, but it sounds like it. On the other hand, the Party of Delay would make such paybacks mandatory (Cue Marlon Brando as the Godfather saying "Now you must do something for me.")

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At 10:26 AM, Blogger Stithmeister said...
If dueling's what the want, I'd say ol' Murtha will give'em all the can handle. a 37 year marine's already got a bit a badass in him anyway.

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