'Hawkish Democrat'? That's like saying, 'Homosexual heterosexual'. There ain't no such animal. But that doesn't stop the AP writer from trying to make the connection anyway.
The comments by the Pennsylvania lawmaker, who has spent three decades in the House, hold particular weight because he is close to many military commanders and has enormous credibility with his colleagues on defense issues. He voted for the war in 2002, and remains the top Democrat on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.
"Close to many military commanders"? I have many friends and relatives who are Democrats. I'm close to them, but that doesn't mean that I agree with them.
"Enormous credibility with his colleagues"? Which colleagues? I doubt that he has "enormous" (nice choice of words) credibility with the vast majority of the House Republicans. Maybe with Nancy Pelosi and her gang, but I doubt that he gathers much sympathy from the Right.
"It's time to bring them home," said Rep. John Murtha, a decorated Korean War and Vietnam combat veteran, choking back tears during remarks to reporters. "Our military has accomplished its mission and done its duty."
What is with these weepy Democrats? Wasn't it Dick "Turban" Durbin who was weeping on the Senate floor not too long ago? And I've seen Harry Reid choked up a time or two. Nancy Pelosi broke down after Bush won the last election. These people are just hysterical, the men even more so than the women!
And yes, our military has done its duty, as they always do when the politicians allow them to do so, but unless this moron thinks that the mission is to damage President Bush by allowing Iraq to degrade into civil war, the mission has not been accomplished.
The anti-war politicians didn't allow the military to do its duty in Vietnam, and millions died. Thousands of our own troops died needlessly because the Democrats wouldn't let the military do what needed to be done to win the war (i.e bomb Saigon, overfly Laos & Cambodia on bombing runs). Just as today, they were fighting a politically correct war instead of doing what needed to be done to defeat the enemy.
"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."
"Have become" the primary target? Excuse me, Congressman, but they always have been a target of the terrorists (not insurgents). And if they are the "primary" target, why are so many more Iraqi civilians dying from terrorist attacks in Iraq than US troops? These "insurgents" must have really, really bad aim. Either that or they're so stupid that they can't tell a burqa clad girl from a fully-dressed US Marine. That's possible. If they fall for the "72 virgins" (i.e. little girls) thing, they can't be too smart.
And a war is not going "as advertised"? Imagine that! If this idiot had been in office in 1942 we would have just quit fighting WWII and brought the troops home because the war wasn't going as planned. Here's a clue, Congressman Einstein: there has never in the history of the world been a war that has gone as planned. For being such a respected war veteran, he doesn't seem to understand the nature of war.
"... a flawed policy wrapped in illusion"? This guy is a fool wrapped in the Emperor's clothes.
"Congressman Murtha is a respected veteran and politician who has a record of supporting a strong America," said White House press secretary Scott McClellan. "So it is baffling that he is endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic Party."
"The eve of an historic democratic election in Iraq is not the time to surrender to the terrorists," McClellan said. "After seeing his statement, we remain baffled — nowhere does he explain how retreating from Iraq makes America safer."
Alright! The White House has finally went on the offensive, and this statement seems to indicate that they intend to remain there. Why it took them 2-1/2 years to do so is beyond me, but they'd better keep it up. Part of Bush's low poll rating is, I'm sure, because a lot of us are sick of him standing there taking punches from the Left. We on the Right are supposed to be the hardasses, yet we keep taking it and taking it from the Left. The Left wants to make us out to be macho assholes? We may as well act the part. After all, who are we going to offend? The MSM? The Left? Piss on them. No matter what we do, they can't get any more vicious than they are now.
What are they going to do. call us "uncivil"? "Partisan"? "Mean-spirited"? "Warmongers"? "Murderers"? "Nazis"? They really can't call us anything worse than they already have, can they? We don't need to turn into shrieking, hysterical loons like they are, but there is no reason that we shouldn't point out their lies and associate them with the nutpacks of the Left whom they're kowtowing to.
What gets me about this idiot Congressman is the huge play that he's gotten from the MSM. He's a pissant that nobody's ever heard of (except Bob). Yet, when he starts weeping about pulling the troops out of Iraq its huge news.
The MSM has become absolutely shameless. A Democrat is saying that we should pull our troops out of Iraq? Wow! That deserves massive news coverage! Nobody's ever heard of him? We'll fix that!
This story has been on Yahoo news all day long. I've also seen it on AOL, The Wahington Post, the New York Times and even Al Jazeera!
Congressman Murtha should be tried for treason rather than receiving accolades in the press.