Once again I need to defer to my cousin Ben who said this about John Murtha
Some men born stupid, while others have stupidity thrust upon them…I think in his case it set in later. No one THAT stupid “we can fly fighters to Iraq from Okinawa!” would have made it as a Marine officer. No, clearly he embraced his stupid sometime later.
Whether he was born stupid or embraced it later in life it is clear to me that Congressman Murtha is either to stupid to understand what it says in a newspaper, or is a traitor to that uniform that he once wore. Its not that he is against the war…its HOW he is against the war. He as convicted some of our heroes in the court of public opinion for a “massacre” that they were later cleared of (and he still hasn’t apologized). Now he is saying that the war in Iraq remains impossible to win despite all of the reports coming back from the front that say the complete opposite. This is what he said today:
Murtha: ‘We can’t win militarily’
November 20, 2007
“Look at all the people that have been displaced, all the [lost] oil production, unemployment, all those type of things,” said Rep. John P. Murtha, chairman of Appropriations defense subcommittee. “We can’t win militarily.”
The Pennsylvania Democrat conceded violence was down dramatically and some normalcy restored on Iraq’s streets, but he said U.S. victory remains unattainable as long as Baghdad fails to pass national reconciliation laws.
“To change the political law, it doesn’t seem to me you need the military stability,” Mr. Murtha told reporters on Capitol Hill.
The dim view of U.S. military progress in Iraq and a resolve to force a pullout have been echoed by the two top Democrats on Capitol Hill — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.
The funding standoff will force the Pentagon to make budget cuts at bases in the U.S. to cover the costs of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, including sending furlough notices to as many as 100,000 civilian employees, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said.
She said the furlough notices could start going out before the Democrat-led Congress returns from a two-week Thanksgiving break.
“We are calling on Congress … to send the president supplemental war funding without arbitrary surrender dates and without micromanaging the war before they leave for their next vacation, which is going to be around the Christmas holidays,” Mrs. Perino said.
“I think that Americans have seen what our troops have been able to do this year,” she said. “We’ve got a long way to go, but they have started to make some significant gains, and to pull the rug out from under them now seems irresponsible.”
House Democrats last week passed a $50 billion emergency war-spending bill that mandated a U.S. pullout start in 30 days with a goal of almost all troops leaving Iraq by December 2008.
Mr. Bush promised to veto the bill and Senate Republicans blocked the bill in a procedural vote Friday.
The White House says Congress’ effort to dictate troop levels undermines the ability of Mr. Bush and the generals to wage the war.
The confrontation is reminiscent of the standoff in May over $120 billion of war funds for 2007, which ended when Democrats backed down rather than face criticism for not supporting troops on the battlefront.
Mr. Murtha said this time the president was to blame for the pending cuts at bases in the U.S., possibly including closed child-care centers, libraries, family and youth activity centers, and counseling services for returning troops and their families.
“Rather than working with Congress on a responsible war-spending package, this administration is executing a plan to plunder from these essential base budget accounts in order to fund a continuation of the president’s misguided war,” he said.
The $50 billion bill would have paid for about three months of warfare while lawmakers debates the rest of the $196.4 billion war request for 2008.
The Pentagon last week began shuffling funds to cover war costs last week, as soon as Mr. Bush signed the $471 billion defense spending bill, which did not include war funds but permitted some account transfers.
Critics of the Democrats’ pullout plan say called for retreat and surrender just as U.S. forces are winning ground against terrorists and insurgents in Iraq.
The troop-surge strategy implemented this summer by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, U.S. commander in Iraq, has produced measurable security gains, although the fledgling Iraqi government continues to move sluggishly to adopt national reconciliation laws.
U.S. military fatalities dropped sharply, from 101 in June to 39 in October. Iraqi civilian deaths also declined markedly, from 1,791 in August to 750 in October, Associated Press reported. Mortar rocket attacks by insurgents last month were the lowest since February 2006, as were the number of “indirect-fire” attacks on coalition forces.
Iraqi officials plan to reduce checkpoints, ease curfews and reopen some roads in and around Baghdad because of improving security. Sunni Arab tribal leaders in western Anbar province, now allied with the U.S. military, say al Qaeda is “almost defeated” in their once-chaotic region.