Washington D.C. - The following is a transcript of a press conference held today by Congressman Murtha regarding the lack of progress in Iraq.
Six months ago today, I introduced my resolution to
surrender like so many French Poodlesredeploy the troops. Since that time, we’ve lost 370 Americans, we’re spending $9 billion a month, incidents have increased from 550 a week to 900 a week, and we lost 1,000 Iraqis in the last month.
My plan …recognizes we have done everything we can do militarily in
and we must redeploy. Iraq
(Good 'plan,' surrender monkey).
The president insists our military needs to stay the course, but there’s no plan for progress. I have not seen a plan.
One of my
imaginarymilitary friends said to me (that) when you open up the strategy for victory, there’s nothing inside. That’s the problem that I see, and that's the thing that's so difficult for me to accept.
Now (there are) those who disagree with me. Even a fourth-grade class the other day (asked), “What happens if we leave?”
(Something how a fourth grader has more smarts than you do, eh Mr. Murtha?)
Well, what happens if we leave today? What happens if we’d left six months ago? They have to settle this themselves. There’s no plan to make things better.
(Now there's the plan, eh? Let the beheadings commence. Stuff the women in Burkkas and keep 'em barefoot and pregnant. Let them eat cake. Good plan, Marie Antoinette).
And so it’s time for us to leave, to
surrenderredeploy. And I say that … the success of is up to the Iraqis. The Iraqis must settle their differences, and we must set a timetable for the Iraqis to take complete control of their country. Iraq
Now, every time a timetable has been set here in Congress, we meet the timetable. Every time they set one in
, they meet the timetable. But here we have no timetable. It’s open-ended. And only Iraqis should settle these problems. And they aren’t looking for an American solution. We give them an American solution, they forget it and it won't work in the end. Iraq
(Note to Germans in WWII--We're gonna leave, Nazi regime gone or not. Screw the Marshall Plan. Jews--welll... rotsa ruck)
Murtha decries a lack of progress in Iraq, yet for every Murtha, I'd bet that there are hundreds of soldiers who beg to differ, like this one (who, incidentally is far from being a "yes man"):
But such praise for the fruits of our military efforts have fallen on deaf ears for Murtha, who would most likely want to listen to this guy:
A retired army general who was once called Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's "most outspoken critic" over the war in Iraq now says the U.S. is achieving its objectives there. Barry McCaffrey, perhaps best known as President Clinton's drug czar, blasted the Pentagon in 2003 for invading Iraq without enough troops to keep the peace after the fall of Baghdad.
But after a week in Iraq, McCaffrey praised the morale and effectiveness of U.S. forces as "simply awe inspiring," called the Iraqi Army, "real, growing, and willing to fight," and noted that "the Iraqi police are beginning to show marked improvement in capability."
And while he called foreign fighters a "tactical menace," McCaffery reports, "the foreign jihadist fighters have been defeated as a strategic and operational threat to the creation of an Iraqi government."
Judging by Murtha's affiliation with Code Pink, McGovern and his ilk are right up Murtha's alley.
Ray McGovern, the former CIA analyst who last week accused Rumsfeld of lying about pre-war intelligence, has a long history of attacking the administration from the left. McGovern co-founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, which encourages intelligence operatives to undermine the Bush administration by leaking classified information. (read: Sedition)
He also called for the president's impeachment when he was a star witness in last year's Democratic hearing accusing the administration of misleading the country into war — claiming the U.S. invaded Iraq for oil, Israel, and to establish military bases in the region.
What's more, the Weekly Standard reports that McGovern served so-called "war crimes indictments" on the Bush White House in January on behalf of the left-wing group, Not in our Name, which was founded by revolutionary Maoist activists.