Sunday, July 30, 2006

Has Murtha Lost It?

I'm sure that some would think that's just a rhetorical question because they think it's a foregone conclusion that Murtha's lost it. I wouldn't argue that point with anyone, though there is a point to asking the question. Here's why it must be asked:
"Today Jack Murtha put out a press release touting Thomas Ricks' new book, 'Fiasco,' about the conduct of the war in Iraq. Here's the opening line of Jack Murtha's press release:
"I want to bring to your attention a book review that appeared in The New York Times on July 25 that described the book, Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, by Thomas E. Ricks. The article affirms what I have been saying about Iraq."
If the "article affirms what Murtha's been saying about Iraq", then how does he explain this:
"Asked by Mr. Russert at the end of the interview, 'But you do not think American troops should withdraw immediately,' Mr. Ricks replied:
"I think it would be irresponsible, to go in there and to do what we've done and walk away from it. There's a lot of Iraqis out there who have committed their lives to helping the Americans do something there, and to abandon those people would be absolutely shameful ...
Something that needs to be pointed out, beyond Murtha's statement, is that Irey's campaign is crisp, precise & aggressive. Murtha's campaign, if it even exists, is sloppy, incoherent & disjointed. He's taking it for granted that he'll win in a cakewalk. That will contribute heavily to his defeat this November.

Murtha should also be asked if he thinks it's amoral to abandon yet another group of terrorized citizens. You'd think he would've learned that abandoning people leads to them not trusting you. He told Clinton to abandon the Somali people, who've paid the price for Murtha's advice in blood. He had served in Vietnam so I'm sure he saw the destruction that happened when we pulled out of Saigon in 1975.

If you thought that he would've learned, you'd be wrong. He hasn't learned because he's being given a total pass because he served in the military. Serving in the military is a laudable thing but it doesn't place one's credentials beyond scrutiny.

Here's how Ms. Irey responded to Murtha's statement:
"Jack Murtha is known for one thing on Iraq, his demand for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. armed forces. When Tim Russert asked what he did, he might as well have said, 'Do you agree with Jack Murtha that American troops should be withdrawn immediately?' For Thomas Ricks to reply as forcefully as he did, and say that an immediate withdrawal would be 'irresponsible' and 'absolutely shameful,' and then to have Jack Murtha put out a release touting Mr. Ricks, well…it just kind of makes you wonder if Jack Murtha is bothering to read his releases before they go out the door."
Mr. Ricks is one of the most respected writers in Washington on national security issues. He's earned a level of distinction because he thinks things through, then sticks with his beliefs, unlike Murtha. Murtha isn't universally respected because he's changed his opinions so dramatically and because he's seen as playing politics with national security.

That's why Murtha MUST go.

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