Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on defense, will formally outline the Democrats' plan today to antiwar groups agitating for binding action against the war. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), a subcommittee member who helped arrange the Internet event, said the plan is aimed at tamping down calls from the Democrats' liberal wing for Congress to simply end funding for the war.Murtha isn't letting the success of the President's surge plan get in the way of his sellout to
The Murtha plan, based on existing military guidelines, includes a stipulation that Army troops who have already served in Iraq must be granted two years at home before an additional deployment, Marines must be given 14 months at home, and any troops sent to Iraq must be those deemed fully trained and equipped under existing military standards. The idea is to slowly choke off the war by stopping the deployment of troops from units that have been badly degraded by four years of combat.
"They won't be able to deploy troops unless they extend troops overseas. And if we limit the extension, then it'll be very difficult for them to continue this surge, which the American people are against and the Iraqis don't want," Murtha said yesterday on National Public Radio.
I hope that President Bush takes this time to expose Murtha's plan while telling the American people that the source of Iraqi violence has fled to Tehran. That would turn people against Murtha's plan in a heartbeat.
Murtha's plan is based on his need for the limelight. He's now exposed as the most pacifistic Marine in history. He's obviously more concerned with having his time in the spotlight than he is with getting policy right. This also proves that he's the Democrats' point man in their quest to lose the Iraq war. They're invested in defeat because they can't win in 2008 if Iraq is a success.
Another reason why they're trotting John Murtha out for this online press conference is to keep the anti-war Left's campaign contributions flowing in. This legislation also guarantees these organizations' cooperation for their GOTV operation in 2008.
The good news is that this legislation doesn't stand a chance of being considered, much less adopted, by the Senate. In fact, if the House passes this legislation, they'll put a noose around every freshman's neck that votes for it.
It's time that the people of PA-12 put Murtha out of our misery. He's a defeatist and a pacifist at a time when we need a can-do warrior. This is a perfect example of why Murtha MUST GO!!!
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Cross-posted at LetFreedomRingBlog