Thursday, March 01, 2007

Fisking John Murtha

In his Pittsburgh Post-Gazette op-ed, John Murtha tries making a roundabout argument that his slow bleed strategy is in the troops' best interest. Here's how he's trying to do that:
Gen. Pace himself recently issued a report to Congress that said because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a significant risk that our military wouldn't be able to quickly and fully respond to another crisis. Two weeks ago, Gen. Peter Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff, said the president's surge in combat troops in Iraq will further erode the Army's ability to respond to other incidents around the world.
What other crisis would Murtha have us respond to? Isn't defeating al Qa'ida enough? I understand that the military is being stretched thin but are we supposed to stop fighting this war so that our military is properly rested to fight a future battle? That makes no sense whatsoever.
My plan calls for the restoration of our military readiness to what it was before the war in Iraq. For the health and well-being of our military forces, I am requiring the Pentagon to uphold its own deployment and rotation guidelines that have been in existence for years.
Cut the crap, Murtha. As you stated here, your plan is to stop the war:
"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.
The truth is that John Murtha hasn't lived up to the hawkish image that the media has crafted for him. He's finally being exposed his willingness to unilaterally declare defeat, which he's done he's done before. That's why it's time for him to retire.

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Cross-posted at LetFreedomRingBlog